Eagles Armchair: The Rebirth of Nick Foles

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

The Eagles defeated the Atlanta Falcons, 15-10, in an National Football League divisional playoff game at home on Saturday.

Then, as the Philadelphia fans held their breath, the Eagles held on deep in their territory.

The absence of their injured leader Wentz - the man who had guided the Eagles to an 11-2 start stood by on the sidelines, watching with one crutch under his right arm - would not dampen the feisty spirit of the Philadelphia fans, who withstood subfreezing temperatures to witness the team's first divisional round run since the 2008 season. He was 18 of 33 for 267 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Matt Ryan overthrew Julio Jones in the end zone, and the Eagles survived.

"Since (Wentz suffered his season ending injury), no one's given us a chance", Pederson said after the win. "Us running backs we just had to run hard", Ajayi said after the 15-10 victory.

The Eagles advance to host the NFC Championship game next week against either the Minnesota Vikings or the New Orleans Saints. After Philadelphia's first scoring drive, much of the Eagles' offense from there was built out of the run: run plays, run fakes, screens and everyone's favorite hot term, run-pass options. The Eagles nearly scored when Foles picked up a third-down fumble on a botched play, but he was stopped at the 1-yard line. Alshon Jeffery led receivers with four catches for 61 yards. Ajayi, a midseason acquisition, carried for 54 yards over all. Sarkisian has come under heavy criticism for the Falcons struggles in 2017, but Schwartz held his counterpart to just 10 points and only allowed him to cross the Eagles 40-yard-line three times. The Falcons also gifted the Eagles 63 yards worth of pass interference calls of their own. "We just fell a little bit short". "That was it. Our team never wavered", Foles told NBC Sports. "That was it. Our team never wavered, defense did an unbelievable job, special teams — thats just been the story this year is that we just all stuck together". "We all stuck together and believed we could move the ball". He failed to find his second read on Saturday as 21 of his 36 pass attempts were to either Jones or Sanu.

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Receiver Nelson Agholor, a former Berkeley Prep standout, had a 21-yard run that got the ball to the 3 to help set up Philadelphias first touchdown.

Philadelphia stopped sixth-seeded Atlanta after they got to the nine with a first down, and then on fourth down from two-yards when Matt Ryan's pass slipped through the fingers of Julio Jones in the end zone. "Anything more we can use to motivate us, well use".

Jake Elliott kicked a 37-yard field goal to give the Eagles a 12-10 lead over the late in the third quarter.

A muffed punt, which bounced off the feet of at least two Eagles players, led to a Falcons touchdown. Here's our question: How else was McLeod supposed to make a play on the ball? If nothing else, Foles was way off most of the first half.

"They doubted us", said Larry Jansen about the odds of winning Saturday's game, "but it's a whole team that makes you have a victory, and that's what the Eagles did today".



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