Falcons fail on final play against Eagles


"Man, oh man oh man oh man. Nick Foles is the man, oh man oh man".

The Eagles will host the victor of the Saints-Vikings game next Sunday.

The Eagles were underdogs entering their game with Atlanta despite being the No. 1 seed in the NFC. And that's what one should expect out of a contending team with its eyes set on winning the Super Bowl.

"It's an awesome feeling to be moving on and having a chance at the Super Bowl", Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox said.

The Falcons had a first and goal situation with less than two minutes to go, but quarterback Matt Ryan was unable to engineer the touchdown that would have given the Falcons a 16-10 lead. I mean, it goes well beyond a player like Julio Jones. "When you don't get that result, it's hard".

Despite inconsistency and limitations for the running game, Pederson stuck with it for 32 carries, one more than the number of Foles drop-backs. "But the biggest thing in our locker room is we believe in one another, everyone believes, and that was on display tonight". There's going to be criticism. "You're aware of it because you're human but we blocked it out".

Ryan says he has become more comfortable with Sarkisian, especially the last two weeks in wins over Carolina and the Rams.

Despite a shaky start that included running back Jay Ajayi fumbling on his first carry and two poorly thrown passes by Nick Foles, the Eagles settled down and implemented Doug Pederson's superb game plan.

Bryant's extra point put the Falcons into a 10-6 lead. They were on the bye for Wild Card Weekend and now will welcome the No. 6 seed Atlanta Falcons to the City of Brotherly Love on Saturday. I know there were a lot of people against us this week, just answering the questions and hearing about it. "Anything more we can use to motivate us, we'll use".

JAY TRAIN: Ajayi shook off the fumble and ran well until he inexplicably went to the bench for a long stretch.

All in all, he played like a feature back, and the Eagles should keep feeding him the ball next week in the NFC Championship.

White also scored early in the quarter on a 5-yard pass that was essentially a handoff.

"It's hard when you get to the playoffs and you've put in all the work throughout the year", Ryan said. "And I understand. Carson is a great player". He made some great play calls to catch the Falcons' defense off-guard, including some well-designed jet sweeps to Nelson Agholor. The first was a 12-play, 74-yard drive ending with a 37-yard field goal to make it 12-10 in favor of the Eagles.

Jones, a second-round pick, returned for Week 17 after missing the first 15 games following offseason surgery on his Achilles. We never doubted him.

Jake Elliott hit a 53-yard field goal as time expired to make it a one-point game after another freakish turn of bad luck for the Falcons. Several times, Tevin Coleman had open lanes and got nice gains. The Eagles dominated time of possession in the second half, holding the ball for 3:28 longer than Atlanta.