NFL Playoffs: Falcons favored over top-seeded Eagles in next round


The Eagles, who won the NFC East with a 13-3 record, lost starting quarterback Carson Wentz to a season-ending knee injury in early December. Oddsmakers in Las Vegas have Atlanta the favorite against the Eagles in Philadelphia. While the men in Black and Gold are focused exclusively on beating the Carolina Panthers for a third time this season, here's how Atlanta's wildcard victory influences the Saints playoff future. Falcons place-kicker Jay Feely supplied Atlanta's only points with a pair of field goals.

If the Philadelphia Eagles defense is searching for sources of confidence as Saturday's NFC divisional round game against the Falcons approaches, coaches can flip on tape from last year's matchup between the teams. The Eagles defense held Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and company to one touchdown.

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The Eagles took a 13-0 lead into the fourth quarter, but the Falcons rallied behind quarterback Steve Bartkowski's two touchdown passes. Ryan finished the game with 267 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

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The Falcons' defensive line is extremely aggressive in getting upfield, and the Eagles will have to use that against them this weekend by employing their usual trap blocks in the running game. The Divisional Round of the NFL's postseason will feature 20 players from Alabama high schools and colleges.

The Philadelphia Eagles are about to make some National Football League postseason history. As safety Rodney McLeod explained, Philadelphia had a plan to contain Atlanta's wide array of talented skill-position players and executed it for much of the game.

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Allen's teammate, Chris Long, mentioned that one of the keys to the Eagles potentially defensive-minded performance in the playoffs was "to keep the points down and play physical at home here in the cold".