Halftime Analysis: Falcons lead Eagles 10-9


The Eagles advance to host the NFC Championship game next week against either the Minnesota Vikings or the New Orleans Saints. The sixth-seeded Falcons finish the year with an 11-7 record.

Unfortunately for Atlanta, the play was unsuccessful.

After Corey Clement's five-yard run following an encroachment penalty resulted in a first down for Philadelphia, Foles would kneel on each of the next two plays to run out the clock.

Playing without MVP-caliber quarterback Carson Wentz (torn ACL), the Eagles looked sluggish and out of sorts in the first half, but veteran backup Nick Foles ramped things up coming out of the locker room.

"It just didn't work out", Ryan said of the final play during his post-game press conference, "and that's disappointing".

OK, enough of that. When you get in those situations, you want the ball in your hands.

Then, it became abundantly clear what he was doing.

Asked what prompted the mask, Long said: "I don't know if you heard, there was a little narrative this week that the media was pushing that evidently we were like not favored?" That home dog was the 2011 49ers, who were the No. 2 seed that year.

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Despite being underdogs as the No.1 seed, the Eagles showed plenty of character in the tightest spots of the fourth quarter and Jake Elliott atoned for a missed extra point with three field goals. They sealed the game by forcing Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan to throw an incompletion on fourth and goal from the 2 with about one minute to play. Jay Ajayi had 873 yards rushing and one TD combined with the Dolphins and Eagles. Safety Keanu Neal recovered on the Atlanta 26-yard line. The first score came after a 12-play, 80-yard drive. Devonta Freeman finished with 10 carries for seven yards, as the Falcons failed to sustain momentum. 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. They went 2-1 with Nick Foles, losing a meaningless game in Week 17 after starters only played one quarter.

If the Eagles bottle up the run right away, the Vikings will be forced to turn to the pass, which in turn could lead to the home side dialing up more blitzes to put Keenum under duress.