Heading into the postseason, there were two teams that stood above the rest in the NFC.
After three rounds, they will meet as one looks to punch its ticket to the Super Bowl.
The 49ers travel to Lincoln Financial Field to take on the Eagles on Sunday in the NFC Championship Game. It's the matchup many expected heading into the playoffs; both teams were freight trains in the regular season, blowing past their respective competition with relative ease.
San Francisco (15-4) is led by its overwhelming defense. With All-Pro level talent like Nick Bosa and Fred Warner, it's hard for a quarterback to not feel anxious dropping back in the pocket. The pair were electric vs. Dallas, hounding Dak Prescott while giving up just one touchdown the entire game.
Philadelphia (16-3) certainly has weapons to call upon on its offense, though. In Jalen Hurts, the Eagles have one of the league's best quarterbacks. In Miles Sanders, Dallas Goedert and A.J. Brown, it also has one of the league's best supporting cast.
It's a clash of NFC titans on Sunday, the two teams whose supremacy in the NFC has gone largely unquestioned throughout the year. With a Lombardi Trophy just around the corner, it's time to see who truly wears the conference's crown.
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The Sporting News is tracking live updates from the divisional round matchup between the 49ers and Eagles. Below are highlights and results from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.
(All times Eastern)
4:27 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN! Sanders waltzes in with ease as Philadelphia retakes the lead!
Eagles 14, 49ers 7
4:26 p.m.: Another penalty in the secondary brings the ball to the 18 yard line. These penalties are back-breaking for the 49ers.
4:22 p.m.: Gainwell, fresh off his first career 100 yard game last week, is making plays. He gets the first on third down, then follows is up with a darting run into San Francisco's secondary on the following plays. Philadelphia is back in the red zone as the whistle is blown for two minute warning.
4:21 p.m.: Kenneth Gainwell gets involved with a nice catch and scamper, making things manageable for Philly on third down.
4:19 p.m.: A heap of flags being tossed today. Pretty sloppy game, all things considered.
4:17 p.m.: Ward nearly makes the interception on third down. However, he's adjudged to have fouled Brown, drawing a pass interference flag — and a new set of downs.
4:08 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN! Unbelievable run by McCaffrey, who hurdles past one, dekes past another and runs through two more en route to a 23-yard score. Incredible play by the superstar.
CMC putting the team on his back 🔥
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Eagles 7, 49ers 7
4:05 p.m.: Johnson-McCaffrey connection comes up trump for San Francisco once more, with the third-stringer finding the dual-threat tailback on the slant. If he caught it more cleanly, he could've gotten some real yardage. However, he was tripped up right as he reached the marker.
Still, decent drive for the 49ers so far.
4:04 p.m.: Screen play to McCaffrey proves effective, taking the 49ers right to the cusp of the first down marker. With Purdy still out the game, it looks like we'll be seeing a steady diet of McCaffrey.
4:00 p.m.: Another pass goes astray for Hurts as Philadelphia is forced to punt.
3:59 p.m.: Hurts avoids the the safety just barely, leaning over his opposition end zone before going downs after getting cracked by Bosa. Niners defense is locked in.
3:54 p.m.: Johnson looking shaky in his first few drives. Multiple penalties up front as the Niners are forced to boot the ball back to the Eagles yet again. Have to wonder if Purdy is close to returning at this point.
3:48 p.m.: After a lengthy review involving a wire, Johnson takes the field and slips a pass to Samuel, who takes it nine yards before being forced to the turf. Good way to end the quarter for the San Francisco backup.
3:43 p.m.: Hurts just misses Brown, who was streaking down the field. Lots of green grass in front of him. Unfortunate for Philly, who will punt the ball back to San Fran.
3:40 p.m.: Hurts zips the ball to Brown on the screen, who darts past the marker to move the chains on first.
3:38 p.m.: Another three and out for the Niners, who are in a bit of a precarious position with Purdy on the sideline. Looks like Nick Bosa is also being tended to on the bench. Things go from bad to worse for San Francisco.
3:35 p.m.: Reddick with another sack, this time on Josh Johnson, who replaced Purdy after the rookie RB suffered a wrist injury on the first Reddick sack. Looked like he ripped the ball out of Jackson's grasp on the dismount. Referees ruled otherwise, though.
