It appeared as though Jones was running a comeback route to the right sideline, but he slipped coming out of his break, leaving Ryan to look for a second option. He still was able to get to his feet and nearly make a play on Matt Ryan's floating pass on fourth-and-goal.
The sideline erupted in pandemonium. Now, can they hit their stride at the right time?
"We gonna eat that falcon", said one fan. After a slow start, Foles had a turnaround second half finishing with 246 passing yards on an efficient 23-of-30 with zero turnovers for a 100.1 rating.
"Since [Carson Wentz went down], no one has given us a chance". LeGarrette Blount had nine carries for just 19 yards but scored the Eagles' only touchdown and the offensive and defensive lines played phenomenally.
Smith had three catches for 39 yards through three quarters of the contest.
He was back a drive later, with another long drive leading Philadelphia to the Atlanta three yardline where Doug Pederson elected to take three points on fourth and one, giving the squad a 15-10 lead with six minutes to play.
Atlanta drove all the way to the two-yard line, but it wasn't enough. The Falcons converted a 4th-and-6 with a 20-yard pass from Ryan to Jones, but the Eagles wouldn't let them score on the drive. And the Eagles defense was the reason, even overcoming early blunders from the offense and special teams. The drive ended, and pretty much sealed the deal for the Eagles. He has also had success against the Falcons defense. The Philadelphia defense will have to step up and somehow contain a loaded Atlanta offense if Philly is to have a chance. And that's a tough call [for the official] to make during that situation in the game. The key play was a 21-yard run by wide receiver Nelson Agholor on third down that took the Eagles to the Falcons 3.
Elliott kicked a 53-yard field goal with 1 second left on the clock, and the Falcons lead was down to one at halftime.
The Falcons didn't come close to their season's average, or to the 26 they put on the board in beating the Rams in a wild-card matchup last weekend. The Falcons' punt into the wind went short and bounced off Bryan Braman to make it a live ball. Last season the Falcons won games with the league's best offense, they're doing it with their defense this season. Ideal situation for the Falcons at their own 40 - and on the final play of the quarter, Devonta Freeman whiffed on a blitz pickup and let Ryan get dropped for a 10-yard loss. No part of the state is named for Foles, and after the way Saturday's NFC divisional playoff game against the Falcons started, the only thing around here with Foles's name on it was going to be either a doghouse or an outhouse. And when he got the ball back, he still had the lead, handing off a few times before taking a knee, victorious in the playoffs for the first time in his career.
Jay Ajayi rallied after fumbling his first carry of the game. Foles was 5 of 6 for 70 yards on the drive, including a clutch 21-yard completion on third-and-8 to Alshon Jeffrey. Jeffery found open pockets to help move the chains. "You're in a competitive game like tonight".