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Late goal-line stand helps Eagles advance to NFC championship

Late goal-line stand helps Eagles advance to NFC championship

The top-seeded Eagles will host the championship game at Lincoln Financial Field next Sunday against the victor of the New Orleans Saints-Minnesota Vikings divisional game on Sunday.

With 1:05 remaining, trailing by five, the Falcons had the chance to take the lead and put the Eagles in a corner as they attempted to score a touchdown on 4th-and-goal.

Ryan's final pass, on a fourth-and-goal from the two, was incomplete as he tried to force it to Jones in the corner of the end zone. "There were too many times that we were a little bit inconsistent". And when it was over, and when Foles, not Ryan, was in the NFC final, and when 69,596 in the Linc could let out a frosty, worn out exhale, the Eagles didn't have to pretend any more.

The Eagles had used a dominant rushing attack on a long drive to take the lead earlier in the 2nd quarter.

Thankfully, those interesting minutes came at the end, with the Falcons trying to go ahead in a 15-10 football game. Over the next 4:52, the Falcons snapped the ball 13 times and advanced 74 yards against the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday. They let the Eagles and Foles convert several big third downs and were outplayed in the trenches. An impeccably dressed bald man tapped him on the back and ...

It would be Matty Ice, Matt Ryan, the last NFC quarterback in a Super Bowl, a Hall of Fame candidate with more than 41,000 career passing yards. He was sacked three times and under constant pressure. Foles, who became the starter when standout Carson Wentz injured his knee last month, was 23 of 30 for 246 yards.

Then the Eagles (14-3) held when Atlanta (11-7) got to the 9-yard line with a first down, and to the 2 for a fourth-down play.

Jay Ajayi rallied after fumbling his first carry of the game.

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All in all, he played like a feature back, and the Eagles should keep feeding him the ball next week in the NFC Championship.

DOWN - The Philly (high school) product drove the Falcons two yards from victory, and Steve Sarkisian's play-calling didn't exactly help the quarterback, but Ryan came up short.

Blount capped a 14-play, 86-yard drive by scampering in from the 1-yard line with 10:28 left in the second.

But kicker Jake Elliott atoned at the end of the half. The Eagles' defence is among the league's best, but the Vikings have the NFL's top defence and the Saints defence ranks third with 20 interceptions.

Elliott's third field goal, a 21-yarder, extended Philadelphia's lead to 15-10 with 6:02 left in the fourth quarter.

The Eagles announced shortly after the game that a limited number of tickets for the NFC Championship Game will go on sale Tuesday, January 16 at 10 a.m.

The night started all wrong for running back Jay Ajayi, but he found a way to right the ship before it sank.

With the Eagles defense on top in the second half, Atlanta struggled to generate forward momentum. The players who needed to step up did.


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