Millions will watch on national television when the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles square off in the NFC playoffs on Saturday night. But the game will be ball park for Eagles cornerback James Bradberry.
“I know those guys over there, I know some of the coaches over there, so it’s like playing in a little league,” bradberry said, “When you were on a little-league team and you’d be playing a team across town and you got some friends over there.”
, Bengal will play without another offensive lineman on Sunday
, Not in Aaron Rodgers. 12 for the Jets? Joe Namath hopes so
, Can Jalen break the 40-year playoff drought for Alabama quarterbacks?
The former Pleasant Grove High School and Samford star is in his first season with Philadelphia. Bradberry played the last two seasons with the Giants.
“I think it’s ironic, you know?” bradberry said, “Of course, it’s probably a good story. But I’m just trying to go out there and win football matches.”
Bradberry signed with Philadelphia as a free agent on May 18, after New York released him 10 days early for salary-cap considerations. Bradberry had one season left on a three-year, $45 million contract. The Eagles added the cornerback to a one-year, $7.25 million contract.
bradberry said “It certainly would be lovely” to eliminate the Giants, but mainly because not doing so would end Philadelphia’s season.
“Of course, this is my old team,” Bradberry said. “I know some people over there. But at this point, it’s win or go home. I’m trying to win.
While Bradberry knows the Giants very well, at this point, the same can be said of any Philadelphia player and vice versa for anyone on New York’s roster. That’s because the teams are meeting for the third time in six weeks.
In NFC East games during the regular season, the Eagles defeated the Giants 48–22 on December 11 and 22–16 on January 8.
“We know each other very well, so it should make a good game,” bradberry said, “I remember in 2017, we played the Saints three times, and we lost all three times, so it didn’t feel good to play the same team three times that year.”
Connected: Divisional Playoff Schedule
Bradberry was in his second NFL season with the Carolina Panthers at the time. Bradberry spent his first four seasons with Carolina after entering the NFL as the second highest draft pick taken from Samford.
Bradberry left the Panthers in free agency for the Giants in 2020 and earned Pro Bowl recognition in his first season with New York.
This season, Bradberry finished fourth in voting for the AP All-Pro team among cornerbacks to make the second team.
opposing quarterback posted a Pass-Efficiency Rating 51.6 When throwing to receivers covered by Bradberry, second-lowest in the NFL behind Seattle Seahawks cornerback Tariq Woollen’s 48.7.
Has a 45.3 percent completion rate compared to Bradberry lowest in the league Among full-time players, and faced as many passes as Bradberry, no other player had less than a 50 percent completion rate.
The Giants and Eagles will meet at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on Saturday at 7:15 p.m. CST. Fox will broadcast the game.
for more AL.COMNFL coverage, visit our nfl page
Mark Inabinet is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. follow him on twitter @AMarkG1,