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Late goal-line stand helps Eagles advance to NFC championship

Late goal-line stand helps Eagles advance to NFC championship

The sideline erupted in pandemonium.

But given extra time to practice with the first team during the crucial bye week, Foles discovered a rapport that was missing with Jeffery.

And the Minnesota Vikings, second only to the Patriots on the Super Bowl 52 odds, are five-point favorites against the New Orleans Saints with a 46.5 total in the late Sunday matchup. This was the Eagles' time, they believed, their moment to show the football world that they could still seize the day, still pull off the unlikely upset, even as underdogs in their own stadium. They fostered an us-against-the-world mentality.

Philadelphia had its second-most prolific offense in franchise history thanks in large measure to its second-year quarterback Carson Wentz. The defense carried the Eagles, holding them to only one touchdown. He completed well under half his passes (23-of-49) for just 199 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Matt Ryan finished with 210 yards and one touchdown, going 22-for-36 for the Falcons.

Albeit the Falcons are favored to win, the Eagles will provide a challenge.

After Julio Jones took a third-down catch to about the two-yard line, Ryan rolled out to his right, only there were no options open and he just tossed it up for Jones - who couldn't reel it in on fourth down. He called a timeout to further consider his decision before sending his field goal unit onto the field. Elliott added a 21-yarder with 6:02 remaining after coach Doug Pederson briefly considered going for it on fourth-and-1 at the Atlanta 3. "One play. Two yards".

The fine wine that is Matt Bryant cashed in the Falcons' first drive with a 33-yard field goal.

"Defense came up huge at the end". The defense held the Falcons to a field goal. The Falcons played seven regular-season games against teams that reached the playoffs and 10 against teams that won at least nine games. But Foles himself isn't anxious in the least about going up against Atlanta's Cover 3 defense.

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"Most of them have nevee played, they get paid to talk, " Brandon Graham, who had a key tackle for loss in the final defensive siand said.

Ricardo Allen knocked the ball loose from Jay Ajayi on the Eagles' opening drive and Keanu Neal recovered the fumble.

Had Foles not been as good as he was on this night, the Eagles nearly certainly lose, especially after turning the ball over twice in the first half and missing an extra point.

Eagles' quarterback Nick Foles threw for 246 yards on a 23/30 completion/attempt ratio. The Falcons' punt into the wind went short and bounced off Bryan Braman to make it a live ball.

Atlanta still has an offense that includes some of the best weapons at receiver, running back and quarterback in the NFL.

For the second time in the first half, Atlanta turned the turnover into points. Freeman had only 7 yards on his 10 carries. "[The Falcons] took their chances, but we did enough to make Ryan double back and scan the field, and there wasn't anything there".

The Eagles kicked a field goal during the final second of the half after an improbable sequence. "It comes down to who has the ball last, and who wants it more".


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