Philadelphia Eagles defensive end FLETCHER COX rushes Atlanta Falcons quarterback MATT RYAN, forcing him to shuffel the ball for an incomplete pass in the third quarter in the NFC Divisiional Playoff game. The Eagles went on to win 15-10 and will face the winner of the Minnesota Vikings/ New Orleans Saints game for the NFC Championship.
Uploaded in this group are six selected images from today’s NFC Divisional Playoff game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Atlanta Falcons and won by the Eagles 15-10. The Eagles victory was highlighted by a solid performance by quarterback NICK FOLES who went 23 of 30 for 246 yards and no turnovers; a very strong performance by the Eagles defensive and offensive lines; and by three field goals by kicker JAKE ELLIOT, the first of which was a 53 yarder for the last play of the first half. The six images capture these moments.
The Eagles’ strategy wasn’t to simply run the football against the Falcons. The idea was for the Eagles’ offensive line to pound the Falcons defense into submission. And it worked.Everybody expected the Eagles to lean on the ground attack in their playoff game on Saturday. Most felt it necessary to hide or protect Nick Foles. Some thought it time to unleash workhorse running back Jay Ajayi. Strong wind and freezing temperatures were factors as well.The steady barrage of runs still helped to soften a Falcons pass rush that recorded just one sack and four quarterback hits in the contest. Foles looked increasingly comfortable as the game progressed, consistently stepping up into clean pockets and throwing darts to keep the chains moving.
The Eagles now face the winner of the Minnesota Vikings/ New Orleans Saints game for the NFC CHAMPIONSHIP. I will be there next week and also at the Super Bowl on February 4. As you know, the Eagles are one of the few teams that have never won a Super Bowl.