Even though they had the best record in the NFC during the regular season and were the home team, they were the underdog. The Saints are 1-6 all-time in road playoff games. But the slight appeared to be exactly what the Eagles needed.
The play he chose was. odd, to say the least. That, however, was attributed to the loss of Wentz who was playing at an MVP level. The Eagles defense will be in the spotlight a week later against the well-rounded Minnesota offense.
The Falcons (10-6) produced one of their best performances of the season during their 26-13 win over the Los Angeles Rams in a wild card game last week. Early on, he must've forgotten it in the locker room because Foles looked like a rookie in his first National Football League game. Turnovers were. The Eagles put four balls on the ground, losing two. Working their way up to the endzone a 3rd and goal attempt nearly resulted in a fumble for the Falcons, but an official review reversed that calling. A botched hand-off early in the second quarter led to another fumble.
"Keep calling us underdogs, man, keep doing it!"
As it turns out, the Eagles were prepared for that call. It capped off a strong defensive effort from the Eagles, holding Atlanta to 281 yards of offense and 10 points. But the ball bounced off the knee of the Falcons defender and into the hands of Torrey Smith for a 20-yard gain.
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Jake Elliott, who made all three of his field goal attempts on the day, would miss the extra point.
Elliott booted a 53-yard field goal as time expired to bring Philadelphia within 10-9 at halftime. Several times, Tevin Coleman had open lanes and got nice gains. He added 44 yards on three catches including a monumental 32-yard pickup, the longest reception for Philadelphia, on a third down during the Eagles' opening drive of the fourth quarter that led to the game's final points. LeGarrette Blount had nine carries for just 19 yards but scored the Eagles' only touchdown and the offensive and defensive lines played phenomenally. Matt Ryan and the Falcons looked unstopped for most of the drive.
"It's hard when you get to the playoffs and you've put in all the work throughout the year", Ryan said. "That was it. Our team never wavered, defense did an wonderful job, special teams - that's just been the story this year is that we just all stuck together".
And you know what that means?