To the rest of the football world it may have been just another wild-card game. "Let's go play. Let's go execute the offense". The 119.2 passer rating looks like a misprint next to the five seasons in which he played in seven games or more where his average passer rating didn't go above 81.4.
"I've played this game a long time".
"I've always tried to keep my family life private, and I want to continue that moving forward", said Ryan in a Wednesday afternoon media availability.
But the celebration nearly didn't happen. The Falcons have the fifth-best opponent sack percentage and the Eagles don't really get to the quarterback (22nd in sack percentage). Kicker Mike Michel missed the point after.
"The only time they quit is when they took their helmets off and they were walking off the field", Humphrey said. The Titans showed resolve and an ability to come up with big plays on offense that few expected.
With about eight minutes left in regulation, the Falcons recovered a fumble on their own 13-yard line.
"It's part of the ownership theme that I've talked about with the team all season and putting it back on the players", Pederson told reporters. The Eagles defense is good but not good enough to carry the baggage of Foles.
The Falcons allowed the most receptions to the running back position this season with 107.
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Can the Eagles beat Atlanta?
Offensively, the Eagles are averaging 28.6 points and 365.8 total yards (233.6 in passing and 132.2 in rushing) per game. When Ajayi was with the Miami Dolphins back in week five, he rushed for 130 yards on 26 carries.
He missed it and the comeback was complete. We're hosting a playoff game. "Philadelphia wasn't the first team to experience that with Atlanta".
On the other side of the ball, the Falcons have legitimate wins against legitimate teams: Green Bay with Rodgers, Dallas by 20 points, at Seattle, New Orleans, and Carolina. Who will come out in front?
And jubilant Falcons fans stormed the field and tore down the goal posts.
And he comes into Saturday's game feeling fresh.
"I think everybody perceives us as being the weakest and that is fine", Johnson told reporters this week. But we were here, in Atlanta.
Add this to the fact that the Eagles have the best NFL Home Record (13-3) over the past two seasons (better than those guys from New England or even the Eagles' cross-state rivals in Pittsburgh). They'll have a say in this, I know they will. "And we never even got close - didn't even smell the playoffs".
Welcome to the angriest place in sports, where they just have to pin up the betting lines to get pissed off. "Just being there, being around the people". All while mentioning how scary the Falcons' defense was with Deion Jones in the middle (whom he compared to Derrick Brooks) and the unit's speed, that game information was overshadowed by Reese's first comment of the interview. The Falcons have not run the ball with almost the efficiency they did past year on their way to the Super Bowl, but Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman remain a formidable tandem.
It feels like the narrative has shifted too far - that instead of people thinking it will be more hard for the Eagles to win without Wentz, they're thinking it will be impossible. "I don't think any of that's changed".