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NFL Playoffs: Eagles hold on to beat Falcons

14 Janvier 2018

"Yeah, absolutely. We're giving our shots to Matt and Julio to go for it to win the game".

The Eagles embraced the underdog role. They are the Bengals, Lions, Bills, Browns, Dolphins, Raiders, Buccaneers, Rams, and Redskins, or, you know, a who's who list of recent National Football League awfulness.

It just so happened that Jones broke the huddle and lined up on Jalen Mills' side.

The sideline erupted in pandemonium.

Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham sacks Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan during the second half of an NFC divisional playoff game Saturday in Philadelp. They are hosting it for the first time since January 2005. They'll host the Saints or Vikings next Sunday.

The Eagles cut it to 10-9 with 1 second left in the half. "The defense said all week long they're not gonna let us lose the game, and they didn't". The defense carried the Eagles, holding them to only one touchdown.

"Nick is Nick", Pederson said of Foles.

Foles was effective, going 23-of-30 passing for 246 yards. It was one of those plays where we all had preparation and knew what was coming. However, on the very next play, Jay Ajayi fumbled and it was recovered by the Falcons. Without Wentz, this is exactly how the Eagles need to work. He called a timeout to further consider his decision before sending his field goal unit onto the field.

The Philadelphia Eagles will compete in the NFC Championship game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 21 at 6:40 p.m. Fans have suggested a strong offense, Valium and plenty of alcohol to get through that game.

Atlanta drove all the way to the two-yard line, but it wasn't enough. Two plays later, Ryan's final throw sailed through Jones' hands, and the Eagles were headed to next weekend's NFC championship game at home in Philadelphia.

Ryan had his worst game of his MVP season previous year in Atlanta's 24-15 loss in Philly on November 13, 2016.

From there Ryan connected with Devonta Freeman with a deft six-yard touchdown pass. What the Eagles have accomplished this season is really, really special.

Fans across the Delaware Valley had different ways to celebrate the Eagles first playoff victory in nine years.

Here's Stefen Wisniewski tossing Falcons safety Ricardo Allen like a rag doll, and then following that up with a second block on safety Keanu Neal. The defense again held Atlanta, and the offense wasn't going to squander their next chance. On fourth-and-goal, the Falcons called a sprint out play.

And in the end, Atlanta had to deal with the currents on the final drive, which included a 20-yard completion to Jones on fourth and 6.

A muffed punt, which bounced off the feet of at least two Eagles players, led to a Falcons touchdown. Elliott missed the extra point, hitting the left upright. Then came the Eagles' second costly blunder.

Mistakes hurt the Eagles in the opening half. Foles, on the other hand, was 2-for-3 in the first quarter for 19 yards. Philadelphia took a 6-3 lead. The Falcons also gifted the Eagles 63 yards worth of pass interference calls of their own. Foles' terrible overthrow should have easily been picked, but Neal mistimed the ball and it caromed off his knee and right into the hands of Eagles receiver Torrey Smith for a fluky 20-yard gain.

But Foles, 28, is also the same guy who once threw seven TDs in a single game, the same guy who in 2013 during in his first tour with the Eagles, became the second-ever QB to post a ideal 158.3 passer rating in a single game. Jeffery found open pockets to help move the chains.

When the Eagles took the lead 12-10 late in the third quarter, they followed by kicking off out of bounds. "You're in a competitive game like tonight".

NFL Playoffs: Eagles hold on to beat Falcons