Once again, Falcons will regret letting playoff game get away

Once again, Falcons will regret letting playoff game get away

Almost two weeks after University of Georgia's loss to the University of Alabama in the National College Football Championship game, hometown fans had to suffer through the Atlanta Falcons succumbing to Philadelphia's Eagles Saturday evening in the NFC Divisional Playoffs.

The Falcons' once-potent offense was held scoreless in the second half.

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Since losing Wentz, Pederson had done his team no favors in his play-calling, surprisingly moving away from the run with Foles under center.

But the crowd was taken out of it on the next play when Atlanta recovered a Jay Ajayi fumble and capitalized with a Matt Bryant field goal. Foles, on the other hand, was 2-for-3 in the first quarter for 19 yards. Completing that final pass to Jones, completing what would have been a game-winning drive and dramatic comeback against a formidable Eagles defense, would have elevated him in the eyes of those who question whether he's truly among the game's elite.

Coleman, usually the backup, had 79 yards on 10 carries, with a long of 23.

Having driven the length of the field in the final minutes, converting one fourth down near midfield that would have had most coaches punting.

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Foles overthrows Zach Ertz over the middle and the ball bounces off the knee of Falcons safety Keanu Neal before landing safely in the arms of Smith, who lunges forward to midfield. Obviously, the Eagles realize that no matter who they end up playing it's going to be a tough battle, but at least after defeating the Falcons as underdogs, Pederson's squad was able to make a huge statement about belonging in the postseason and there's nothing they would love more than to earn a trip to the Super Bowl with one more win.

Foles went 10-12 on play action passes for 86 yards and a passer rating of 96.5. Thanks to social media, we can take a look and relive the jubilation of yesterday's win. The Falcons were flagged for defensive pass interference on the play. The previous week, when Wentz was hurt in Los Angeles, Foles was 6-for-10 for 42 yards.

Atlanta's special teams' unit has been strong all season. The Eagles' defense dominated most of the second half. The veteran always played hard for the Birds and it was nice to see him get some redemption after making a potentially fatal mistake.

Even with the Eagles knowing what was coming, the Falcons still made it close. Under his command, this Eagles defense has been transformed into an elite unit.

The Eagles last played the Saints in the playoffs in 2013 when they lost to New Orleans, 26-24.

Elliott missed an extra point earlier in the quarter.

Eagles tight end Zach Ertz tipped his hat to the remaining NFC opponents, but says he and his teammates will be ready for whoever survives Sunday's divisional game. So perhaps there is a bit of destiny on the line if the Vikings can pull out a victory this afternoon. They went to Super Bowl LI, but had trouble recapturing the offensive magic this season under new offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian.

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