Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

'Nick Foles is the man:' Eagles get huge playoff win over Atlanta

'Nick Foles is the man:' Eagles get huge playoff win over Atlanta

With the franchise's first playoff victory in nine seasons, the Eagles clinched a spot in next weekend's NFC Championship Game and moved one win away from a trip to the Super Bowl.

The Atlanta Falcons head into Philadelphia on Saturday as the favorite against the number 1 seed Philadelphia Eagles.

The Falcons looked like a Super Bowl team in last week's win over the Rams.

Ricardo Allen forced Ajayi to fumble on the next play and Matt Ryan drove the Falcons 59 yards into field-goal range. Obviously, the Eagles realize that no matter who they end up playing it's going to be a tough battle, but at least after defeating the Falcons as underdogs, Pederson's squad was able to make a huge statement about belonging in the postseason and there's nothing they would love more than to earn a trip to the Super Bowl with one more win.

Matt Ryan responded from an terrible throw/decision by avoiding a sack and completing a jump pass for a touchdown on the next play to Devonta Freeman.

This year's College Football National Championship was a great game like last year's was.

But this is a different team from those in the past. He averages more than three times as many TDs as INTs.

INCONSISTENT OFFENSE: These weren't the Falcons who lit up the scoreboard on their way to winning the NFC championship a year ago. He was sacked three times and under constant pressure.

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Foles directed drives of 74 and 80 yards in the second half — one into the whipping wind, the other with it — and Elliott atoned for missing an extra point by converting from 53 yards at the end of the second quarter, and from 37 and 21 in the second half.

Quarterback Nick Foles completed 23 of 30 passes for 246 yards while British running back Jay Ajayi racked up 98 yards as Philly controlled possession in the second half.

They were fortunate to get out of the first half down, 10-9.

Several Eagles players said they'll be watching Sunday's NFC Divisional Playoff game, but they don't care who lines up across from them next week. The total has also gone over in seven of the Patriots' last 10 home games.

When asked about the play-calling down the stretch, the Falcons didn't say much.

Elliott's third field goal of the game, a 21-yarder, put the Eagles up 15-10 with 6:02 left.

But kicker Jake Elliott atoned at the end of the half.

This is the first time the Falcons and Eagles have met in the playoffs since following the 2004 season. The drive started at the Philadelphia 18-yard line because Bryan Braman made contact with the ball on a punt, setting up the Falcons in prime field position at the Eagles' 18. It would be Atlanta that would open the scoring however, with Matt Bryant capping an 11-play, 59-yard drive with a 33-yard field goal with 9:08 remaining in the first quarter.

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