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Eagles use goal-line stand, Elliott FGs to beat Falcons

Eagles use goal-line stand, Elliott FGs to beat Falcons

On the ensuing drive, Matt Ryan led the Falcons down the field and almost connected on a pass to Mohamed Sanu.

The Eagles (13-3) secured a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Obviously, the Eagles realize that no matter who they end up playing it's going to be a tough battle, but at least after defeating the Falcons as underdogs, Pederson's squad was able to make a huge statement about belonging in the postseason and there's nothing they would love more than to earn a trip to the Super Bowl with one more win. The 14-play, 86-yard drive put the Eagles ahead 6-3 with 10:28 left in the second quarter. Instead, he took the ball to start the second half, but it was the Eagles who got the only points of the third period.

As it stands, Atlanta leads 10-6 with just over two minutes remaining in the first half. New England is typically dominant in the second round, and they've reached the AFC Championship Game in each of the last six years. Eagles wide receiver Torrey Smith happened to be running through the area. He ran for more than 200 yards in three of those games. So close to a Super Bowl victory past year, the devastating loss appears to have had a carryover effect for Atlanta, as they've underachieved all season.

Jones had nine catches on sixteen targets for 101 yards receiving. He was sacked three times and under constant pressure.

The Eagles took a 12-10 lead with 15 seconds left in the third quarter when Elliott hit a 37-yard field goal to complete a 12-play, 74-yard drive.

JAY TRAIN: Ajayi shook off the fumble and ran well until he inexplicably went to the bench for a long stretch.

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Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who - without relating the exact details of the President's remarks - said they were not proper. He also denied saying "anything derogatory about Haitians other than" that Haiti is "a very poor and troubled country".

The Eagles frankly were lucky to only be trailing 10-9 at halftime. But head coach Dan Quinn did not regret the choice to put the game in the hands of his top playmakers.

A cagey first quarter featured just one score, Matt Bryant's 33-yard field goal following an 11-play drive by the Falcons. That was right after Foles had to fall on a fumble the play before, a pretty fortunate turn of events.

But kicker Jake Elliott atoned at the end of the half.

- Since the start of Week 15, the Eagles are averaging 17.7 points and 258.9 yards of offense per game, which rank as the 12th and fourth-worst, respectively, in the National Football League over that time. Foles' very bad overthrow should have easily been picked, but Neal mistimed the ball and it caromed off his knee and right into the hands of Eagles receiver Torrey Smith for a fluky 20-yard gain.

The game came down to a fourth-and-goal with a minute remaining at the Philadelphia 2-yard line. This writer believes oddsmakers are overreacting a bit here to Atlanta's win and Foles' last two games. The veteran quarterback felt the rush and let it rip down the field. It's been that kind of game so far for Foles.


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