That game was dominated by the Vikings but a lot has changed for both teams. The Falcons will be seeing one of the best defences in the National Football League as Philadelphia ranked fourth in yards allowed, first against the run and fourth in scoring (18.4 ppg).
The Eagles rank as one of the league's best defences, conceding fewer rushing yards than any other team, with defensive tackles Fletcher Cox and Tim Jernigan clogging up the middle. The weather in Philadelphia this Saturday is predicted to be in the low 30s. The Eagles might have an advantage with Ajayi.
While the Jaguars won the AFC South and have shown significant improvement this year, their offense is not on par with the Steelers.
Nick Foles is starting for the Eagles and based on one bad game the Eagles would apparently be better off going with nearly any other quarterback in the League. If the Falcons offensive line can not handle their business up front, Matt may struggle. His outdoor stadium record is 34-29.
The New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers enjoyed first-round byes in the AFC while the Philadelphia Eagles and Minnesota Vikings were the top seeds in the NFC. Now if the Foles that threw 27 touchdown passes against four interceptions back in 2013 plays, they really could make a strong run to the Super Bowl.
"I feel good", he said.
This is the first time the Falcons and Eagles have met in the playoffs since following the 2004 season.
After posting the best record in the NFC, earning the No. 1 seed and fighting through injuries to almost every one of their top players - including of course Carson Wentz, Jason Peters and Jordan Hicks (not to mention Fletcher Cox, Darren Sproles, Ronald Darby and more) - the Birds are getting no respect. "We won three games with Nick in there - at the Rams and then against the Giants and the Raiders". During the first 14 weeks, Philly was scoring 2.4 points per drive, with a red-zone efficiency of 67 percent.
Foles has never faced Quinn, but he beat the Jaguars in 2014 with the Eagles and in 2016 with the Chiefs. He hasn't carried the ball as much in Philadelphia, but he might have to be a workhorse this week. No one expects this to be a game. The Eagles had a great season, but their MVP; Carson Wentz; tore his ACL at the end of the season. This is an entirely different offense, which means Foles is going to have to do a little more to help this team win.
There is a bevy of offensive talent at his disposal, including power backs Jay Ajayi and LeGarrette Blount.
"With defenses like this, it's always going through progressions". Eagles averaged 365.8 yards per game and allowed 306.5.