Eagles make winning play at the end

Eagles make winning play at the end

The crowd followed. They celebrated a 15-10 postseason win over the Atlanta Falcons on a windy evening at Lincoln Financial Field, and scheduled one more home game in Philadelphia.

Here's Stefen Wisniewski tossing Falcons safety Ricardo Allen like a rag doll, and then following that up with a second block on safety Keanu Neal.

It was a given that the Falcons were going to pack the box against the Eagles' offense, and pack it they did.

"We are way better than we played this year", Jones said. Matt Ryan is not that player, though, and a rollout like this simply shrinks the field to an impossible degree. Foles, on the other hand, was 2-for-3 in the first quarter for 19 yards.

Lane Johnson walked off the field wearing a dog mask while teammates barked after the Philadelphia Eagles squeaked out an upset to move within one victory of the Super Bowl. The Eagles accumulated 334 yards, sacking Foles just one time.

"Since that point, no one has given us a chance". Foles' terrible 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 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. After losing a fumble on the opening drive, Ajayi was a workhorse early on, racking up 58 of Philly's first 60 yards including 49 on the ground in the first quarter. That decisive 21-yard kick capped an 80-yard, 14 play drive that took almost eight minutes off the clock. That's a shared responsibility when we don't achieve at the level that we would really like to.

Neither offense, however, looked playoff-ready through the first two quarters. What the Eagles have accomplished this season is really, really special.

Ryan has literally nowhere to go here, on Atlanta's biggest play of the year. The Eagles' defense dominated most of the second half. Ajayi racked up 50 yards in the first half, but only had 4 yards on 7 second-half carries.

Tom Brady passed for three touchdowns and 337 yards and New England cruised past Tennessee 35-14 on Saturday night to advance to their seventh successive conference title game. He's gotten the Falcons, historically a woebegone franchise, to the playoffs six times.

In this matchup of birds of prey, what's a dog got to do with it? He was the league's most valuable player last season. Under his command, this Eagles defense has been transformed into an elite unit.

The Eagles advance as a result and await the victor of Sunday's game between the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings. The Eagles did beat the Saints in 1993, 36-20, behind a 26-point fourth quarter from the Birds.

The Philadelphia Eagles are now heading to the NFC Championship Game on January 22nd, 2018. So perhaps there is a bit of destiny on the line if the Vikings can pull out a victory this afternoon. When the Falcons reached the Super Bowl last season, they did so largely because Ryan did an incredible job of spreading the ball around.