Philadelphia, which went into the matchup with the Falcon as underdog, will host either Minnesota or New Orleans for the conference championship and a chance to make the Super Bowl for the first time since 2004 season, when they lost to the New England Patriots.
And they knew they were going to do so.
No, Foles didn't set the world on fire like he did back in 2013, when the former Arizona Wildcats quarterback came from near-obscurity - at least outside of Tucson - to salvage the Eagles' season. He's just a humble guy playing the game he loves. Falcons' quarterback Matt Ryan threw for 210 yards and 1 touchdown pass to Devonta Freeman. And I understand, Carson's a great player. but every week, our guys are hearing the same thing; that now we are all of a sudden not good enough.
The Eagles could spend the week running from that.
It was the first home playoff victory for the Eagles in more than 11 years, with Jeff Garcia the last QB to accomplish that. But they couldn't catch one more on fourth-and-goal from the 2-yard line.
"To be honest I feel like a played poorly".
Neither of the telling, 11th-hour drives will ever be celebrated in a 30-for-30 special. LeGarrette Blount would run for a score on the next play to put the Eagles on the board 6-3. With the Birds ahead, 12-10, it would include three successful third-down conversions. "He didn't rattle", Ajayi said.
Foles directed brilliant marches 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, 37 and 21 in the second half. It's disappointing to not get the outcome that you want.
"If we believe the outsiders, we will be all messed up", Pro Bowl defensive tackle Fletcher Cox said. We never said that. "We all stuck together and believed we could move the ball".
Here's how things have gone in all three phases. They would be confident in Foles.
The win over the defending NFC champs may cause some to take a second look at the Eagles.
Entering the game, the Eagles converted just 9 of 41 (21.9 percent) third downs since Carson Wentz was injured. "That's what it's always been about. It felt like we had the right players in mind at the right time, and we just fell a little bit short". "We just believe in one another". It was fair fun at the expense of those who declared a 13-3 team to be a home underdog.
Then, midway through the second quarter, the Falcons took advantage of another Eagles mistake when linebacker LaRoy Reynolds recovered a muffed punt return on the Eagles 18-yard line. But if he can turn in two more performances like this, he might be all they need.