The Giants had one goal in their game against the Eagles. They didn’t want Jalen Hurts to beat them with his legs.
“He’s very talented, but we wanted him to beat us throwing,” Giants safety Julian Love explained after the game.
Mission accomplished. The Giants forced Hurts to play his worst game of the season against them in Week 12. The second-year quarterback completed just 14 of 31 passes for 129 yards. He didn’t record a touchdown and threw a career-high three interceptions in the Eagles’ 13-7 loss.
Hurts’ performance drew the ire of his head coach, Nick Sirianni. The first-year coach implied that if he had to grade Hurts, he would receive a failing one for his performance.
“It’s never going to be an A, B, C or D if you turn it over three times, right? Obviously, he didn’t play good enough,” Sirianni said after the game, per ESPN.
Sirianni made it clear that Hurts wasn’t the only one responsible for the Eagles’ loss. However, he was frustrated with Hurts and the team’s lacking ball security, as the Eagles had a combined four turnovers.
“We didn’t coach good enough. And it’s all of us. It’s never just one guy,” Sirianni said. “We’re going to look through that tape and we’re going to have to make those corrections from that tape, but when you turn the ball over three times — again, there are different things at play there — but not a winning performance. Running the ball was good.”
Hurts’ interceptions were not pretty, and they proved costly for Philadelphia. The worst of the bunch was his interception before halftime. Had he thrown the ball away, the Eagles would have had a chance to kick a game-tying field goal before halftime. Instead, Hurts threw the ball directly to a defensive back.
Hurts was critical of his first-half performance following the loss and lamented putting his team “in a bad situation” in the clash between divisional rivals.
“I put us in a bad situation with those turnovers I had in the first half,” Hurts said. “It’s something that we’ll have to overcome. And we will. I never question this team’s fight. I never question this team’s want-to or effort. It simply was one of those days, and we’ll learn from it as we have before. “
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