Eagles defeat Falcons in National Football League playoffs — Twitter reaction

Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey here lining up as Nick Foles approaches center made a 15-yard catch to set up Jake Elliott’s 53-yard field goal as time expired in the first half Saturday

But when he lofted a fourth-and-goal pass toward the right sideline of the end zone with under a minute to go, the Philadelphia defense answered the call once more, preserving a 15-10 victory at Lincoln Financial Field. It would have Ryan accept the snap from the shotgun, eliminating any mystery about whether the Falcons would run or pass.

Before the season began, former NFL GM Mike Lombardi infamously said Doug Pederson "might be less qualified to coach a team than anyone I've ever seen". "Trying to take advantage of one-on-one [coverage] down there". Atlanta has been hot, especially defensively.

The game wasn't decided until the final seconds. Pederson elected to keep his offense on the field, and LeGarrette Blount ran wide for a one-yard touchdown to give the Eagles the lead. "So that's what thought was going to be the best play call for that time". The production drop-off that ensued wasn't all that shocking, and through a quarter on Saturday, it was predictable and borderline frustrating to watch.

"That's a really good Atlanta team we beat and everybody's excited", Eagles defensive end Fletcher Cox told NBC Sports.

Fans definitely took notice of Foles' performance. On Saturday, it worked well.

"No offense to Nick Foles, but he's not a first-string quarterback", said Tyler Boroi.

As always, win or lose, we hand out 10 awards. "It was a tough game for him and for us and we'll go back and assess it".

With the ball on the Eagles' 2-yard line, Jones, covered by cornerback Jalen Mills on the play, slipped to the ground and appeared to take a push from Mills. The numbers don't show it, but the tape does.

The Eagles kicked a 53-yard field goal as time expired in the second quarter to cut the Falcons lead to a single point at 10-9.

The ball fell incomplete, and Philadelphia - which came into the game as three-point underdogs - came out on top after few in the media had given them a chance. On their first possession, Foles lofted a pass to Torrey Smith who drew a pass interference call, to put the Eagles in business at the Atlanta 33 and to set off frenzied cheers.

It's even more impossible when you essentially send just two pass catchers out on routes and have them stand in place, within yards of each other.

Thanks to Foles doing just enough to get by on offense after completing 23 of 30 passes for 246 yards with no turnovers, Philadelphia was able to prove all of the doubters wrong by hanging on for the tough win against Atlanta to advance to the NFC Championship to face the victor of Sunday's game between the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings. "We're just going to keep believing in one another and just keep fighting". "Yeah, absolutely. We're giving our shots to Matt and Julio to go for it to win the game". Nobody has given us a chance.

"And I understand, Carson's a great player, but every week, our guys are hearing the same thing - that now we are all of a sudden not good enough. We didn't get the job done, but 100 out of 100 we're going to try to put the ball in those two guys' hands to try to go win it".

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