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NFL officials miss that Eagles punt hits wire

Brett Kern shrugs

The officials in Sunday’s NFC Championship between the San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles missed yet another play in the first quarter.

The Eagles were lined up to punt from their 26 on a 4th-and-10 play while leading 7-0 with 15 seconds left in the first quarter. Brett Kern’s punt appeared to be redirected after he launched the ball, resulting in it going out of bounds at the San Francisco 40.

Both Kern and kicker Jake Elliott immediately started to point and complain that the ball hit an overhead wire used for the sky camera.

In this graphic, you can see the flight of the ball, which seemed to take a turn between the 35-40.

“We cannot confirm whether the ball hit the wire or not,” the officials said in response to the punt.

The Eagles were called for a hands to the face penalty, which was enforced at the San Francisco 40. The Niners were able to begin their possession at midfield.

Had the officials ruled that the ball hit the wire for the skycam, the down would have replayed.

Between missing this and the DeVonta Smith catch where the ball hit the ground, it was a bad first quarter for the officials.

AJ Brown, Jimmie Ward get into pregame altercation

AJ Brown and Jimmie Ward got into it during pregame

Things got a bit chippy before kickoff of Sunday’s NFC Championship Game between the San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles.

Eagles star wide receiver AJ Brown and Niners cornerback Jimmie Ward got into a scrum during pregame warmups at Lincoln Financial Field. Brown appeared to give Ward a little shove as Ward was walking by him, and the Niners veteran did not appreciate it. He then turned to say something to Brown, who extended his hand for a shake before things got heated.

Players and officials separated the two players. You can see the video below:

Brown had a monster first season with the Eagles. He had 88 catches for 1,496 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was largely held in check with three catches for 22 yards during last week’s blowout win over the New York Giants, though he was not really needed.

Stopping Brown will be one of the biggest challenges for Ward and San Francisco’s defense.

Darius Slay was so fired up during awesome postgame interview

Darius Slay during a postgame interview

The Philadelphia Eagles put on a show for the fans at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday night, and no one appreciated the atmosphere more than veteran defensive back Darius Slay.

After the Eagles put a 38-7 beating on the New York Giants in the Divisional Round, Slay was asked what it was like to play in such a rowdy environment. He could not have been more enthusiastic with his response.

Slay described the atmosphere in Philly as “mind-blowing” and “electric.” He did so while dropping a million S-bombs. You can see the video below, but beware that it contains inappropriate language:

Slay spent the first seven years of his career with the Detroit Lions. He was traded to Philadelphia prior to the 2020 season, and the Eagles won just four games that year. They then went 9-8 last year and lost in the Wild Card round. The point is Slay has played on a lot of losing teams, so you can understand why he was so excited after Saturday’s huge win.

Jalen Hurts has concerning comment about his shoulder injury

Jalen Hurts in pads

Oct 3, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) runs off the field after loss against the Kansas City Chiefs at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Jalen Hurts suffered a shoulder injury during the Philadelphia Eagles’ game against the Chicago Bears nearly a month ago. He felt well enough to return from a two-game absence and play in the team’s season finale last Sunday, but it does not sound like the star quarterback is fully recovered.

Hurts did not throw at practice on Thursday. He told reporters afterward that he feels fortunate the Eagles will be able to rest during wild-card weekend.

“It’s a good thing there’s a bye week,” Hurts said, via Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Hurts was then asked if he is concerned about not being 100 percent healthy for the postseason. He noted that he has “played injured before.”

If the Eagles were truly concerned about Hurts’ shoulder, they probably would not have let him play in Week 18. While they needed the win to secure the top seed in the NFC, having Hurts healthy for the playoffs is more important.

There is also a case to be made that Hurts would not be so open in discussing the injury if it were a real problem.

Still, it is never ideal when a team’s starting quarterback is banged up. Hurts did not play all that well in Philadelphia’s 22-16 win over the New York Giants last week. He went 20/35 for 229 yards, no touchdowns and an interceptions. The former Alabama star added just 13 rushing yards on nine carries.

