McCaffery: Nick Foles helped give underdog Eagles some unexpected bite

Defensive end Chris Long of the Eagles wears

McCaffery: Nick Foles helped give underdog Eagles some unexpected bite

Freeman played through the injuries and refused to use them as an excuse for his ineffectiveness in the Falcons' 15-10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Saturday's divisional playoff. And I understand Carson is a great player.

The Eagles, who he once left in frustration only to return to in a lesser role, defeated the Atlanta Falcons, 15-10, to advance to the NFC Championship game next Sunday, which they'll host. He added 44 yards on three catches including a monumental 32-yard pickup, the longest reception for Philadelphia, on a third down during the Eagles' opening drive of the fourth quarter that led to the game's final points.

"I recognize that goes with the job and so does Sark", Quinn said.

Again, Foles was not sharp in the first half, but this throw was so bad it surprised the Falcons defense, and the deflection landed right in Torrey Smith's lap, giving the Eagles a chance to complete one more pass to Alshon Jeffery to get into field goal range, where Jake Elliott nailed a 53-yarder as the first half expired.

With 7:41 left in the half, an Atlanta punt bounced off Philadelphia special teams player Bryan Braman and was recovered by the Falcons' LaRoy Reynolds at the Philadelphia 18.

Foles played poorly in the final two games of the regular season against Oakland and Dallas, and because of that, many people wrote the Eagles off before Saturday's game.

"You have to think the ball is coming to him each and every play", Mills said. We never said that.

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"A lot of us have played with Nick before", said Johnson, who was a rookie in 2013, when Foles came in for Vick and took the league by storm. We believe in anybody lining up back there at quarterback. Pederson chose to go uptempo, and it paid off. Foles completed five straight pass attempts, including three straight to Jeffery that each went for a first down. "If we believe the outsiders, we'll be all messed up". The expected sound bites?

The Falcons' offense - up to that point - struggled the entire game. "It doesn't matter how".

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

"I'm very humble to win this game", Foles said. "That's what it's always been about".

"Ya'all asked me last week if I'm confident in myself, and I am confident in myself because I know how hard we work, and I know we believe in one another in that locker room, so there's no need to waste my time to say anything about it. We're just going to keep fighting". After the game, Pro Bowl lineman Lane Johnson brought out a dog mask to rub the victory in all the oddsmakers' faces.

They finished the season with a 13-3 record, but during that run, they only had two wins over teams who made the playoffs. Atlanta has a new offensive coordinator - Steve Sarkisian replaced Kyle Shanahan - and it took a while for them to get things on track.

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