Ryan's pass to Jones on fourth-and-goal was incomplete, and the Philadelphia Eagles held on to win 15-10 to advance to the NFC Championship. "I will go to bat for every one of those guys, I will go to war for everyone of those guys in the locker room". A fan, lucky enough to be down in muck amongst his idols, asked for and got an autograph. So - naturally - the Phillies and Braves were each more than eager to put some real stakes behind their rooting interest in their neighboring football teams. An impeccably dressed bald man tapped him on the back and ...
And on Saturday, he stood up to the challenge.
"I am very humbled to win this game and to be a part of this team", he said. That's what it's always been about.
On Saturday night, the Eagles were united behind and around their quarterback. We really made an emphasis to make sure let's get our tackling right.
"Just keep on disrespecting and we're going to keep proving people wrong", wide receiver Alshon Jeffery said.
Saturday's win was such a breakthrough too - the first time long-time Eagles like Graham, Cox and Jason Kelce tasted a postseason victory and the first tight end Brent Celek, an Eagle since 2007, experienced in his home stadium.
It's also worth noting that Foles himself was terrible in the final two games of the regular season.
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"We are pumped", added Matt Muskgill of New Jersey. Playoff fever is back in Philadelphia for the first time since 2013. So with all that said, the Eagles best bet is to rely on something they know works and something they have great depth at. At that point, a backup QB is a curse, a disappointment.
Eagles' quarterback Nick Foles threw for 246 yards on a 23/30 completion/attempt ratio. That includes a game-winning 61-yarder against the Giants in Week 3. Bill Belichick's stop unit has an uneven history against such types (see: Newton, Cam and Watson, Deshaun).
"Thats kind of insane to me", Pederson said.
And after the Falcons attempted four straight pass plays at the end of the game instead of handing off to Tevin Coleman who had been strong, Dan Quinn and the Falcons certainly had to answer questions about Sarkisian when it was all said and done. "There are a lot of good things that we've done, and it was highlighted tonight that we didn't get it done at the end of the game".
At times, Foles was fantastic. Elliott added a 21-yarder with 6:02 remaining after coach Doug Pederson briefly considered going for it on fourth-and-1 at the Atlanta 3.
On a crucial third-quarter drive, which also resulted in three points, Foles started 5 of 5. The Falcons played seven regular-season games against teams that reached the playoffs and 10 against teams that won at least nine games. On second down, Ryan hit Julio Jones to bring the ball to the 2.