Jake Elliott's 3 field goals help Eagles top Falcons in NFC playoffs

Ross Houston
January 14, 2018

The NFL divisional playoffs kick off Saturday with a doubleheader starting in Philadelphia where the Eagles (13-3) are the first No. 1 seed to enter their first postseason game as an underdog against the Atlanta Falcons.

The Eagles may have caught somewhat of a lucky break on Saturday night when the Atlanta Falcons upset the Los Angeles Rams in the first NFC wild-card game of the weekend. "We blocked it out".

Behind Ryan, Atlanta moved the ball quickly on the final drive and had a first-and-goal from the 9-yard line with 1:19 left.

"To be honest I feel like a played poorly". The Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans will all be competing to reach the conference championship game. The Eagles have a strong defense and the key will be the Eagles' ability to gang tackle and limit the Falcons' explosive play making abilities. "We just believe in one another". "We have to keep them out of the end zone". Foles' errant pass ricocheted off Neal's hands to Torrey Smith for 20 yards.

"Nick was great and we have all the faith in the world in him", center Jason Kelce said. "We just fell a little bit short".

"You guys doubted him, we never doubted him", Jeffery said.

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

"It was tough, but the game was on the line, " Freeman said.

That play is probably the best way to sum up the sloppy state of affairs in the first half that included four fumbles by the Eagles and a missed extra point.

"It was really more like a PCL, and I really started feeling stuff on my PCL". But Eagles fans are feeling anything but secure going into the game. Tennessee hasn't been in the AFC Championship Game since 2003.

The fine wine that is Matt Bryant cashed in the Falcons' first drive with a 33-yard field goal. Foles was 5 of 6 for 70 yards on the drive, including a clutch 21-yard completion on third-and-8 to Alshon Jeffrey. The score was set up by the Eagles' second turnover as Bryan Braman touched the ball following a punt, putting Atlanta at the Philadelphia 18-yard-line to start the possession.

The game eventually came to an obvious end in the fourth quarter when Julio Jones was unable to get a hold of a pass from QB Matt Ryan on fourth and goal, giving the Eagles no choice but to run down the clock to an inevitable win.

The Eagles then put together an 80-yard drive covering 14 plays, but again faltered close to the end zone. But on the very next play, Eagles running back Jay Ajayi was the recipient of a big Ricardo Allen hit and fumbled.

Despite being the top seed in their conference, the Eagles find themselves as underdogs entering today's game due to the absence of star quarterback Carson Wentz, who suffered a season-ending knee injury a year ago. The 11-play, 59-yard drive stalled at the 16.

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