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Studs and duds from Eagles playoff win over Falcons, including Nick Foles

14 January 2018, 12:52 | Max Haynes

Studs and duds from Eagles playoff win over Falcons, including Nick Foles

Defensive end Chris Long of the Eagles wears

Are you looking for tickets to next week's NFC Championship game in Philadelphia?

While the "what is a catch?" debate continues to baffle basically every person in football, what's clear is that a Falcons comeback effort somehow fell short when Julio Jones couldn't come up with a 4th-and-goal pass in the end zone.

STOPPING JULIO: The Eagles had some success against Julio Jones in their win past year, keeping him out of the end zone but allowing 10 catches for 135 yards.

Next Sunday, the Eagles will host either Minnesota or New Orleans for the conference title. The sixth-seeded Falcons finish the year with an 11-7 record.

But they couldn't have been more wrong about the Eagles entering Sunday's game against the Falcons and the underdog label was the flawless tag for a team eager to prove that it wasn't a one-man team en route to the top seed in the NFC.

Unfortunately for Atlanta, the play was unsuccessful.

Overall, it was a slow offensive game for both teams in a low-scoring bloodbath ending in a 15-10 victory.

"It was a tough game for us", Quinn said, "and as we go through, we will go back and assess everything we have done". And then with the passing game, just him making great decisions and getting the ball out of his hand and finding the open receiver. I mean, it goes well beyond a player like Julio Jones.

"They showed a clip of someone dogging us", Brandon Graham said of an NFL Network talking head. "You're in a competitive game. When you don't get that result, it's hard".

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"I ended up on the ground", Jones said. I know there were a lot of people against us this week, just answering the questions and hearing about it.

Amusing enough, this was the longest pass play the Eagles have had to a wide receiver since Carson Wentz was injured weeks back.

CALL OF THE GAME: Eagles coach Doug Pederson ran an inside counter to wide receiver Nelson Agholor that went for 21 yards to the Falcons 3 on third-and-3 on Philadelphia's touchdown drive. It was unfair to think Foles would give them the same explosiveness Wentz provided, something Foles proved incapable of doing in their last two games. Jay Ajayi's fumble and a misplayed punt that bounced off Bryan Braman led to all 10 Atlanta points.

The game came down to a fourth-and-goal with a minute remaining at the Philadelphia 2-yard line.

Elliott kicked a 53-yard field goal with 1 second left on the clock, and the Falcons lead was down to one at halftime.

On offense, former Austin Westlake quarterback Nick Foles managed the game well after a slow start, finishing 23-of-30 for 246 yards.

On the Eagles' 74-yard drive, Foles was 5 for 6 for 70 yards, the only incompletion being a drop by Jay Ajayi.

For two weeks, all the Philadelphia Eagles heard was how they didn't deserve to be a top seed in the playoffs. Matt Ryan had completed just 16 of his 26 passes for 133 yards and a touchdown. Ryan somehow kept his balance before taking a big hit as he unloaded the pass, which was the 20th postseason touchdown pass of his career.

Defenses dominated the opening quarter of Saturday's game.The Falcons took advantage of a turnover to take an early 3-0 lead.

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