Falcons' season slips through Julio Jones' hands on final failed fourth down

Falcons' season slips through Julio Jones' hands on final failed fourth down

"I know there's a lot of people against us this last week and just answering questions and just hearing about it, but that's sports and that's just part of it". The Eagles initially kept the offense on the field to go for it, but head coach Doug Pederson called a timeout. However, that's when a cruel stroke of fate took them by surprise and took Carson Wentz, who was playing like an MVP, out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL.

He jogged through the home locker room at Lincoln Financial Field a hero, king for a day, or, well, at least not the court jester. "But in our locker room, we believe in one another".

Foles, in the second playoff start of his career, got the job done, while the Eagles' defense held the Falcons' offense to 281 total yards.

Foles heated up after a poor first half, but the Eagles settled for field goals on those two long drives. On other plays, he and Devonta Freeman didn't have an inch to run when Ryan handed off.

Foles didn't throw any touchdown passes and, at times early in the game, he looked like the Foles we saw in the final two regular-season games - maybe worse. "We had them in [injured tackle] Jason Peters' coat so after the win we could break them out". The receiver was instrumental in the Eagles' third-fourth quarter drive that expanded their lead to five points, catching three passes for 45 yards.

It was the first playoff win for Philadelphia since the 2008 season, and they will host either Minnesota or New Orleans for the conference title next Sunday.

That's how Cris Collinsworth explained the Eagles win on NBC's telecast.

On third-and-goal at the Falcons 3, Agholor, coming around on the jet sweep, crashed into Foles. Because there's going to be a lot of outside noise in any sport, any situation, where you're doing something on a big stage. There's going to be criticism. "We always talk about that". But the refs let us play and that's what you want. O-line did a great job today getting a push off the ball.

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You also have to execute.

Then came two starts with a combined 23-of-49 passing, with two interceptions and one touchdown.

White ran it in from 6 yards midway through the second quarter, carrying a tackler over the goal line just inside the pylon to give New England its first lead of the game.

Ryan had to backpedal and keep the play alive and he scanned the end zone desperately before going back to Jones, who could not win the jump ball over the Eagles' Jalen Mills.

Here's how things have gone in all three phases. The players who needed to step up did.

Philadelphia's Jake Elliott kicked a 53-yard field goal at the end of the first half to cut Atlanta's lead to 10-9. They'd never trail again. This time, however, thanks to a goal-line stand by the defense in the waning moments of the game, his team is moving on. "Stayed committed to the run, obviously, and that helps".

Follow along as we bring you live updates and analysis from the game from kickoff through the final whistle.