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Eagles hold off Giants, clinch NFC East

Boston Scott stepped up in place of Miles Sanders, and had a memorable game with three touchdowns in Week 17. It helped the Eagles clinch the NFC East.

Philadelphia Eagles running back Boston Scott runs the ball against the New York Giants in the first half at MetLife Stadium. Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants gave the Philadelphia Eagles a heck of a fight in Week 17, but Philly held them off in a 34-17 victory and claimed the NFC East crown. They needed a win or Cowboys loss, and the Eagles did not tempt fate in getting the victory. Philadelphia will host either the Seattle Seahawks or San Francisco 49ers in the wild card round.

It was not an easy win for the Eagles. They struggled to get much going on offense, relying on a strong defensive effort to keep the Giants at bay. Such is life when most of your skill position players are getting hurt. They were without Zach Ertz due to various injuries, and then lost Miles Sanders midway through the game. But it was Boston Scott who came on and impressed for the offense. He rushed 19 times for 54 yards and three touchdowns, and added four receptions for 84 yards.

However, the key to this win was on defense. The Eagles sacked Daniel Jones four times, forced an interception, and the game turned on a strip sack in the fourth quarter. With 13:12 to go and the Eagles leading 20-17, Malcolm Jenkins got the strip sack and Fletcher Cox ran the ball to the Giants 1-yard line. Scott punched in the score and that was effectively it. The Giants offense was too inconsistent to come back from a two-score deficit.

The Eagles will now prepare for the playoffs next weekend. Meanwhile, the Giants locked up the fourth pick in the 2020 NFL Draft order.