3:30 p.m.: 49ers force the three and out to get the ball back.
3:25 p.m.: FUMBLE! Haason Reddick knocks the ball out of Purdy's hands, sending it rolling into the turf. Picked up by an Eagles defender, who scoops it up. Initially ruled as an incompletion but it was overturned, giving the ball back to Philly.
3:24 p.m.: First touch of the game for Deebo Samuel, who gains four on the run through the tackle.
3:23 p.m.: McCaffrey lunges over the marker for a first down on third-and-one. Niners will need him today.
3:22 p.m.: Brock Purdy and the Niners on the field.
3:18 p.m.: Looks like the Eagles got away with one. The ball seemed to become dislodged as Smith went to the ground on his huge catch. Should've been ruled incomplete. Oh well.
3:16 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN! Miles Sanders creeps in easily from seven yards out. Philly opens the scoring!
Eagles 7, 49ers 0
3:15 p.m.: What a catch by DeVonta Smith! The third-year wideout reaches up, adjusts his body and grabs it over the shoulder with his right hand! It'll be first and goal at the seven yard line!
3:14 p.m.: Hurts finds Dallas Goedert on third down, who is stuffed well short of the first down marker. Looks like the Eagles are staying on the field for fourth.
3:12 p.m.: Hurts rolls out, evading the pressure from Dre Greenlaw before hitting A.J. Brown, who stoops low to grab the ball and move the chains on third down.
3:11 p.m.: Warner headed to the blue medical tent. Something to watch for going forward.
3:07 p.m.: Miles Sanders takes it down the gut for a first down. Looks like Fred Warner is down for the Niners. That could be a massive blow for San Francisco.
3:06 p.m.: Decent return by Boston Scott puts the Eagles at the 35 yard line to start.
3:05 p.m.: 49ers kicking the ball off. The NFC Championship is underway!
2:45 p.m.: The beef was out on display ahead of Sunday's game. Check out this spat between A.J. Brown and Jimmie Ward:
AJ Brown and Jimmie Ward get into it before the game 👀
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2:30 p.m.: Lots of OGs at Lincoln Financial Field, including former Eagles stars DeSean Jackson and LeGarrette Blount.
2:20 p.m.: The stars are out and about in Philly. Big time company here.
1:50 p.m.: San Fran fans made the lengthy journey to Philly for the big game. Gotta imagine this weather is taking a toll on them, however.
1:45 p.m.: Injury reports out for the two sides. Looks like the biggest absence will be San Francisco running back Elijah Mitchell, who poured in 96 yards and a touchdown vs. Dallas last week. Christian McCaffrey is active as expected.
1:40 p.m.: Nick Bosa warming up a little more than an hour before the game. That's a scary sight.
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1:20 p.m.: Jerry Rice is in the building. The GOAT has made the trek to Philly to watch his beloved Niners in the NFC Championship. He's also got a big ole' chain on. Deebo Samuel's impact is crazy.
The NFC Championship clash between the 49ers and Eagles is slated to kick off at 3 p.m. ET from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Penn.
49ers vs. Eagles will broadcast nationally on Fox. Kevin Burkhardt (play-by-play), Greg Olsen (analyst) and Erin Andrews (sideline reporter) will lead coverage from Philly.
For Canadian viewers, the game will be on offer on CTV and RDS, as well as DAZN, which carries every NFL game.
Saturday, Jan. 14 Matchup Result Seahawks at 49ers SF 41, SEA 23 Chargers at Jaguars JAC 31, LAC 30
Sunday, Jan. 15 Matchup Result Dolphins at Bills BUF 34, MIA 31 Giants at Vikings NYG 31, MIN 24 Ravens at Bengals CIN 24, BAL 17
Monday, Jan. 16 Matchup Result Cowboys at Buccaneers DAL 31, TB 14
Saturday, Jan. 21 Matchup Time (ET) Jaguars vs. Chiefs KC 27, JAX 20 Giants vs. Eagles PHI 38, NYG 7
Sunday, Jan. 22 Matchup Time (ET) Bengals vs. Bills CIN 27, BUF 10 Cowboys vs. 49ers SF 19, DAL 12
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