Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Watch Jeffrey Lurie Dance With Eagles After Win

Watch Jeffrey Lurie Dance With Eagles After Win

Behind Ryan, Atlanta moved the ball quickly on the final drive and had a first-and-goal from the 9-yard line with 1:19 left.

For the last two weeks, the Eagles embraced the underdog role.

They will play the victor of Sunday's New Orleans-Minnesota game in the NFC championship game at the Linc at 6:30 p.m.

The Falcons come into Philadelphia riding high after defeating the Los Angeles Rams last week in the playoff opener.

"Everybody's entitled to their own opinion", said cornerback Jalen Mills, who made the game-clinching stop against Julio Jones in the end zone on fourth-and-goal.

Unfortunately for Atlanta, the play was unsuccessful.

"The missed-chances and the almosts, " is how head coach Dan Quinn described them all. Quinn was asked if he was confident Ryan and Jones could execute the play.

"It was a tough game for us", Quinn said, "and as we go through, we will go back and assess everything we have done". We are certainly disappointed that we didn't go further and get the job done. You know obviously rolled to the right and had an opportunity to Julio (Jones).

"It's an unbelievable feeling when you come out for the game and the stadium is just rocking with fans", Pederson said. "You're in a competitive game like tonight. When you don't get that result, it's hard". "It felt like we had the right players in mind at the right time, and we just fell a little bit short".

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He confessed: " Southampton will feel like it's a loss". "If VAR had come in we probably wouldn't get that but today we got it". Had Southampton preserved their one-goal lead it would have been their first Premier League win in 10 matches.

The second half was a totally different story.

Atlanta's 2017 season wasn't quite spectacular as its 2016 run, however, it may be just as impressive.

Who would have thought New England Patriots running back Dion Lewis would lead all qualified players at his position in defense-adjusted yards over replacement this season, per Football Outsiders?

Trailing by a point at halftime, the Eagles put together a pair long drives to wrestle the lead away from the Falcons.

It was never easy against the Falcons, but again, the Eagles defense rose to the occasion in the second half and Foles was able to make enough good, low-risk throws on two lengthy second-half drives that produced Elliott field goals. Pederson elected to keep his offense on the field, and LeGarrette Blount ran wide for a one-yard touchdown to give the Eagles the lead.

That's because, after quarterback Nick Foles' very bad performance during the last two regular season games, I'm not exactly brimming with optimism and am wary of spreading skepticism, in case it's contagious. The Eagles drove 37 yards in 46 seconds, thanks to a wild dropped interception by the Falcons' Keanu Neal.

The two teams exchanged punts before Foles engineered an 86-yard, 14-play drive for an Eagles touchdown.

The Falcons scored first, on a 33-yard field goal by Matt Bryant on their first possession after recovering a fumble by Eagles running back Jay Ajayi.

Playing within the worst scheme in the NFL, Matt Ryan was still able to get his offense to score 10 points, didn't have any turnovers and even threw an incredible touchdown pass. Atlanta could have gotten a better throw from him on the slant or the fade at the end of the game, but for what he was being asked to do, Ryan couldn't have done better. Ryan somehow kept his balance before taking a big hit as he unloaded the pass, which was the 20th postseason touchdown pass of his career. After driving 59 yards, the Phlly defense tightened up, holding the damage to just a field goal and 3-0 Atlanta lead.

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