- The Falcons have won three of their last four road games after their victory in Los Angeles last weekend.
After Julio Jones took a third-down catch to about the two-yard line, Ryan rolled out to his right, only there were no options open and he just tossed it up for Jones - who couldn't reel it in on fourth down. They used it as motivation and now it's onto the next one as they continue pursuit of the franchise's first Super Bowl title.
"I think that's certainly something that we have to look at and evaluate this offseason", Matt Ryan said after concluding a somewhat down season for him in the wake of his 2016 league MVP campaign. They will still need to play a top-notch game to come out on top.
Philadelphia snatched control of the game by outmanning Atlanta in the trenches and took a five-point lead with about six minutes to play on a short field goal. After that, the Falcons offense got quiet until the end of the fourth quarter. Falcons 6-10-1 lifetime at Philadelphia dating back to 1966...
A prep star at Foley, Jones finished the game with nine receptions for 101 yards. Ryan threw for 218 yards and a touchdown. The Eagles have a strong defense and the key will be the Eagles' ability to gang tackle and limit the Falcons' explosive play making abilities.
Coleman, usually the backup, had 79 yards on 10 carries, with a long of 23.
The Eagles have a better receiving core around Nick Foles than Carson Wentz had a year ago when they beat the Falcons 24-15. If Nick Foles throws the ball 45 times for Philly, an Atlanta win is guaranteed. Ajayi, a midseason acquisition, carried for 54 yards over all.
Running back LeGarrette Blount has found a new lease on life at the Eagles, rushing for an average of 4.4 yards per carry. The Falcons attempted a pass play with one minute left, but Ryan was unable to connect with Jones for the game-winning score. The Eagles drove 37 yards in 46 seconds, thanks to a wild dropped interception by the Falcons' Keanu Neal.
It was that side of the ball that ended their chances to get to the big game again.
Rookie Takk McKinley's sack was the only one recorded on the day for the Falcons. Elliott missed the extra point, hitting the left upright.
Matt Bosher's punt was muffed by an Eagle and recovered by Atlanta's LaRoy Reynolds. The kick capped a third quarter dominated by both defenses.
Neither team could find their way into the end zone in the second half, however two field goals from Philadelphia kicker Jake Elliott proved the difference as the Eagles took a 15-10 win to move into the NFC championship.
The Falcons have more team speed than maybe any team in the NFL and the Eagles will have to play disciplined football to be able to contain the Falcons offense.