Glance at the matchup, and the seeds look as if they should be reversed. Atlanta have won three of their last four games against the Eagles, however. With Foles at the helm of the Philly offense that will surely rely on pounding the rock, therefore shortening the game, I can see why the number is so low. Third-string quarterback Nate Sudfeld received the bulk of the snaps going 19 of 23 for 134 yards. Nick Foles will be the starter for the Eagles who struggled in the last regular season game.
Where: Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, which last hosted a playoff game when the Nick Foles-led Eagles fell to the Saints on wild-card weekend 2013. If they can get a big play early, they can get the crowd going, get a lead, and cause an overconfident road team to spiral out.
Oddsmakers weren't impressed. Of course, players and coaches shrugged off the disrespect.
Pederson will be making his playoff debut as the man in charge.
Foles hadn't played meaningful snaps in more than a year, when he was called on to replace Wentz in mid-December. The Patriots must be very happy the way this has played out for them. That game was dominated by the Vikings but a lot has changed for both teams. While this will be the toughest game to date, the guys on the roster are embracing the fact that they are doubted. Ryan will have another chance to get back into the Super Bowl but it would be a harder path this year.
"So we need to be good in the run game and be able to mix in our play-action, take our shots down the field, keep the defense off guard and keep them guessing and that starts with good production on first down", Reich added. They won six playoff games between 1966 and 2011. He ran for 130 yards on 26 carries in a 20-17 Dolphins victory in Atlanta.
"What bothered me is we were 12-2, and we got treated like we were the Browns", Pro Bowl tackle Lane Johnson said. "He is demanding. He's not only demanding on everyone, but he's demanding of himself". They did not end the season strong, and they have some injuries as well.
"This is not the way we think", he said. This is what it's all about. In the end of the regular season, the Falcons locked in the NFC's 6 seed by winning some crucial matchups in the final stretch.
If the Eagles are having trouble moving the ball Saturday night, the Falcons could find themselves in the same position.
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