Regardless of field goals or touchdowns, the sixth-seeded Falcons (11-6) kept their postseason dream of winning a Super Bowl alive.
In those games, the Falcons are a much better 8-7 over the last decade or so, and so it will be up to the fans to give the Eagles, a three-point underdog now, a homefield edge. The two teams played to a tie (13-13) once in 1970 at Franklin Field. Unless Matt Ryan breaks an arm or pops his achilles in practice this week, the Eagles will be the first. After the final whistle blew, Scott Fowler of The Charlotte Observer named the 10 players who he believed mattered the most on Sunday.
The Eagles were 7-0 in meaningful home games this season. Mills said. "When their running backs are having as much success as they are, I wouldn't try to force the ball through the air, either". Gurley caught just four balls for 10 yards after a season where he averaged more than that per grab.
The touchdown reception was the seventh for Jones in eight postseason games. The Falcons entered that game with a 4-4 record, plunging their playoff odds to around 10%. Last season, the notion of the Falcons putting up points would not be questioned.
Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills said Monday he does not foresee Julio Jones' red zone struggles becoming especially relevant to Mills' preparation for the divisional round playoff matchup Saturday with the Atlanta Falcons.
There is no doubt that the Eagles would be the favorites in this game if Carson Wentz never tore his ACL in the week 14 win over the Rams. History tells us it should, but both quarterbacks have experience in the cold, namely Foles in the Snow Bowl in 2013, and should be able to find success in the milder temperatures. Vick led the Falcons at quarterback in the Falcons playoff games against Philadelphia in 2003 and 2005.
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Certainly, there are other factors at play, but with the importance that quarterbacks carry, the Falcons likely should be favored in this game.
The Eagles finished the regular season 13-3 and were led for most of the season by MVP candidate Carson Wentz. The Penn Charter alum went 21 for 30 for 218 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Carson Wentz led the National Football League in touchdowns, and was on pace to finish with MVP-calibre 4,057 yards, 41 touchdowns, nine interceptions, and a 101.8 passer rating.
"Any time you can play teams at home, that's exactly what you want", Eagles defensive tackle Beau Allen.
The Falcons' running game definitely seemed to wear down the Rams defense in the second half Saturday.
It's insane to think, but the Falcons could easily end up climbing into a spot where they're favored for more than a touchdown.
A big part of their aerial attack in 2016 was veteran wideout Julio Jones, who failed to match his numbers from a career year in 2015, but still managed to put up 1,409 yards and six touchdowns in fourteen regular season games.