They answered the critics the only way possible - with a victory on the field.
On Saturday, Nick Foles is doing his best NFL-quarterback impression for the Eagles in the divisional round of the playoffs. "We blocked it out". The Falcons had first-and-goal at the 9, and got to the 2 on fourth down before Ryan's pass to Julio Jones soared over his head in the end zone.
"To be honest I feel like a played poorly". Jones ended up on the ground during his route and got back up.
With the franchise's first playoff victory in nine seasons, the Eagles clinched a spot in next weekend's NFC Championship Game and moved one win away from a trip to the Super Bowl. "That was it. Our team never wavered, defense did an incredible job, special teams thats just been the story this year is that we just all stuck together". "We have to keep them out of the end zone".
Foles was effective, going 23-of-30 passing for 246 yards. "We kept working, kept grinding, had faith in one another". The Falcons have covered five of their past seven overall vs. teams with a winning record. No other team has more than five home wins in the postseason in that time. We believe in him and he believes in us and that's our approach.
The Falcons, desperate for a shot at redemption after losing last year's Super Bowl to the New England Patriots after leading 28-3, blew a late chance to take the lead as the Eagles held on.
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"It was tough, but the game was on the line, " Freeman said. "The fumble, can't do that in a big game". The Eagles kicker, who was always consistent, Caleb Sturgis, went down with an injury which resulted in picking up Jake Elliott. Philadelphia's 14-play, 80-yard drive stalled at the 3 and instead of going for it on fourth-and-1, they opted for the field goal.
"I don't really care", Ertz said. Tennessee hasn't been in the AFC Championship Game since 2003.
Wide receiver Nelson Agholor set up running back LeGarrette Blount's second-quarter TD with a 21-yard run off an inside counter. The short drive started when the Falcons recovered a punt at the 18 yard line after it was touched by the Eagles. Jeffery made a long stretch to haul in another throw with 1 second remaining, and Elliott's 53-yard field goal just made it over the crossbar. A replay reversed the call, marking Foles down at the 1, setting up Blount's touchdown on fourth down, though Elliott missed the extra point. He opted to go for it, handing it to LeGarrette Blount, who swept right and dashed into the end zone for his first touchdown since October 29 against the 49ers.
While the Eagles came into the playoffs as the top seed in the NFC, with first-string quarterback Carson Wentz out injured, they went into the match as underdogs and found themselves down 3-0 early following the fumble which led to a Matt Bryant field goal for Atlanta. He was the Texans director of player personnel from 2015-16 and director of pro personnel in 2014.