Eagles look to prove they can win without star QB Wentz

"I think having gone through these situations, understanding what it's like, the atmosphere, those kinds of things, knowing that it's going to be tough, all those things kind of carry forward", Ryan told reporters, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

That's because, after quarterback Nick Foles' bad performance during the last two regular season games, I'm not exactly brimming with optimism and am wary of spreading skepticism, in case it's contagious. Nick Foles wasn't supposed to be in this position, not when the season had reached such a critical juncture. The Eagles finished 13-3 and claimed their first NFC East title since 2013 behind Wentz, who was leading the MVP race before his season-ending knee injury.

The Eagles, once a third-down juggernaut under Wentz, have converted just one of their last 17 third downs with Foles, and the one came from a Corey Clement run. "So wherever we're at, I try to slide in and out under the radar". And they did a great job limiting the high-scoring L.A. offense led by Todd Gurley, who's one of the NFL's best all-around running backs. It will likely be a bit louder when they are on the same field on Saturday.

Ricky: Eagles. I love the matchup inside for the Eagles, with defensive tackles Fletcher Cox and Timmy Jernigan going up against a Falcons offensive line that lost starting guard Andy Levitre before last week's game against the Los Angeles Rams.

He contends that their bond and relationship has grown stronger late in the season.

SportsLine's advanced computer model says Ryan will continue to roll against the Eagles. We have to get ready for the next week.

Foles did sit out the majority of the regular season finale against the Cowboys. It was his lowest total since his rookie season (16) in 2008.

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"Same guys. My mentality hasn't changed", Ajayi said.

Sarkisian knows the Falcons have a major challenge on offense. But the reality is the Falcons wouldn't be here if not for their top-10 defense.

Sarkisian was fine with the 39-30 run-to-pass split against the Rams.

But there's also a need for Wentz to be at least partly in the background so Foles can command center stage. Philadelphia's Doug Pederson makes playoff debut as head coach.

So why are the Falcons a three point favourite? Will we see the Nick Foles who threw for four touchdowns against the Giants? Temperatures are expected to be in the 20s at kickoff, and Atlanta hasn't won a game outside with temperatures below 40 degrees in nine years. That marked the fifth consecutive playoff game in which he posted a triple-digit passer rating, giving Ryan the third-highest playoff passer rating in National Football League history.

The only two qualifying players with a higher rating are Pro Bowl Hall of Famers Bart Starr (104.8) and Warner (102.8).

While the Eagles defensive backs will have to contain Sanu and Jones, they can not let someone else - like receivers Taylor Gabriel or Justin Hardy or tight end Austin Hooper (those three have combined for seven touchdowns this season) - beat them.

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