A recent report raised some concern about how Hurts’ shoulder will hold up. His comments on Thursday will not make Eagles fans feel better.

Nick Sirianni had perfect message for Eagles after Week 18 win

Nick Sirianni on the sideline

Oct 24, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Philadelphia Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni reacts in the second half against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. The Raiders defeated the Eagles 33-22. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Nick Sirianni had a perfect message for his Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

The Eagles beat the New York Giants 22-16 to clinch the top spot in the NFC. The Eagles are 14-3 and will have a bye.

Though clinching the NFC East and top spot in the NFC was nice, Sirianni reminded his players that those were nice accomplishments but not the team’s ultimate goal.

Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert told NFL Media’s James Palmer what Sirianni’s message was to the team.

“Congratulations. The shirt and the hat are cool. But we want a lot more. Enjoy it today, then get ready to go to work for the real season,” Sirianni told his players, according to Goedert.

That’s what you want. Now is not the time to celebrate so long as your goal is to win the Super Bowl, which is what the goal should be for a team that goes 14-3 and clinches the top seed. The good news is that quarterback Jalen Hurts, who has dealt with a shoulder injury, will have another week to rest.

Eagles, 49ers, Vikings and Cowboys NFC playoff scenarios for Week 18

Jalen Hurts in pads

Oct 3, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) runs off the field after loss against the Kansas City Chiefs at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The NFC playoff picture is very exciting entering Week 18 of the season, with plenty of changes to the seedings possible depending on what happens.

Entering Week 18, only two teams are locked into their spots: the 8-8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers have the No. 4 spot in the NFC as the NFC South winners. The New York Giants have the No. 6 spot as the second wild card team. Everything else is up for grabs.

We already went through the scenarios for the final wild card spot in the NFC between the Packers, Lions and Seahawks (see it here).

Now it’s time to look at the race for the Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 5 spots, which involves the Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, Minnesota Vikings and Dallas Cowboys.

EAGLES (13-3, current No. 1, vs. Giants in Week 18)

No. 1 seed with win
No. 1 seed with loss + Cowboys loss + 49ers loss
No. 2 seed with loss + Cowboys loss + 49ers win
No. 5 seed with loss + Cowboys win

49ERS (12-4, current No. 2, vs. Arizona in Week 18)

No. 1 seed with win + Eagles loss
No. 2 seed with win + Eagles win
No. 3 seed with loss + Vikings win

VIKINGS (12-4, current No. 3, at Bears in Week 18)

No. 2 seed with win + 49ers loss
No. 3 seed in all other scenarios

COWBOYS (12-4, current No. 5, at Commanders in Week 18)

No. 1 seed with win + Eagles loss + 49ers loss
No. 2 seed with win + Eagles loss + 49ers win
No. 5 seed with win + Eagles win
No. 5 seed with loss

Here is a helpful guide to show every single scenario for the NFC standings.

Report hints at Eagles’ likely QB choice for Week 17

Gardner Minshew in a headband

Aug 18, 2020; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew II (15) looks on during training camp at Dream Finders Homes Practice Complex. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Eagles are not giving much away when it comes to their quarterback for Week 17, but some players may have sent a clear indication of where things are headed.

Starting quarterback Jalen Hurts, who is dealing with a shoulder injury, returned to practice this week, albeit on a limited basis, raising the possibility that he could start against the New Orleans Saints. Eagles players admitted to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, however, that backup Gardner Minshew has been taking the majority of snaps during practice, suggesting he is more likely to get the nod.

The Eagles can clinch the No. 1 seed in the NFC with a victory and will have two chances to do it. With that in mind, there is not much sense in hurrying Hurts back, especially since there seem to be concerns about the nature of his injury.

Minshew threw for 355 yards against Dallas a week ago, with two touchdowns and two interceptions. One would figure he and the Eagles can handle the Saints and do what they need to do to clinch the top seed.

