Atlanta Falcons vs Philadelphia Eagles: Behind enemy lines


In last week's playoff win, Ryan was 21 of 30 for 218 yards and a touchdown. But Jones didn't come down with the ball. This is the fourth postseason meeting between the Eagles and Falcons, though the first since 2004.

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Starting quarterback Nick Foles had plenty of experience with them during his initial stint with the Eagles when Chip Kelly was the coach. A botched handoff between Foles and Corey Clement nearly blew it, but Foles did leap on the loose ball at the Atlanta one-yard line to retain possession. He didn't have any touchdowns. Ryan's best pass may have been an improvisational throw as the Falcons capitalized on an Eagles turnover to take a 10-6 lead in the second quarter.

It was a back and forth game.

The wide receiver went until the final minute of the first half without getting targeted.

Jay Ajayi is a name most National Football League fans are familiar with because of his breakout season in 2016 where he became the fourth player in National Football League history to rush for 200 plus yards in back-to-back games for the Miami Dolphins.

While the Eagles came into the playoffs as the top seed in the NFC, with first-string quarterback Carson Wentz out injured, they went into the match as underdogs and found themselves down 3-0 early following the fumble which led to a Matt Bryant field goal for Atlanta. Clement can really help out Foles by running and catching the ball.

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Blount took a pitch and scored on the next play. Of course, the Eagles missed the extra-point try.

Despite coming into the game as 3-point underdogs, SportsLine's Stephen Oh explained that Philadelphia was still clinging to a win probability of 51 percent, which was contingent on one thing: Foles playing like a replacement-level quarterback. Ryan did his best Brett Favre impression to spin away from pressure before lobbing a short pass to a crossing Devonta Freeman for a 6-yard score.

The Eagles got through a sloppy first half on the back of Jay Ajayi, the running back they acquired from Miami this season in one of those missing-puzzle-piece deals everyone thought was the one that might get Philly to the Super Bowl. Foles had fumbled the ball in a handoff to Corey Clement and was aware enough to jump on the loose ball at the Atlanta one-yard line.

Atlanta's high-flying offense had its way with every defense it faced in 2016 on the way to the Super Bowl except Jim Schwartz's unit.

A week ago, when the Falcons throttled the Rams, they had 72 total offensive snaps and 39 were runs. Julio Jones caught 10 passes for 135 yards.

The first two Eagles' drives produced 26 yards from scrimmage, three first downs, two on interference calls and a 3.2 yards per play average.

Tevin Coleman pushed the Falcons inside the 10. New Orleans is only 2-7 ATS in its last nine games against Minnesota, but Drew Brees leads a No. 4-ranked offense that is complemented by a much more dynamic rushing attack than the one he had during a loss to the Vikings in Week 1 of this season.