The Eagles were the first No. 1 seed to begin their playoff run as a home underdog on Saturday, and made to secret throughout the week that they were using that distinction as motivation. Foles and running back Corey Clement mishandled the handoff, and Foles actually pounced on the ball and dived into the end zone.
And in the end, the Eagles would walk away the victors. "We love it! Keep it up".
Mills said the two team leaders figured out what type of play the Falcons were going to run. We earned our respect.
Normally, that kind of news would bother me and make me ask why the Birds don't get any respect.
Except to those inside the Eagles' organization. Nick Foles will make his fourth start this season in place of quarterback Carson Wentz, who was an MVP candidate before tearing his ACL and going down for the year. Foles hasn't impressed. He's struggled to a point where head coach Doug Pederson may turn to second-year passer Nate Sudfeld, a raw prospect the Eagles picked up in training camp after he was released by Washington.
"To be honest I feel like a played poorly". So close to a Super Bowl victory previous year, the devastating loss appears to have had a carryover effect for Atlanta, as they've underachieved all season. "We're making adjustments on the coverage between DB to DB and linebacker to linebacker and just making sure everyone knows what's coming and got a stop". They are going to challenge our receivers and that's what you're seeing on tape. But it wasn't meant to be, as Matt Ryan's pass on fourth-and-goal from the 2-yard line sailed high through Julio Jones' hands in the right corner of the end zone. It was a very interesting call, and could change the momentum of the game as Philly thought it had the Falcons stopped.
In the second half, the Falcons had a tough time getting ahead in down and distance. So we'll enjoy it. He managed to get back up, and Ryan threw to him. What's more, only five other home teams have ever been underdogs in the divisional round, and there's only been one home underdog since 1996 (the 2011 49ers).
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