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Falcons Special Teams' Unit named MVP against Eagles

14 January 2018

They were the No. 1 seed in the conference and were the underdog to the No. 6 seed.

But unlike in 2014, when Foles was the starter all season, his redemption in 2018 as the maligned fill-in for Carson Wentz was spectacular in relation.

The Atlanta Falcons didn't care about the hopes and Super Bowl dreams of the pessimistic city of Philadelphia. The kick capped a third quarter dominated by both defenses.

Nick Foles played well in the second half, and the Philadelphia Eagles' defense held off the Atlanta Falcons in the waning moments to advance to the NFC title game following a 15-10 victory. The unit forced a fumble in the first quarter and changed the field position on many occasions. "This is the season", he told them. Ryan, who grew up rooting for the Eagles and went to Philadelphia's William Penn Charter School, is 1-3 at the Linc. Jones had nine catches for 101 yards, but Ryan couldn't connect with him when it mattered most.

The unit will be a stable point for the Falcons going into the offseason. "So, obviously, they felt some type of way about that and they showed up today". He's surpassed 4,000 passing yards each of the last seven years.

Following the Eagles win over the Falcons, Presidential Counsel Kellyanne Conway sent out a short and sweet message on #Twitter. But in the end, he was every bit as efficient as he needed to be to propel the Eagles to the NFL Championship Game next weekend. But Pederson's shift led to a brutish drive that landed the Eagles in the end zone via, you guessed it, a Blount rushing touchdown.

While Philly was smarting this week with the Eagles getting points at home as the first underdog No. 1 seed to open the playoffs in National Football League history, the Falcons have been on a year-long mission to avenge blowing that 25-point lead in the Super Bowl to the Patriots. Foles completed 23 passes on 30 attempts for 246 yards. His Atlanta counterpart, the 2016 MVP, was 22 for 36 for 210 yards and a rating of 86.6.

"You have to think the ball is coming to him each and every play", Mills said.

Nick Foles had not played extremely well in relief of Carson Wentz.

"It's a German Shepherd", Long said. In a close, low-scoring ballgame like that, a turnover is huge.

The Eagles, however, remained in touch thanks to a freakish play late in the second quarter, when Foles' pass ricocheted off Falcons safety Keanu Neal's knee and into the arms of Alshon Jeffery to put the hosts in field goal range. The Eagles would get a defensive pass interference call in their favor, putting the ball in Falcons territory. Philadelphia's 14-play, 80-yard drive stalled at the 3 and instead of going for it on fourth-and-1, they opted for the field goal.

But perhaps the most disturbing sign was the surprising first-half disappearance of Ajayi.

The Falcons, last year's NFC champions, had trouble getting off the field in the second half. Ryan threw incomplete on first and second down, then connected with Jones to the 2 on third down, setting up the final play.

At the end of the day, I can make those plays. "I left some plays out there". "And like I say in this room, we're not anxious about all that".

Falcons Special Teams' Unit named MVP against Eagles