After Julio Jones took a third-down catch to about the two-yard line, Ryan rolled out to his right, only there were no options open and he just tossed it up for Jones - who couldn't reel it in on fourth down. The 26-13 win for the reigning Super Bowl runner-ups next weekend at the Linc.
Thankfully, for Eagles fans, the defense has kept them in the game, and Foles hasn't tanked the game like he's T.J. Yates or Nathan Peterman, but he's not inspiring much confidence and he can't fill the shoes of Wentz. But Matt Ryan rocked them to sleep for the next five minutes, leading Atlanta back down the field for the winning score.
Several Eagles players said they'll be watching Sunday's NFC Divisional Playoff game, but they don't care who lines up across from them next week. After that, the Falcons offense got quiet until the end of the fourth quarter. But the reality is the Falcons wouldn't be here if not for their top-10 defense. The Falcons, led by quarterback Matt Ryan and Julio Jones, are as risky as ever on offense and feature a fast and aggressive defense. Jones caught that TD among his nine grabs for 94 yards. In last week's playoff win, Ryan was 21 of 30 for 218 yards and a touchdown.
"The biggest thing in our locker room is that we believe in one another and that showed", Foles said. Coleman had 79 yards on ten carries. The Falcons are listed as three-point road favorites against the Carson Wentz-less Philadelphia Eagles with a 41-point total in a Saturday matchup, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Obviously, the fumble first carry, can't do that. Eagles wide receiver Torrey Smith happened to be running through the area.
The run game started working. Ajayi, a midseason acquisition, carried for 54 yards over all. Jeffery made a long stretch to haul in another throw with 1 second remaining, and Elliott's 53-yard field goal just made it over the crossbar. The Falcons gave up another drive, propelled by a flukey interception-turned-completion by the Foles. Nonetheless, it is going to be important for them to move the ball through the air.
This is the first time the Falcons and Eagles have met in the playoffs since following the 2004 season.
Rookie Takk McKinley's sack was the only one recorded on the day for the Falcons.
The Falcons inched closer in the final seconds, and faced a fourth and goal from a few yards away.
That play is probably the best way to sum up the sloppy state of affairs in the first half that included four fumbles by the Eagles and a missed extra point.
A short Jake Elliott field goal gave the Eagles a 15-10 lead with about six minutes remaining. Despite making big plays all game, the offense and defense down the stretch cost the Falcons the game and their season.