Philadelphia Eagles: 3 takeaways from win over Falcons in Divisional Round
- Author: Julie Sanders Jan 15, 2018,
Jan 15, 2018, 12:52
The first half ended with an Eagles field goal. But Ajayi fumbled on the next play with Keanu Neal recovering. And when the Eagles' defense was on the field, they were as good as they needed to be, keeping the Falcons off the scoreboard the entire second half. Without him, the Eagles have turned their offense over to backup Nick Foles - and it has sputtered. Jay Ajayi ran physical, and LeGarrette Blount finished a short run for the Eagles' only touchdown. The Eagles missed the extra point following that score.
Everyone's already breaking down the Atlanta Falcons' final drive.
Soon after came Matt Bosher's punt that took a wicked bounce and hit Braman while he was blocking.
The 2018 National Football League playoffs continue Saturday afternoon with the divisional round and two more postseason games. The only other scoring that happened was an Elliot field goal as the time expired at halftime.
After Corey Clement's five-yard run following an encroachment penalty resulted in a first down for Philadelphia, Foles would kneel on each of the next two plays to run out the clock. That's a shared responsibility when we don't achieve at the level that we would really like to.
The final drive was alive in part from a big catch by Jones on fourth-and-six from Atlanta's 42-yard line with 3:30 to play. Atlanta's secondary blew the chance to end the drive.
"Just keep on disrespecting and we're going to keep proving people wrong", receiver Alshon Jeffery said.
Jake Elliott kicked a field goal to make it 10-9 at half-time, and then slotted two more through the posts in the second half. LeGarrette Blount ran it in after a botched handoff nearly gave the Falcons the ball.
Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Lane Johnson and defensive end Chris Long took the "underdog" notion a step further, donning canine masks following the Eagles' 15-10 victory over the favored Atlanta Falcons.
Defenses dominated the opening quarter of Saturday's game.The Falcons took advantage of a turnover to take an early 3-0 lead. Matt Ryan and the Falcons looked unstopped for most of the drive. The Eagles forced a fourth down at Atlanta's 42 after a challenged catch was overturned. "Hey, we are going to face dome teams the rest of the way and we're going to bring 'em outside and they will have to face the elements and (the fans) wrath", said Bill Johnston, of Lanhorne Pa. The Falcons were called for two questionable pass interference penalties in the first quarter.
The game came down to a fourth-and-goal with a minute remaining at the Philadelphia 2-yard line.