Philadelphia Eagles beat Atlanta Falcons in first playoff appearance since 2013

Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey here lining up as Nick Foles approaches center made a 15-yard catch to set up Jake Elliott’s 53-yard field goal as time expired in the first half Saturday

The Eagles will host the NFC Championship Game on Sunday, January 21 at 6:40 p.m. against Minnesota or New Orleans. They are hosting it for the first time since January 2005.

Keep calling them underdogs.

As a unit, the Falcons defense couldn't prevent the Eagles offense from driving down the field.

Nick Foles had not played extremely well in relief of Carson Wentz.

Foles finished 23 for 30 for 246 yards, good for a quarterback rating of 100.1. However, on the very next play, Jay Ajayi fumbled and it was recovered by the Falcons. "Getting the ball out of his hand, finding the open receiver and did a really nice job executing the gameplan".

The Falcons needed a touchdown because of the Eagles' fourth-quarter field goal. He called a timeout to further consider his decision before sending his field goal unit onto the field.

Atlanta drove all the way to the two-yard line, but it wasn't enough.

When Matt Ryan's final pass sailed over Julio Jones' head and through his hands in the end zone, top-seeded Philadelphia could celebrate its first playoff victory since the 2008 season.

Ryan had his worst game of his MVP season a year ago in Atlanta's 24-15 loss in Philly on November 13, 2016.

Atlanta was the NFL's highest-scoring team last season, but its lowest production was in a 24-15 defeat to the Eagles.

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One victory shy of the third Super Bowl berth in franchise history, the Eagles have adopted an "us against the world" mentality. He still was able to get to his feet and nearly make a play on Matt Ryan's floating pass on fourth-and-goal. The Falcons lone touchdown came on the heels of a muffed punt that gave them the ball at the Eagles 18-yard-line. The defense again held Atlanta, and the offense wasn't going to squander their next chance. They alerted the rest of defenders, including Mills, who said he knew Jones was coming his way.

Atlanta had a first-and-goal at the Philadelphia 9-yard line with 1:19 to play.

Foles ended up picking up his game in the second half and led the team on two long drives that ended with field goals. Elliott missed the extra point, though, so it was only a three-point margin. Then came the Eagles' second costly blunder. He's gotten the Falcons, historically a woebegone franchise, to the playoffs six times.

As bad as Foles was for the Eagles in the first half, the Birds also didn't have much luck.

But perhaps the most disturbing sign was the surprising first-half disappearance of Ajayi. Philadelphia took a 6-3 lead.

"It just didn't work out", Ryan said of the final play during his post-game press conference, "and that's disappointing".

Foles overthrows Zach Ertz over the middle and the ball bounces off the knee of Falcons safety Keanu Neal before landing safely in the arms of Smith, who lunges forward to midfield.

Philadelphia's defense limited Atlanta to 281 total yards on the day, which included shutting down starting running back Devonta Freeman to the tune of seven rushing yards on 10 carries.

A masterful 74-yard, 12-play drive on which Foles threw for 70 yards led to Elliott's 37-yard kick into the wind that made it 12-10.

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