Philadelphia Eagles will host Minnesota Vikings in NFC Championship
- Author: Joanne Flowers Jan 16, 2018,
Jan 16, 2018, 7:27
So yes, the Falcons were a threat to come into Philly and do the same to an Eagles team without their MVP caliber quarterback at the helm. For the first time since the 1970 merger, a No. 1 seed in the playoffs was considered an underdog by oddsmakers.
"It's hard when you get to the playoffs and you've put in all the work throughout the year", Ryan said.
"Just keep on disrespecting and we're going to keep proving people wrong", receiver Alshon Jeffery said. "We have a great running game, with weapons that when we play a complete game, we're not anxious about anybody coming in and running the ball on us". All-Pro right tackle Lane Johnson wore a dog mask while teammates barked after the game.
"Since (Wentz suffered his season ending injury), no one's given us a chance", Pederson said after the win.
"I'm sure everyone will have their doubts", he added. "I understand Carson is a great player, but every week our guys hear we're not good enough". I know gonna do it in the last two minutes.
Pederson's coaching success went well beyond the messaging.
After his hot start, he didn't even get on the field on the Eagles' last two drives of the first half.
Falcons coach Dan Quinn expressed support for Sarkisian despite the obvious offensive problems. "He always seems to know what buttons to push and when to push them". He had a long run of 11 yards. It marked the seventh time the Falcons failed to score 20 points this season, and they went 0-7 in those games. "This is everything you dream of as a player, you do your studying, you do your preparing, and they come out and run the identical play". "I've done it one other time, in Kansas City, with success". It's disappointing to not get the outcome that you want.
On Saturday, Pederson dialed up a fantastic game plan. Pederson vacillated about that decision, knowing that a successful conversion could have ended the game.
The Eagles did put together a nice early touchdown drive, 14 plays for 86 yards, as Blount capped it with a fourth-and-goal run from the 1-yard line. Personally as an Eagles fan, at this point I was nervous. Three plays later, Elliott smashed a 53-yard field goal - into the wind, no less - to cut Atlanta's lead to one at the break.
Now, he must do it again. Even though the Eagles have home-field advantage, it is likely they will be underdogs as they try to advance to their third Super Bowl in franchise history, ESPN reported. Foles, who became the starter when standout Carson Wentz injured his knee last month, was 23 of 30 for 246 yards. McLeod then barked instructions to Nigel Bradham to rush the quarterback, knowing that his assignment, Toilolo, was likely just blocking on the play, and not a threat to head out into the pattern. "Once you get into the flow of the game, it's football". "It's one of those things where, you dream about stuff like that where, literally, you make the play, you move on; you don't, you go home".