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13 January 2018, 05:30 | Sandy Nunez
Foles reasons to remain confident
In order for the Eagles to advance to the NFC championship game, their offense has to wake up, and put some serious points on the board. The Falcons are 0-2 in Philadelphia in the playoffs and 1-0 at home. If the Falcons get constant pressure on Foles and get him out of the pocket, the Falcons will win. The over/under for this game has moved down to just 41.5 total points.
"This is a definite line-of-scrimmage kind of game", Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said. Both teams lost in that endeavor.
The Eagles defense is anchored by tackles Fletcher Cox and Tim Jernigan.
This comes down to one thing and one thing only: Nick Foles playing quarterback. Yes, I said it, they CAN win this game. The Falcons will be seeing one of the best defences in the National Football League as Philadelphia ranked fourth in yards allowed, first against the run and fourth in scoring (18.4 ppg). We'll take it. We came through last Saturday letting you know Atlanta covering on the road in L.A. against the Rams was a lock. "So, you'd expect them to have a good run defense, and they certainly do". But can you trust Nick Foles to lead Philadelphia to victory? The Falcons offensive plays in the Red Zone could very well make or break this game. Every drive ended in a punt except for the one where there was an interception.
It's also worth noting that Foles himself was bad in the final two games of the regular season. More important, no snowstorm has been predicted.
It's time to realize that the young Falcons defense is good and will be good for some time.
Donovan McNabb led the Eagles to the victory in the divisional round by playing the first game since he broke his ankle on November 17.
The Falcons are coming off a 26-13 playoff win at the Los Angeles Rams after beating Carolina in a win-or-out regular-season finale. Third-string quarterback Nate Sudfeld received the bulk of the snaps going 19 of 23 for 134 yards. Wentz threw for 231 yards.
The Eagles are in the playoffs for the first time since the 2013 season, when they suffered a 26-24 loss to New Orleans in the wild-card round at the Linc on January 4, 2014. "We'll just see about Saturday".
SERIES RECORD: 35th all-time meeting and fourth in the postseason. He was around for only about half of the regular season. The Eagles hold a 2-1 advantage in the playoffs. That could be huge against an Eagles team that turned it over 10 times in its final six games. Ironically, Foles was the quarterback in 2013 when the Eagles fell to the New Orleans Saints 26-24. The Eagles outgained the Falcons, 362-202 behind the play of Donovan McNabb. If the Eagles stop the run on early downs, then that will allow them to focus on stopping Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu in the short passing game. He delivered pinpoint throws to his tight ends and wideouts, especially on slants. RB Devonta Freeman (knee), WR Mohamed Sanu (knee) and LB LaRoy Reynolds (knee) were limited in practice on Wednesday.
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