Falcons fall to Eagles 15-10, ending Atlanta's playoff run

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With white flags waving, the Philadelphia fans rose, clamoring for the home team to pull off the improbable.

For two weeks, all the Philadelphia Eagles heard was how they didn't deserve to be a top seed in the playoffs. It's an insult to any quarterback, but it's Philadelphia's best chance at a postseason victory without Wentz.

Though the Atlanta Falcons' 2017 season didn't end as painfully as their 2016 campaign had, this time their Super Bowl dreams truly slipped through the Falcons' hands. The Eagles drove 37 yards in 46 seconds, thanks to a wild dropped interception by the Falcons' Keanu Neal.

Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins had one thought racing through his mind at the time, and he implored his unit to rise to the occasion when it counted most. But maybe what they didn't say is more telling than what they did. While Philadelphia advances to the NFC championship game, the Falcons (11-7) go home. The Eagles shut down Atlanta's potent offense and earned a berth in next week's NFC championship game following Saturday's triumph at Lincoln Financial Field.

The Falcons are going to have a painful, regret-filled offseason, one year after what, by the numbers, was the most painful, regret-filled offseason of the NFL's Super Bowl era.

"We never looked [at it] as we never had a chance to win this game", defensive end Chris Long said. "We got a big team win". But Pederson's shift led to a brutish drive that landed the Eagles in the end zone via, you guessed it, a Blount rushing touchdown.

Philadelphia's offense was not impressive, but the Eagles defense was as they overcame the Atlanta Falcons 15-10 in the National Football League divisional round. Foles completed 23 passes on 30 attempts for 246 yards.

"We had good preparation".

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Everton responded with a chance of their own as Wayne Rooney dragged his left-footed effort wide from Cenk Tosun's long ball. He scored his 98th goal in the 59th minute to leave behind Teddy Sheringham's previous club record of 97 strikes.

Nick Foles had not played extremely well in relief of Carson Wentz.

"We were looking for each other", Long said.

As bad as Foles was for the Eagles in the first half, the Birds also didn't have much luck. In a close, low-scoring ballgame like that, a turnover is huge.

The Falcons had one last drive starting at their own 20 and advanced the ball all the way to the Eagles two. The Falcons were called for two questionable pass interference penalties in the first quarter.

Despite being underdogs as the No.1 seed, the Eagles showed plenty of character in the tightest spots of the fourth quarter and Jake Elliott atoned for a missed extra point with three field goals. Ryan was 22-for-26 for 210 yards. Foles played well in his first five quarters and struggled in the next five. The 24-year-old playmaker had hoped his team would ride the "Jay Train" all the way to the NFC title game, but Ajayi might have been a little too hyped on the biggest stage.

"I don't know, but at the end of the day, I can make those plays. I left some plays out there".

"Just keep disrespecting us, and we're going to keep proving people wrong", said Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, who finished with four catches for 61 yards. "And like I say in this room, we're not anxious about all that. We're just going to keep believing in one another and just keep fighting".