Eagles Bring Out 'Underdog Mask' After beating Falcons

Philadelphia Eagles safety Rodney Mc Leod sacks Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan during the second half of an NFL football NFC divisional playoff game Saturday Jan. 13 2018 in Philadelphia

Eagles Bring Out 'Underdog Mask' After beating Falcons

Foles overcame a slow start to set up a touchdown for Blount from one yard on a fearless fourth down play in the second quarter to give the Eagles a 6-3 lead. Yeah, Ryan and the offense get all of the attention. "Whoever wins, wins. It's going to be a great game". Who can remember Super Bowl 51? Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers have had a soap opera-like season, but they are 4-0-1 ATS in their last five games at this stage of the playoffs. But Matt Ryan rocked them to sleep for the next five minutes, leading Atlanta back down the field for the winning score. Next week, they will host an NFC Championship game for the first time since 2005.

On the fourth-and-1 decision from the three-yard line, Pederson was really tempted to go for a first down, though his team was ahead by just 12-10 at the time with just over six minutes to play. The Falcons were the beneficiaries of two Rams special teams turnovers and turned those into 10 points.

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

Ajayi will be facing a strong Falcons defense that finished the year allowing 104 yards per game. In last week's playoff win, Ryan was 21 of 30 for 218 yards and a touchdown.

The most obvious topic for this column is the Eagles and their playoff chances, and one would think there would be plenty to say on that subject.

With no Carson Wentz at QB for the Philadelphia Eagles, the Atlanta Falcons opened as 3-point favorites. They let the Eagles and Foles convert several big third downs and were outplayed in the trenches. Then, Blount ran it in on fourth-and-goal to take the lead in the second quarter.

The night started all wrong for running back Jay Ajayi, but he found a way to right the ship before it sank.

History: Falcons head to Philadelphia for the second consecutive year as teams meet in postseason fourth time... Many will point to Nick Foles as the key to the game, but I would argue it's the Eagles running attack that could play a bigger role. Foles got off to a very shaky start.

Rookie Takk McKinley's sack was the only one recorded on the day for the Falcons.

Elliott booted a 53-yard field goal as time expired to bring Philadelphia within 10-9 at halftime. Of course, the Eagles missed the extra-point try.

On Saturday afternoon, the Philadelphia Eagles will play the Atlanta Falcons to begin the sprint toward Minneapolis and Super Bowl 52. Third-string quarterback Nate Sudfeld received the bulk of the snaps going 19 of 23 for 134 yards.

Neither team could find their way into the end zone in the second half, however two field goals from Philadelphia kicker Jake Elliott proved the difference as the Eagles took a 15-10 win to move into the NFC championship.

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