"Foles will try to join Tommy Thompson in the 1940s, Ron Jaworski and Donovan McNabb as only the fourth quarterback in franchise history with more than one postseason win when the Eagles host the NFC Championship Game next Sunday against the victor of the Saints-Vikings game this Sunday". He added 44 yards on three catches including a monumental 32-yard pickup, the longest reception for Philadelphia, on a third down during the Eagles' opening drive of the fourth quarter that led to the game's final points.
- Rob Maaddi reporting in Philadelphia.
Foles directed drives of 74 and 80 yards in the second half one into the whipping wind, the other with it and Elliott atoned for missing an extra point by converting from 53 yards at the end of the second quarter, and from 37 and 21 in the second half.
If the Eagles or Patriots lose Saturday, it will mark the second consecutive year that a No.1 seed has lost their first playoff game. The short drive started when the Falcons recovered a punt at the 18 yard line after it was touched by the Eagles.
The Eagles then committed a pair of penalties to move the ball to the 8. They would become less happy when Ryan found Devonta Freeman in the endzone for a touchdown.
"We went out there and played great team football, we played Philadelphia Eagles football tonight, and that's the most important thing".
Back-up quarterback Nick Foles has taken over the starting duties and has been serviceable, with five touchdowns and two interceptions in his three starts. He was originally ruled to have scored, but replays confirmed Foles was down at the 1. The Eagles kicker, who was always consistent, Caleb Sturgis, went down with an injury which resulted in picking up Jake Elliott.
The 86-yard drive took 14 plays and 6:44. That's when Matt Bryant's number was called and, as he has all season long, the Falcons' veteran kicker booted a 33-yard field goal to give Atlanta the early 3-0 lead.
The Eagles opened the game with a deep pass from Nick Foles to Torrey Smith, drawing a pass interference call and picking up 42 yards in the process. It was Ajayi's second fumble in two games.
The top-seeded Eagles won their first playoff game since 2009 and advanced to host the NFC Championship Game next Sunday against either the New Orleans Saints or the Minnesota Vikings. Atlanta is a 3-point favorite because Philadelphia is missing MVP candidate Carson Wentz.
In the second half, Foles was able to find his rhythm and mix in a balance of the running game with former Frisco Liberty star Jay Ajayi.
After Philly's newly formed dog pound celebrated on the field, owner Jeffrey Lurie joined the fun by dancing in the circle in the middle of the locker room. Still, oddsmakers and pundits picked the defending NFC champion Falcons to win.