Philadelphia Eagles beat Atlanta Falcons in first playoff appearance since 2013


Even though the Eagles secured the one seed and home-field advantage in the NFC, they are underdogs in this matchup.

The Divisional Playoffs have always been my favorite National Football League playoff weekend and this weekend should be interesting. "We got a big team win". While Nick Foles is mobile, he is not exactly Carson Wentz. The weather in Philadelphia this Saturday is predicted to be in the low 30s.

The first two Eagles' drives produced 26 yards from scrimmage, three first downs, two on interference calls and a 3.2 yards per play average.

The Eagles and Falcons take the field at Lincoln Financial at 4:35 pm on Saturday. Atlanta is a 3-point favorite because Philadelphia is missing MVP candidate Carson Wentz.

The Eagles rank as one of the league's best defences, conceding fewer rushing yards than any other team, with defensive tackles Fletcher Cox and Tim Jernigan clogging up the middle. Dan Quinn's club was very physical a week ago against the Rams as running backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman overpowered Los Angeles' defenders.

Rather than a return trip to the Super Bowl following last season's disappointment against the New England Patriots, now the Falcons go home wondering what could have been.

The Eagles have a better receiving core around Nick Foles than Carson Wentz had past year when they beat the Falcons 24-15.

- Titans running back Derrick Henry finished with 156 rushing yards and a touchdown against Kansas City last week, becoming the second player in team history to record 150+ rushing yards in a playoff game. His first went for seven yards against Dallas in the regular-season finale. It is a game we can win. On fourth down from the two-yard line, the Falcons Ryan again faced pressure from the Eagles defense and lofted up a catchable ball to Jones that floated through the All-Pro's hands.

Philadelphia started the quarter with the ball. If they can, look for the Falcons to have problems scoring this weekend. Imagine those two rivals fighting for a place in the Super Bowl next week.

What would the spread have been with Wentz starting for the Eagles?

Clement has added much needed versatility despite the loss of Darren Sproles. If that didn't happen, Philly would not have picked up Jay Ajayi, who is the modern day "beast mode". Foles hasn't impressed. He's struggled to a point where head coach Doug Pederson may turn to second-year passer Nate Sudfeld, a raw prospect the Eagles picked up in training camp after he was released by Washington. The Eagles defense remained strong in the fourth quarter, forcing a punt after the Falcons started a drive on their own 40-yard line following a kickoff out of bounds.

The Eagles front absolutely dominated this entire game.