Eagles Hold On Against the Falcons to Reach the NFC Title Game

Philadelphia Eagles

The Atlanta Falcons didn't care about the hopes and Super Bowl dreams of the pessimistic city of Philadelphia.

On the final Atlanta 4th down play, Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian called a quarterback sprint-out, cutting out two-thirds of the field for the Eagles to defend.

Pederson adjusted his play-calling late in the first quarter after two drives proved what we already knew - Philadelphia couldn't win the game primarily on the arm of Nick Foles - and it made a world of difference in what ended up being a 15-10 win over the Atlanta Falcons. Ajayi finished the opening quarter 49 rushing yards and 58 yards from scrimmage which were the most he's ever had in the first quarter of a game. "This is the season", he told them.

That success running the football set up one of the things Foles has excelled at in his NFL career: play action.

The top-seeded Eagles won their first playoff game since 2009 and advanced to host the NFC Championship Game next Sunday against either the New Orleans Saints or the Minnesota Vikings.

Eagles' quarterback Nick Foles threw for 246 yards on a 23/30 completion/attempt ratio.

Ryan tossed a 6-yard touchdown pass to running back Devonta Freeman and the Falcons captured the lead 10-6 with 5:41 remaining in the second. The two lost fumbles led to ten points for the Falcons. "So, obviously, they felt some type of way about that and they showed up today".

Well, Foles exceeded the passing totals and even though the Eagles managed just 3.0 yards per carry, the balance - 30 passes, 32 runs - was enough to keep the Falcons guessing.

The Philadelphia Eagles are without their star quarterback Carson Wentz towards the end of the regular season and the Playoffs. "We got a big team win".

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"It was great for momentum", Foles said.

"It certainly motivates me", he said.

The took over at the Eagles 18 after a short punt hit a player in a crowd and was recovered by LaRoy Reynolds. In a close, low-scoring ballgame like that, a turnover is huge.

The Falcons had one last chance, pushing the ball down the field with an opportunity to pull off a second consecutive win on the road as the No. 6 seed. The Falcons were called for two questionable pass interference penalties in the first quarter.

The Eagles did put together a nice early touchdown drive, 14 plays for 86 yards, as Blount capped it with a fourth-and-goal run from the 1-yard line.

While Foles did not turn the ball over on Saturday, he also did not throw a touchdown pass and did little to instil much confidence in Philadelphia's offence.

Philly used that edge to help fight past Atlanta 15-10 and into the NFC Championship Game. Ajayi had 49 rush yards on seven first-quarter carries, but the Eagles' run game stalled after that, netting 47 yards the remainder of the game. We're disappointed that we didn't make the play, but I thought it was a good call. "He's got to be one of the most resilient players I've been around".

On fourth and goal, Ryan sailed a pass over Jones' head in the back of the end zone to secure an Eagles victory.

"Just keep on disrespecting and we're going to keep proving people wrong", receiver Alshon Jeffery said. "And like I say in this room, we're not anxious about all that".

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