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Eagles' Lane Johnson Embraces The Underdog Mentality After Defeating Falcons

14 January 2018

EAGLES belied their underdog status to claim a place in the NFC Championship Game with a five-point win over the Atlanta Falcons.

It wasn't an ideal start for the Eagles, who had a bye last week during the wildcard round, as they looked to take down a side who were in the Super Bowl a year ago. Because they lost superstar quarterback Carson Wentz to a season-ending ACL injury in Week 14 at the L.A. Rams, and backup Nick Foles didn't look sharp in the final two regular-season games.

We provided live updates and analysis during Saturday's divisional-round playoff game against the Eagles as well as highlights, stats and additional insights.

There figures to be a similar lack of belief in Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans against the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots despite their stunning comeback against the Kansas City Chiefs last week. "We have to keep them out of the end zone".

The Eagles head coach has not received much credit this year, and his qualifications were questioned plenty prior to the season.

"Get the stop", said Pederson. 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.

"It was definitely tricky out there, just really gusty (wind)", Elliott said.

"Man, just stay calm", said defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, who was a force all day. "We always talk about that".

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With a goal line stand, the road to Super Bowl 52 runs through Philadelphia.

The No. 1-seed Eagles clamped down during the most crucial moment of their season to secure a 15-10 victory over the No. 6-seed Falcons, launching a celebration in South Philly. He ran for 130 yards on 26 carries in a 20-17 Dolphins victory in Atlanta.

Highlights will update once the game kicks off.

Mistakes hurt the Eagles in the opening half. The Falcons attempted a pass play with one minute left, but Ryan was unable to connect with Jones for the game-winning score. However, this week could be where Ajayi gets a majority of the workload and sets the tone.

Nick Foles needed a defender's knees to complete a throw for a Philadelphia Eagles first down against the Atlanta Falcons. But the quarterback quickly dived on the loose ball and was ruled to have scored.

Soon after came Matt Bosher's punt that took a wicked bounce and hit Braman while he was blocking.

From there Ryan connected with Devonta Freeman with a deft six-yard touchdown pass.

The second half was a totally different story.

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The ricochet went almost 10 yards back toward Foles.

The Eagles did put together a nice early touchdown drive, 14 plays for 86 yards, as Blount capped it with a fourth-and-goal run from the 1-yard line.

"It was great for momentum", Foles said.

But kicker Jake Elliott atoned at the end of the half.

Ryan was 22 of 36 for 210 yards on a hard day to throw.

Star receiver Jones had a strong game with nine receptions for 101 yards.

Next Sunday, the Eagles will host either Minnesota or New Orleans to decide which N.F.C. team will play in the Super Bowl on February 4. It was a storyline all week while preparing to play the Atlanta Falcons.

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Eagles' Lane Johnson Embraces The Underdog Mentality After Defeating Falcons