Eagles hold Falcons 2 yards short, reach NFC title game

Mask-wearing Eagles revel in underdog status

Mask-wearing Eagles revel in underdog status

Nick Foles played well in the second half, and the Philadelphia Eagles' defense held off the Atlanta Falcons in the waning moments to advance to the NFC title game following a 15-10 victory. Of course, the Falcons match both descriptions.

The NFL Playoffs roll on Saturday afternoon with the start of the Divisional Round.

This weekend's matchup featuring the Philadelphia Eagles vs. the Atlanta Falcons looks a lot different knowing Carson Wentz is out of action.

PHILADELPHIA's defence swarmed all over Atlanta in a dominant second half so secure a spot in the NFC Championship Game. Ryan threw incomplete on first and second down, then connected with Jones to the 2 on third down, setting up the final play.

Philadelphia running back Jay Ajayi fumbled on the Eagles' first series of the game, and the Falcons proceeded to move 59 yards in 11 plays capped by Matt Bryant's 33-yard field goal.

Like with any game in the Northeast in January, weather, especially the wind, will be a factor.

Atlanta being such a heavy road favorite - don't forget the home team usually gets about three points right off the top due to that advantage - isn't due to just one or two oddsmakers overreacting to a big Falcons win.

The Falcons, of course, memorably blew a 28-3 second-half lead to the Patriots in last year's Super Bowl.

- Last week, Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota became the first quarterback in league postseason history to catch a touchdown pass. Instead, he took the ball to start the second half, but it was the Eagles who got the only points of the third period. He ran for more than 200 yards in three of those games.

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The Titans-Patriots victor will play the Jaguars-Steelers victor next Sunday in the AFC title game.

Elliott missed an extra point earlier in the quarter.

A mid-season acquisition by the Eagles, the former Miami Dolphins running back lit up the Falcons on October 15. Relying on quarterback Blake Bortles to perform miracles is a likely non-starter.

Philadelphia (13-3 SU, 10-6 ATS) was on the bye last week.

Thankfully, for Eagles fans, the defense has kept them in the game, and Foles hasn't tanked the game like he's T.J. Yates or Nathan Peterman, but he's not inspiring much confidence and he can't fill the shoes of Wentz.

The top-seeded Eagles won their first playoff game since 2009 and advanced to host the NFC Championship Game next Sunday against either the New Orleans Saints or the Minnesota Vikings. Mike Lombardi said, "Doug Pederson might be less qualified to coach a team than anyone I've ever seen".

"Everything kind of rushes through your mind, but the biggest emotion for me was the team, the guys, the resiliency of this football team", said Pederson about his first playoff win after the game. We were the home-team.

And the dog masks were donned after the game.

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