49ers beat same opponent three times, Eagles will try to do the same

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The 49ers refuted the old adage that it’s hard to beat the same team three times in one season on Saturday, knocking off the Seahawks 41-23 after beating them twice in the regular season. Now the Eagles will try to do the same.

The Giants visit Philadelphia on Sunday, after the Eagles won both regular-season meetings, 48-22 at New York in Week 14 and 22-16 at Philadelphia in Week 18. Unsurprisingly, the Eagles are favored to win the third matchup.

Since the 1970 AFL-NFL Merger, 24 teams that swept an opponent in the regular season then faced that same opponent in the playoffs. After the 49ers’ win over the Seahawks, the team that won both regular season games has gone 15-9 in the playoffs, suggesting that while it may be hard to beat the same team three times, it’s even harder to beat a team that’s better than you, and usually if a team has already beaten you twice, that team is better than you.

When the team that swept the regular-season meetings is at home, as the 49ers were against the Seahawks and the Eagles are against the Giants, the team that swept the regular season is 13-6 in the playoffs. When the team that swept the regular season is on the road, the team that swept in the regular season is just 2-3 in the playoffs.

10 responses to “49ers beat same opponent three times, Eagles will try to do the same

  1. No one actually buys into this adage other than as a way to kill air-time. If they do, they don’t know what they are talking about? The statistics show repeatedly that the team often (mostly) wins the 3rd game.

  2. The other interpretation is that on any given Sunday (or in this case, Saturday) any team can win. The Eagles should be favored. Best record during the regular season, and the home team. But does it mean they will win? Let’s see what happens. Remember, in playoff history, many teams have gotten hot at the right time and beat higher ranked teams. 6 teams have won the Super Bowl with 10 or less wins.

  3. Niners played a team 3 times and beat them three times because Seattle stinks and if we still had the (much better) older playoff seeding from 2 years ago, they would not be in the playoffs. Niners have played a patty cake schedule. If they make the SB they will get slaughtered by the AFC participant.

  4. The Giants look like a legitimate playoff team, not one that was just allowed to sneak in. Daniel Jones and Barkley look reborn. Eagles had everything to play for and Giants had nothing to play for and sat their starters and still made it a close game. Eagles should be nervous.

    Niners swept the Rams last year, then lost to them in the playoffs. Yes it was at SoFi stadium but that was really still a home game for the Niners. Divisional opponents are always tough matchups. Especially in the playoffs.

  5. alphadux2u says:
    January 16, 2023 at 10:17 am
    The Giants look like a legitimate playoff team, not one that was just allowed to sneak in. Daniel Jones and Barkley look reborn. Eagles had everything to play for and Giants had nothing to play for and sat their starters and still made it a close game. Eagles should be nervous.

    Niners swept the Rams last year, then lost to them in the playoffs. Yes it was at SoFi stadium but that was really still a home game for the Niners. Divisional opponents are always tough matchups. Especially in the playoffs.

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    Do you really think that the Eagles showed you anything during the last giant’s game knowing they would win anyway. Your crazy. Eagles in a blowout.

  6. jam11163 says:
    January 16, 2023 at 10:50 am
    alphadux2u says:
    January 16, 2023 at 10:17 am
    The Giants look like a legitimate playoff team, not one that was just allowed to sneak in. Daniel Jones and Barkley look reborn. Eagles had everything to play for and Giants had nothing to play for and sat their starters and still made it a close game. Eagles should be nervous.

    Niners swept the Rams last year, then lost to them in the playoffs. Yes it was at SoFi stadium but that was really still a home game for the Niners. Divisional opponents are always tough matchups. Especially in the playoffs.

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    Do you really think that the Eagles showed you anything during the last giant’s game knowing they would win anyway. Your crazy. Eagles in a blowout.

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    No. What I am saying is, if you underestimate YOUR opponent. YOU’RE crazy.

  7. The Eagles moved the ball at will, just didn’t score TDs due to not wanting to make Hurts’ situation worse. They called the game as vanilla as they could. The Giants were sending 0 blitz after 0 blitz because that’s all Wink knows. I don’t think either team is taking much from it

  8. Not sure the second game between these two teams really mattered. Giants had nothing to play for & sat starters. Eagles knew they could lock up the 1 seed with a very vanilla game plan & didn’t want to show anything to a potential playoff opponent.

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