Late goal-line stand helps Eagles advance to NFC championship

Late goal-line stand helps Eagles advance to NFC championship

Ajayi, a midseason acquisition, carried for 54 yards over all.

Elliott booted a 53-yard field goal as time expired to bring Philadelphia within 10-9 at halftime. The Rams' offense thrives when it's able to mix-and-match with its pass-and-run game, but the Falcons forced them to beat them through the air. That means a heavy dose of Jay Ajayi and LeGarrette Blount in the running game.

And in the game's most crucial moment, a 4th-and-goal for Atlanta with 1:05 left in the contest, Jalen Mills knocked the ball away from Julio Jones to seal the win and send the Lincoln Financial Field crowd into a frenzy. The short drive started when the Falcons recovered a punt at the 18 yard line after it was touched by the Eagles.

Matt Ryan tossed a 6-yard touchdown pass to Devonta Freeman to give the Atlanta Falcons a 10-6 lead over the Eagles with 5:41 left in the second quarter. Not as good. It's a shame that Wentz isn't playing, as they could go all the way with him at the helm.

In the Eagles 15-10 victory over the Falcons in the second round of the NFC Playoffs Saturday night an ugly, hard-nosed effort paired with one of the most memorable finishes in Philadelphia playoff history, the doubters were silenced. Well Foles looked like he finally remembered himself, as he led a drive that began inside the 10-yardline and 12 plays later put the Eagles in the lead with Elliott's second field goal a 37-yarder.

OVERCOMING TURNOVERS: The Eagles committed the only two turnovers and won anyway. Julio Jones caught nine passes for 101 yards but couldn't come down with the ball on the game-deciding, fourth-down play. The ball went right through Jones' hands to fall incomplete.

The Eagles' first blunder came on their opening drive. The Eagles (13-3) failed to score in a 6-0 loss to the Dallas Cowboys to close the season as Foles was just four of 11 for 39 yards with an interception in the defeat.

But they couldn't have been more wrong about the Eagles entering Sunday's game against the Falcons and the underdog label was the ideal tag for a team eager to prove that it wasn't a one-man team en route to the top seed in the NFC.

Two quarterback kneels from Foles punctuated a surprisingly potent effort by the quarterback, who completed 23-of-30 passes for 246 yards. The running game by far exceeded all expectations.

The Eagles had used a dominant rushing attack on a long drive to take the lead earlier in the 2nd quarter.

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 ideal 158.3 passer rating in a single game. Matt Ryan finished with 210 yards and one touchdown, going 22-for-36 for the Falcons.

The feeling of disrespect was inescapable inside the Philadelphia Eagles' walls this week. The kick capped a third quarter dominated by both defenses.

"I think we just kept working, we kept grinding, and it really goes back to believing and having faith in one another that we can get this done", Foles said. But when a team is so strong around its QB, as the Eagles have been as the NFC's best team in the regular season, plenty of grit from the QB will do just fine. For the Falcons to be Super Bowl threats down the road, Jones must be almost unstoppable.

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