Despite being the first No. 1 seed to be a home underdog in the divisional round, the Eagles received three field goals from rookie kicker Jake Elliott, a 1-yard touchdown run by LeGarrette Blount and ultimately a 15-10 victory over the Atlanta Falcons Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field.
Defensive end Chris Long said it would be foolish for the team to use this as motivation. "There were too many times we were a little bit inconsistent". And he helped deliver the Eagles' their first playoff victory in nine years.
"Its what makes sports fun", Johnson said. "It's easy to place blame all on one person; it's a shared responsibility when we don't achieve the way we would like to". They got the ball to the Philadelphia 2-yard line with 1:05 to play and faced a fourth-and-goal situation with a chance to score the winning touchdown. "Every team has their pros and cons but the cons list for every team is going to be short this time of year". We're disappointed that we didn't make the play, but I thought it was a good call. Meanwhile, reigning MVP Matt Ryan finished just 22-of-36 for 210 yards and a touchdown (86.6 rating).
Foles played poorly in the final two games of the regular season against Oakland and Dallas, and because of that, many people wrote the Eagles off before Saturday's game.
"Damn right", Quinn said after the game when asked if he felt confident in Ryan on that fourth down.
"The guys are going to motivate themselves just based on what they've heard for the last month of football. Their fans, we're expecting a loud crowd in a big playoff game".
Then came two starts with a combined 23-of-49 passing, with two interceptions and one touchdown.
Receiver Alshon Jeffery said of Foles: "We never doubted him". Bradham forced the play outside more and Jones couldn't come up with a catch in the end zone. Atlanta ran 11 first-down plays for just 20 yards, an average of 1.8 yards.
The Falcons got the ball back with roughly six minutes remaining. Turns out, a team that also lost both left tackle Jason Peters and middle linebacker Jordan Hicks along the way knows how to lift up replacements at critical positions. Freeman had only 7 yards on his 10 carries.
Tevin Coleman was the star of the first half for Atlanta. And with the edge rushers that the Eagles also can throw at them, that could very well translate to the Falcons quarterback spending a lot of the afternoon on the turf.