Zach Ertz limited to three catches while Eagles advance to NFC Championship

Paola Ditto
Gennaio 14, 2018

Whether it's the Saints or the Vikings, the Eagles' opponent in the conference championship game is going to be running into an angry team at the doorstep of a Super Bowl berth.

Unfortunately for Atlanta, the play was unsuccessful.

"The missed-chances and the almosts, " is how head coach Dan Quinn described them all.

Quinn said he'll evaluate Sarkisian just like they evaluate all phases and coaches. That's what we thought was the best play to go win the game. "We didn't get the job done, but 100 out of 100 we're gonna put the ball in those two guys' hands to try to win".

The Falcons were picked by many pundits to upset the Eagles, but they were still the NFC's No. 6 seed playing on the road against the No. 1 seed in one of the league's most hostile environments.

Freeman struggled to make anything happen for the Falcons running game, rushing for just seven yards.

But Foles, 28, is also the same guy who once threw seven TDs in a single game, the same guy who in 2013 during in his first tour with the Eagles, became the second-ever QB to post a flawless 158.3 passer rating in a single game. Flawless situation for the Falcons at their own 40 - and on the final play of the quarter, Devonta Freeman whiffed on a blitz pickup and let Ryan get dropped for a 10-yard loss.

In the case of McLeod, he also expressed surprise by the fact that the Falcons would essentially take away half the field on the game's decisive play. Multiple players called out what the play was going to be. "As a former defensive coordinator, I recognize that's a play people do deploy". We were looking for that opportunity and that matchup on that specific play. "You do your study, you do your preparing, and they come out and run the identical play, and the guys did a good job of stopping it, man". He buys time and then, under duress, is forced to throw what amounts to a delayed, covered fade route to Julio Jones, who's been scrambling to get up and open.

The Falcons have pumped in artificial noise in practice this week but will lean heavily on Ryan and center Alex Mack to use their experience with silent counts and hand signals.

A majority of that went by the wayside on Saturday when Pederson made a decision to stop calling the game like he had Carson Wentz under center. "Someone's gotta make a play, it's gonna happen", said fan Teresa Finegan.

"I think negativity by so many can certainly fuel you in a positive way and we felt it", Cox said. The pair have combined for countless jaw-dropping plays in their career, and there are sure to be more to come. Even though they had the best record in the NFC during the regular season and were the home team, they were the underdog.

The Falcons slow progress to the endzone had diehard Eagles fans cheering on a challenge on a pass completion, shouting when the Flacons made first downs, and roared when at 4th and goal the Eagles defense swooped in to prevent what could have been a game-winning touchdown for their opponents. We'll get back to work.

"It's hard when you get to the playoffs and you've put in all the work throughout the year", Ryan said.

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