Next week's NFC Championship game will be at Lincoln Financial Field against the victor of Sunday game between Minnesota Vikings or New Orleans Saints. They are hosting it for the first time since January 2005.
The Eagles were the first No. 1 seed to be underdogs in the divisional round, and what they perceived as a lack of respect became a rallying cry within the NovaCare Complex during the week. Foles and running back Corey Clement mishandled the handoff, and Foles actually pounced on the ball and dived into the end zone.
And, Nick Foles winning over many doubters. The defense carried the Eagles, holding them to only one touchdown.
"No offense to Nick Foles, but he's not a first-string quarterback", said Tyler Boroi. "One more and we're off to Minneapolis".
From there, the Eagles receivers did a great job of getting yards after the catch. Without Wentz, this is exactly how the Eagles need to work.
Philadelphia caught a break on the previous play when Foles recovered a botched handoff. He called a timeout to further consider his decision before sending his field goal unit onto the field. "They aren't going to run it from the two-yard line", Jenkins explained.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones can't make the catch on a fourth-down pass in the end zone as Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills during an National Football League playoff game on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, in Philadelphia. He was sacked three times and under constant pressure. That gave Atlanta momentum, but it wasn't enough. But when a team is so strong around its QB, as the Eagles have been as the NFC's best team in the regular season, plenty of grit from the QB will do just fine.
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Freeman struggled to make anything happen for the Falcons running game, rushing for just seven yards.
Here's Stefen Wisniewski tossing Falcons safety Ricardo Allen like a rag doll, and then following that up with a second block on safety Keanu Neal. Still, the Eagles' offensive line did an outstanding job moving the Falcons' defensive linemen off the ball in the run game, and made some really good blocks down the field in the screen game. The defense again held Atlanta, and the offense wasn't going to squander their next chance. We knew were better than them.
And in the end, Atlanta had to deal with the currents on the final drive, which included a 20-yard completion to Jones on fourth and 6. On a third-and-3, Pederson uncovered a new play from the playbook - a jet sweep to Nelson Agholor, who took it 21 yards to Atlanta's three-yard line. The drive started at Philadelphia's 7-yard line, and the Eagles advanced 74 yards in 12 plays.
A muffed punt, which bounced off the feet of at least two Eagles players, led to a Falcons touchdown. On the ensuing extra-point attempt, Elliott hit the left upright, missing the extra point attempt. The Eagles limited the Falcons defense to just 281 total yards, with the falcons going six-for-13 on third down. Then came the Eagles' second costly blunder.
Everyone's already breaking down the Atlanta Falcons' final drive.
Mistakes hurt the Eagles in the opening half. Philadelphia took a 6-3 lead.
It was Ajayi's second fumble in two games.
Foles was 23 of 30 for 246 yards. Jeffery found open pockets to help move the chains. That's the life you live as a competitor - when you get in those situations, you want the ball in your hand.