Report raises concern about Jalen Hurts’ shoulder injury

Jalen Hurts in pads

Oct 3, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) runs off the field after loss against the Kansas City Chiefs at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts missed last week’s game against the Dallas Cowboys as he continues to recover from a shoulder injury. While he is expected to return in time for the playoffs, that does not necessarily mean Hurts will be 100 percent healthy.

According to ESPN’s Dan Graziano, the Eagles are unsure how much Hurts’ injury will impact him when he takes the field again. Graziano wrote on Wednesday that he spoke with people familiar with the situation who believe the Eagles are confident Hurts will be back before the playoffs. Those people reportedly “still aren’t sure about the extent to which the injury will affect him once he does return.”

Hurts suffered a sprained shoulder during Philadelphia’s win over the Chicago Bears two weeks ago. Gardner Minshew got the start in last Sunday’s 40-33 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni has not ruled Hurts out for this week’s game against the New Orleans Saints, but it sounds like the former Alabama star could benefit from more time off.

The Eagles are 13-2 and remain in good shape to earn the No. 1 seed in the NFC and a first-round playoff bye. If they can do that with Minshew, they could, in theory, hold Hurts out for another three weeks before bringing him back for the postseason. Rust would be a concern at that point, but the alternative might be having Hurts play through pain.

One former NFL quarterback does not think the Eagles are much worse with Minshew at the helm. We may have more time to determine whether that is the case.

Eagles working out notable former rival

Nick Sirianni on the sideline

Oct 24, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Philadelphia Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni reacts in the second half against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. The Raiders defeated the Eagles 33-22. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

After losing to the Dallas Cowboys this past weekend, the Philadelphia Eagles may be bringing in a Dallas Cowboys alum.

Field Yates of ESPN reported on Tuesday that the Eagles brought in former Cowboys tight end Blake Jarwin for a workout. The 28-year-old Jarwin has not been signed by an NFL team all season.

At his peak with Dallas in 2019, Jarwin caught 31 passes for 365 yards and three touchdowns. But multiple injuries (including an ACL tear suffered in Week 1 of the 2020 season and a subsequent hip procedure in March of this year) have since derailed Jarwin’s career. With the emergence of fellow tight end Dalton Schultz, the Cowboys cut Jarwin before the start of this season.

The NFL-best Eagles already have an upper-level pass-catching tight end in Dallas Goedert. But Jarwin, their old rival in the NFC East division, is a 6-foot-5, 260-pound body who may still be effective as a blocker. Earlier this month, Philadelphia brought in another interesting free agent.

Nick Sirianni addresses whether Eagles will shut down Jalen Hurts

Jalen Hurts smiling

Dec 20, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Jalen Hurts is dealing with a shoulder injury as the Philadelphia Eagles prepare for their Week 16 game against the Dallas Cowboys, but head coach Nick Sirianni says any talk about shutting the star quarterback down until the postseason is premature.

Hurts suffered a sprained shoulder during Philadelphia’s win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday. He was able to play through it, but he is considered questionable for the Dallas game.

With the 13-1 Eagles in excellent shape to secure the No. 1 seed in the NFC, Sirianni was asked on the “WIP Morning Show” Tuesday if Hurts could be held out for the final three games of the season. He did not rule it out.

“We’ll always think with player safety in mind, but that’s a bridge that we don’t have to cross yet,” Sirianni said. “We’ll do whatever is in the best interest of our football team.”

Sirianni said Hurts was “in pain” during Sunday’s game but showed his toughness by staying in. He did not rule out Hurts playing against the Cowboys, though all indications have been that Gardner Minshew will get the start.

The Eagles need to win just one of their remaining three games to earn the top seed in the NFC. They host the New Orleans Saints and New York Giants after traveling to Dallas this week. Hurts probably won’t be needed, so it is unlikely that he will play before the postseason if he is less than 100 percent healthy.