It’s the moment we’ve all have been waiting for — one of the most highly anticipated NFL postseason games is underway, as Jalen Hurts and the powerhouse Philadelphia Eagles are facing breakout rookie quarterback Brock Purdy and the red-hot San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game on FOX.
Sunday’s tilt pits the top two seeds in the NFC, the top two defenses in the NFL, two top-five offenses and two top-10 rushing attacks.
The winner will head to Arizona to play in Super Bowl LVII (Feb. 12, 6:30 p.m. ET on FOX and the FOX Sports App).
Here are the highlights!
San Francisco 49ers at Philadelphia Eagles
And we’re off
Niners star linebacker Fred Warner was injured on just the second play of the game and entered the blue medical tent immediately. Thankfully for San Francisco, the two-time Pro Bowler returned to action before the Eagles’ drive ended.
Instead of opting for a field goal on their opening drive, Philly made a statement by keeping its offense on the field.
On a crucial fourth down, Hurts went deep for DeVonta Smith, who made a monster 29-yard snag to put the Eagles deep in the red zone. After taking a closer look at the play, it appeared that Smith may not have caught it after all …
Home team takes the lead
… but it was too little, too late. Two plays later, Miles Sanders ran straight through the Niners defense and cashed in for a short score to put Philly up early, 7-0. It was Sanders’ 12th rushing touchdown of the season.
Heading into Sunday’s game, the Eagles are 8-0 this season in games that Sanders records a rushing score. He is now one of five players in Eagles history to rush for 12 scores in a single season (including the playoffs) and just one of four players to do so in the Super Bowl era, joining Hurts, FOX’s LeSean McCoy, and five-time Pro Bowler Ricky Watters.
On the Niners’ first drive, Purdy tried to connect with George Kittle, but the ball came loose. The Eagles challenged the incomplete pass ruling, and the play was reversed, resulting in a Purdy fumble near midfield.
San Francisco’s defense showed up when it mattered most, forcing Philly to go three-and-out after the turnover.
Injures mount for 49ers
Purdy didn’t return for the Niners’ following series. Backup Josh Johnson took the field for San Francisco, which went three-and-out on the drive. Purdy (elbow) briefly exited to the locker room before returning to the Niners sideline.
Elsewhere, Nick Bosa, who wasn’t on the field at the time, went down on the sideline after being run into and was tended to by the Niners training staff. He took the field on San Francisco’s ensuing possession but exited before the drive ended.
Stay tuned for updates!
Setting the stage
The Niners punched their ticket to the NFC title game after narrowly edging the Dallas Cowboys for their 12th straight victory this season, while the Eagles advanced after routing the New York Giants by double digits in the divisional round.
San Francisco running back Elijah Mitchell (groin) is inactive Sunday, the team announced ahead of kickoff. Star back Christian McCaffrey, who missed two consecutive practices this week with a calf injury, is active.
Celebrities and athletes alike came out in full force Sunday to support their squad at Lincoln Financial Field.
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