Eagles stifle Falcons to reach NFC championship game

14 January, 2018, 12:52 | Author: Laverne Higgins
  • Philadelphia Eagles safety Rodney Mc Leod sacks Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan during the second half of an NFL football NFC divisional playoff game Saturday Jan. 13 2018 in Philadelphia

Momentum was with the Eagles as Foles looked to be settling into the game, until a special teams fiasco gave Atlanta the ball in the red zone after Philly touched the kick. "There's going to be a lot of outside noise in any sport when you're doing something on a big stage". You're aware of it because you're human, but we did a good job of blocking it out and just going to work.

Julio Jones caught nine passes for 101 yards, but could grab the key one on 4th and Goal from Ryan in the final minute. "I ended up on the ground when I came out of my route".

The Philadelphia Eagles have booked their spot in the NFC Championship after a 15-10 upset win over the Atlanta Falcons in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.

"Listen, it really doesn't matter what you guys talk about because that locker room in there is united and I'll go to bat for every one of those guys and I'll go to war with every one of those guys in that dressing room". We just all stuck together and we believed we could move the ball and do all those things.

On offense, former Austin Westlake quarterback Nick Foles managed the game well after a slow start, finishing 23-of-30 for 246 yards.

"Nick was great and we have all the faith in the world in him", center Jason Kelce said. "I feel like we need to stay balanced". O-line did a great job today getting a push off the ball.

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It'll be the defense that will give the Eagles a chance regardless of who comes to town next week and again in the Super Bowl on February 4 if they can get there.

Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said that he wouldn't want anyone else but Ryan to lead his team.

"Damn right", Quinn said after the game when asked if he felt confident in Ryan on that fourth down.

"Over the last couple weeks, we haven't got maybe the big, explosive plays from Carolina and [the Los Angeles] game in the run game. For now, it's just tough".

Atlanta efficiently mixed runs and passes to drive to Matt Bryant's 33-yard field goal for an early lead. "Our guys are united and I'll go to war with everyone of those guys". "The Eagles brought me in and I'm going to keep working and show I belong". But when a team is so strong around its QB, as the Eagles have been as the NFC's best team in the regular season, plenty of grit from the QB will do just fine. Jeffery made a long stretch to haul in another throw with 1 second remaining, and Elliott's 53-yard field goal just made it over the crossbar. Meanwhile, reigning MVP Matt Ryan finished just 22-of-36 for 210 yards and a touchdown (86.6 rating).

The latter was a 14-play, 80-yard drive capped with a 21-yard field goal by kicker Jake Elliott to increase Philadelphia's lead to 15-10, which proved to be the final score. And the entire offensive line, but for one or two times the Falcons got to Foles, played exceptionally well. LeGarrette Blount, who played the entire second quarter, scored on a one-yard sweep, tight end Trey Burton, playing fullback, springing his teammate with a tenacious seal block.

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