Pretty? No. Effective? Yes.
The Eagles are headed back to the NFC Title game, as Saturday afternoon they needed every inch in grunting out a home playoff win over the Atlanta Falcons 15-10.
They will host the winner of the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings next Sunday evening for the right to play in the Super Bowl on February 4th.
The key in the five-point win was the play of the Eagles offensive line, as well as their ability to get to Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, which really was the play with the game on the line that saved the game in the final seconds.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) January 14, 2018
Eagles QB Nick Foles went 23-of-30 for 246 yards and no turnovers, and he should get some credit for playing well enough for the Eagles to get the win, and not being the reason they would have lost.
The game came down to that saving play, and Ryan’s final pass to Julio Jones went through his hands, and with it the Eagles were flying high onto the next round.
Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills couldn’t hear a sound, even though the crowd at Lincoln Financial Field was loud as a jet engine.
“Can’t hear the crowd, but you can feel them,” Mills would say later. “You can feel that energy. The ground felt like it was shaking out there, it was so loud. When they broke the huddle and I saw [Jones] come to my side, I said, ‘I know where the ball’s coming.’
“As a true competitor, you love that. You live and die for that.”
It was quite a win for the Eagles, and now we will see what lies ahead as they are just one step away from playing in the biggest game on planet earth.
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