Despite their home field advantage, the Eagles are considered the underdog in this contest due to the absence of quarterback Carson Wentz, who was a heavy favorite for league MVP before a serious injury against the Los Angeles Rams on December 10 took him out of play for the remainder of the season. Foles fake pitched to Ajayi, then handed off to Agholor down low who scurried to the three-yard line. Another punt was downed inside the ten, with the Falcons leading by just a point late in the third quarter. The missed connection sent the Falcons to a 15-10 defeat, ending their season and their bid to return to the Super Bowl after last year's heartbreaking loss to the New England Patriots.
The Eagles (14-3) were 3-point underdogs against the sixth-seed Atlanta Falcons (11-7), the first time a No. 1 seed wasn't favoured to win its first playoff game.
And after watching the first half against the Falcons that began with Foles throwing a pass woefully short and his best pass of the game being one that should have resulted in an interception, it's easy to see why.
"Honestly, we don't even care [who we play, ]" Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham said when asked whether he'd rather face the Minnesota Vikings or New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship Game. Ronald Darby. Each had key plays when the team needed them to.
Pederson will be making his playoff debut as the man in charge. Foles, who fumbled on the play prior to Blount's score, completed four of his five passes on the drive but the Eagles did much of their damage through the use of backs Blount and Jay Ajayi. "I understand Carson is a great player, but every week our guys hear we're not good enough". But the Eagles held all night, sacking Matt Ryan three times and keeping the Falcons out of scoring position.
Atlanta is coming off an impressive victory on Wild-Card Weekend.
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And Nadal has plenty of previous when it comes to injuries. "For me, it's because of me getting older". Which should strike a chord of fear into the hearts of the tournament organisers.
- The Steelers are 12-2 all time at home in the Divisional Round of the playoffs, the best record in the league (min. five games).
Ryan was hardly dominant, going 22 of 36 for 210 yards and one touchdown.
Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said that he wouldn't want anyone else but Ryan to lead his team.
"That's how I know him, quite honestly", Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian said of Ryan's demeanor. "He is demanding. He's not only demanding on everyone, but he's demanding of himself".
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"Since that point Carson went down, nobody has given us a chance", coach Doug Pederson said. This is what it's all about. For our team to battle against a fine football team, a team that was obviously at this time of year was playing extremely well, a hot football team.