Eagles clip Falcons to advance

Eagles clip Falcons to advance

Dallas Cowboys' James Hanna (84) is tackled by Philadelphia Eagles' Rasul Douglas (32) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Philadelphia. Including playoffs, outscored opposition 90-44 in first quarter in 17 games in '17...EAGLES: Off last week...13-3 record, won NFC East in '17 (7-9 in '16)...

The Eagles, trailing 10-6 with under half a minute to play in the first half, tried to mount a last-second scoring drive. And when he got the ball back, he still had the lead, handing off a few times before taking a knee, victorious in the playoffs for the first time in his career.

This will be the most exciting game of the divisional round with two very similar teams facing off. Ryan, who grew up rooting for the Eagles and went to Philadelphia's William Penn Charter School, is 1-3 at the Linc. It turns out, though, that Foles is better at throwing the football than the Falcons' secondary is at catching the football. But if quarterback Nick Foles can't help the team sustain a little offense, the defending NFC champions can outslug their way to a road win...

In the second half, Foles was able to find his rhythm and mix in a balance of the running game with former Frisco Liberty star Jay Ajayi.

And, that might also explain why the Eagles enter today's game against the Atlanta Falcons as underdogs.

Despite being underdogs as the No. 1 seed, the Eagles (14-3) showed plenty of moxie in the tightest spots of the fourth quarter.

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"Its what makes sports fun", Johnson said. "They've essentially had three weeks to really work with Foles and the offense to figure something out". At times, Foles was ugly, too. "Just use all those emotions to run and make plays for the team". Foles completed five passes on the march for 70 yards. When under pressure the Dolphins notched two sacks and forced an interception.

Foles, behind stellar play from the offensive line and excellent play calling from Pederson, finished with 246 yards on 23-of-30 passing (100.1 passer rating) and was sacked just once (and that came in the game's first 10 minutes). When the Falcons reached the Super Bowl last season, they did so largely because Ryan did an incredible job of spreading the ball around.

Weather also might be a factor in favor of the Eagles.

Atlanta did everything they could to throw this game. We'll sell Atlanta and buy a ticket on an undervalued Philadelphia side. However, Titans coach Mike Mularkey is focused on his team. The Vikings tied the Patriots for the best ATS mark this season at 11-5 and are on an 18-6 spread streak as home favorites. Of course, the Philadelphia Eagles' rushing defense is tops in the league.

From that moment on, Ajayi resembled the back that gave the Falcons' defense fits earlier in the season when he rushed for 130 yards as a Dolphin, the most allowed to an individual rusher by Atlanta all season.

Titans-PATRIOTS (Over 47½): The over is 6-0 in New England's past six divisional playoff games, 7-1 in its past eight playoff games overall and 7-1-1 in its past nine Saturday games. The Falcons have the 12th-ranked pass defense.

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