Eagles find their wings, 15-10

Eagles find their wings, 15-10

While Eagles backup-turned-starter Nick Foles dominated the headlines this past week, it was Philadelphia's defense and running game that helped ensure the win. Pederson has the Eagles in position to win the Super Bowl, though it remains an uphill climb.

There were a lot of reasons to like the Falcons on Saturday.

The offense got off to a bad start.

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.

Ryan tossed a 6-yard touchdown pass to running back Devonta Freeman and the Falcons captured the lead 10-6 with 5:41 remaining in the second. But everything changed against the Eagles.

In the second half, Foles got into a rhythm, aided by smart play calling from Doug Pederson.

But the football gods made it clear early that they were watching out for him.

Foles finished 23 for 30 for 246 yards, good for a quarterback rating of 100.1. The Eagles will face off against the victor of today's New Orleans Saints-Minnesota Vikings matchup.

A berth in the NFC championship game is at stake when Ryan leads the Atlanta Falcons (11-6) against the Philadelphia Eagles (13-3) in a divisional playoff Saturday.

But Foles, 28, is also the same guy who once threw seven TDs in a single game, the same guy who in 2013 during in his first tour with the Eagles, became the second-ever QB to post a flawless 158.3 passer rating in a single game. The Falcons also gifted the Eagles 63 yards worth of pass interference calls of their own.

Third down success was one of the hallmarks of the Carson Wentz-led Eagles, but Foles's ability to extend drives on Sunday was equally impressive. He'll now have a chance to play for a spot in Super Bowl LII in three weeks. Of those 16 plays, 12 were runs.

The loss of Wentz certainly factored into the questions about the Eagles' playoff viability, as did the shaky play of his replacement, Nick Foles, to close out the regular season. They turned the Chargers game into a home game for the Eagles out in L.A., and showed up in big numbers against the Rams and Giants on the road as well. And they're seventh against the run. Week 15, it was 115.8 when Foles threw four TDs against the no-heart Giants.

Asked what the reaction to the mask has been, Long looked at a writer while the mask covering his face and said: "People are terrified".

Eagles safety Rodney McCleod was flagged for unnecessary roughness. He made a similar play earlier in the season against the Patriots. Run around to the other side of Mohamed Sanu and hit him there?

On the Falcons' final drive, the play just before Jones' 20-yard grab on fourth down (see above), Sanu appeared to have a first down. "But falling short sometimes is the best motivation to keep pushing forward and trying to yearn to become a better player, to become a better team, and I've never shied away from that".

The lack of consistency remains maddening. It was his 10th career postseason TD. He spent this season as the Bills vice president of player personnel.

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