Falcons lead Eagles 10-9 in 3rd quarter of NFC playoff game

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The moment was set up for Matt Ryan to respond with one of those signature, game-winning drives that earned him the nickname "Matty Ice".

The Atlanta Falcons are not your average six seed. The Falcons are a different, one might say more battled-tested team this time around. Blogging Dirty had some questions for Inside The Iggles and asked that they provide a prediction for Saturday's game.

So why are the Falcons a three point favourite?

54 percent of the action on the total has been on the UNDER. With DeMarco Murray ruled out again, Henry could make a difference. The Falcons have faced the worst type of adversity, and have the experience to hang with any team in the league. "They're playing very well in the secondary, and it's going to be a good challenge for us on Saturday".

With the win, the Eagles (14-3) will host next week's NFC title game against either the Saints or Vikings, who play Sunday at Minnesota's U.S. Bank Stadium. Atlanta didn't turn the ball over and kept the penalties to a minimum last week, helping them hold the ball for over 37 minutes. It didn't take long for Ryan to begin carving up the Eagles' defense. They let the Eagles and Foles convert several big third downs and were outplayed in the trenches. The Eagles players were defiant this week, convinced that they had enough even in Wentz's absence to get the job done. The Eagles are facing off against the reigning NFC Champions, the Atlanta Falcons, who are the experts' pick to get back to the Super Bowl after their victory over the Los Angeles Rams. The run game. Philadelphia has said that they plan on using Jay Ajayi extensively during their playoff run.

Elliott missed an extra point earlier in the quarter.

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The Eagles have split carries between their running-backs all season, with three notching up more than 300 yards.

The Falcons finished the regular season with a 10-6 record to finish 3 in the NFC South. Disappointed that such a promising season ended abruptly, but not surprised.

The Jacksonville Jaguars escaped the weekend with a 10-3 win, ending the Buffalo Bills first playoff appearance this century. But the Eagles have home field advantage against the Falcons and the Eagles are 4-0 under backup QB Nick Foles.

Ultimately, things come down to quarterback play.

That's because, after quarterback Nick Foles' terrible performance during the last two regular season games, I'm not exactly brimming with optimism and am wary of spreading skepticism, in case it's contagious. "I'm sure he'll find his rhythm".

- Last week, Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota became the first quarterback in league postseason history to catch a touchdown pass.