Eagles hold off Falcons to reach NFC title game

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Foles quieted some of the critics on Saturday.

The Eagles topped the Atlanta Falcons 15-10 in Saturday's NFC Divisional Round showdown at Lincoln Financial Field.

This is a major theme going around the Eagles locker room right now. This team was dominant throughout most of the year, blowing out teams, running the ball, and shutting opposing offenses down. An impeccably dressed bald man tapped him on the back and ...

The Eagles now have won 16 straight games when leading after three quarters, even if their 12-10 at the time didn't feel so safe. He wasn't accountable for any touchdowns or interceptions this game. "I ended up on the ground when I came out of the route", Jones said, not faulting the official for not making any sort of call after making contact with Jalen Mills. That's what it's always been about. "I'll be glad to open it up to your questions regarding the game as we're getting started tonight". But the biggest thing about this it that it's sports, that's part of it. "We was prepared for this game, man".

"We were just out there talking positive, saying 'hey, we're the best red-zone team in the league, let's go out there and prove it.' And we went out there and did it".

"Since that point Carson went down, nobody has given us a chance", coach Doug Pederson said. "We didn't do a good enough job scoring tonight and in some other games as well".

More than anything else, the reason the Falcons are favored over the Eagles today comes down to the quarterback.

It's also worth noting that Foles himself was bad in the final two games of the regular season.

It's hard to imagine - perhaps unfathomable, even - that any Philadelphia fan was sporting a new Foles jersey.

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The Eagles advanced to the NFC Championship Game for the first time since January 2009. Yes, I said it, they CAN win this game. At that point, a backup QB is a curse, a disappointment. If the defense can step up throughout the playoffs and hold the opposing teams to a reasonable amount of points and set up Foles the Eagles will win games. Bill Belichick's stop unit has an uneven history against such types (see: Newton, Cam and Watson, Deshaun).

The No. 6 seed in the NFC plays at top-seeded Philadelphia on Saturday, and the Eagles should be nervous facing the only returning conference team from last year's playoffs.

Normally, that kind of news would bother me and make me ask why the Birds don't get any respect.

Now, the Falcons must cope with a much earlier and almost as dramatic defeat as what they sustained last February. But the drive everybody remembers was the one capped by Anderson's Falcon dive into the end zone to put Atlanta up 14-0.

At times, Foles was fantastic.

Elliott booted his third field goal of the game, a 21-yard chip shot with 6:02 left, for a 15-10 lead.

On a crucial third-quarter drive, which also resulted in three points, Foles started 5 of 5.

The Falcons had a long drive that came up just short at the end of the game.

All told, he hit eight different receivers and averaged 8.2 yards per completion, outplaying Atlanta's Matt Ryan, who went 22 for 36 for 210 yards and a score.