Eagles' Zach Ertz jabs ESPN analysts for picking against them

The Eagles are probably going to rely heavily on their rushing attack to shorten the game.

The Patriots appeared to have a touchdown three plays earlier, when Dion Lewis caught a pass from Brady and was tackled by Wesley Woodyard at the 19. It was initially called a touchdown, but a review showed he was a half yard shy.

On 4th-and-goal, with 1:05 to play, the Falcons attempted to go for the go-ahead touchdown, but wide receiver Julio Jones fell on the play, messing up the timing. Foles played well in his first five quarters after replacing Wentz and struggled in the next five.

The underdog billing really struck a chord with the Philadelphia Eagles prior to their NFC divisional playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday.

The Eagles advance to host the NFC Championship game next week against either the Minnesota Vikings or the New Orleans Saints. Foles started out shaky but led two long second-half drives as the Eagles' offensive line asserted its will against a Falcons defense that looked gassed late in the game. Matt Bryant kicked a 33-yard field goal to give the Falcons an early lead. Elliott added a 21-yarder with 6:02 remaining after coach Doug Pederson briefly considered going for it on fourth-and-1 at the Atlanta 3.

- Rob Maaddi reporting in Philadelphia.

The No. 1-seed Eagles clamped down during the most crucial moment of their season to secure a 15-10 victory over the No. 6-seed Falcons, launching a celebration in South Philly.

A 37-yard field goal by Elliott gave the Eagles a 12-10 lead with 11 seconds left in the third quarter. Had the Eagles gone for it and missed, the Falcons would have had to go the majority of the field while also going against the wind. The kick capped a third quarter dominated by both defenses. Nelson Agholor also broke off a huge 21-yard run on a very nicely-designed trick play.

Philadelphia caught a break on the previous play when Foles recovered a botched handoff. Jay Ajayi fumbled on the second play from scrimmage inside Falcons territory and a short punt bounced off an Eagles player setting up Atlanta's 18-yard touchdown drive. They'd already failed to connect in the end zone on a first-down throw from the Eagles' 9-yard line. Ryan was the 2016 NFL MVP because he made plays like that, but he was not almost as productive in 2017 and was hamstrung by play calling and the Eagles defence on Saturday. "Their fans, we're expecting a loud crowd in a big playoff game".

Despite how handily the Falcons topped the No. 3 seed Los Angeles Rams last week, one thing that plagued them all game was pressure on Matt Ryan. Not with Wentz the current and future fresh prince of Philadelphia, albeit sidelined for the time being after tearing his ACL in Week 14. Nick Foles makes his fourth start. Freeman had only 7 yards on his 10 carries.

Philadelphia will play host to the victor of Sunday's game between New Orleans and Minnesota.

  • Ricardo Clara