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Eagles use goal-line stand, Elliott FGs to beat Falcons

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Fly Eagles Fly.

With the wind and against it.

With Nick Foles engineering several long drives, Jake Elliott converting three field goals, and the defense getting stingy in the tightest spot, Philadelphia moved into the NFC championship game with a 15-10 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday.

Foles directed brilliant marches of 74 and 80 yards in the second half - one into the whipping wind, the other with it - and Elliott atoned for missing an extra point by converting from 53 yards at the end of the second quarter, 37 and 21 in the second half. Then the Eagles (14-3) held when Atlanta (11-7) got to the 9-yard line with a first down, and to the 2 on fourth down.

When Matt Ryan's final pass sailed over Julio Jones' head in the end zone , Philly could celebrate its first playoff victory since the 2008 season.

Next Sunday, the Eagles will host either Minnesota or New Orleans for the conference crown. The Eagles last made the Super Bowl in the 2004 season, losing to New England.

''I mean, we just kept believing in each other,'' said Foles, who became the starter when Carson Wentz, a leading MVP contender, injured his knee in December. ''That was it. Our team never wavered, defense did an amazing job, special teams - that's just been the story this year is that we just all stuck together...''

The Falcons, of course, memorably blew a 28-3 second-half lead to the Patriots in last year's Super Bowl. They will not get the opportunity to atone for it, though Ryan got them close at the end.

Despite being underdogs as the No. 1 seed, the Eagles showed plenty of moxie.

''Just keep on disrespecting and we're going to keep proving people wrong,'' receiver Alshon Jeffery said.

A masterful 74-yard, 12-play drive on which Foles threw for 70 yards led to Elliott's 37-yard kick into the wind that made it 12-10. The Eagles then put together their best drive, an 80-yarder covering 14 plays, yet again faltered close to the end zone. Elliott added a 21-yarder with 6:02 remaining after coach Doug Pederson briefly considered going for it on fourth-and-1 at the Atlanta 3.

''It was tricky out there, really gusty,'' Elliott said.

Then, as the fans in the Linc held their breath, the Eagles held deep in their territory.

''Man, just stay calm,'' said defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, who was a force all day. ''We always talk about that. We've been in those situations during the regular season, so we kind of know how to handle those situations, not try to make a play but let the play come to us.''

And the road to the Super Bowl remains through Philly.

WINDY DECISIONS

Falcons coach Dan Quinn could have opted to take the wind in the fourth quarter after deferring on the opening coin toss. Instead, he took the ball to start the second half, but it was the Eagles who got the only points of the third period.

And in the end, Atlanta had to deal with the currents on that final drive, which did include a 20-yard completion to Jones on fourth-and-6.

''It was a tough game for us tonight,'' Quinn said, ''and as we go through, we will go back and assess everything we have done.''

ERROR-FILLED HALF

Mistakes hurt the Eagles in the opening half. Jay Ajayi's fumble and a misplayed punt that bounced off Bryan Braman led to all 10 Atlanta points.

Things began nicely for Philadelphia when safety Brian Poole was tagged with pass interference on a deep pass by Foles that was held up by the wind. But Ajayi fumbled on the next play with Keanu Neal recovering.

Atlanta efficiently mixed runs and passes to drive to Matt Bryant's 33-yard field goal for an early lead.

Philadelphia got the run game going with Ajayi in the opening period. Then, with the wind in the next quarter, the Eagles kept the Falcons so off-balance Atlanta took two timeouts in three plays.

Receiver Nelson Agholor's 21-yard run got the ball to the 3, and Foles botched a handoff to Corey Clement. But the quarterback quickly dived on the loose ball and was ruled to have scored. Replay showed otherwise.

Pederson showed no hesitation going for it, and Blount surged in from the 1. Elliott's missed extra point left it 6-3.

Soon after came Matt Bosher's punt that took a wicked bounce and hit Braman while he was blocking. From the Philly 18, the Falcons benefited from two penalties before Ryan scrambled from pressure and found Devonta Freeman for a 6-yard TD and a 10-3 lead.

With 46 seconds left in the half, the hosts got lucky. Foles' errant pass ricocheted off Neal's hands to Torrey Smith for 20 yards. Jeffery made a long stretch to haul in another throw with 1 second remaining, and Elliott's 53-yard field goal just made it over the crossbar.

''It was great for momentum,'' Foles said. ''Jake did an awesome job of kicking that for us.''

QB NUMBERS

Foles finished a very efficient outing by going 23 of 30 for 246 yards.

Ryan was 22 of 36 for 210 yards on a difficult day to throw. Jones had nine receptions for 101 yards.

UP NEXT

Philadelphia will host either Minnesota or New Orleans next Sunday night for the NFC title.

Atlanta's season ends after a wild-card berth and a win at Los Angeles before Saturday's defeat.

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Key Players
M. Ryan 2 QB
210 PaYds, PaTD
14
FPTS
J. Ajayi 36 RB
54 RuYds, 44 ReYds, 3 RECs
7
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 6:02
J.Elliott 21 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-R.Lovato, Holder-D.Jones.
14
plays
80
yds
7:57
pos
10
15
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:11
J.Elliott 37 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-R.Lovato, Holder-D.Jones.
12
plays
74
yds
5:42
pos
10
12
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:00
J.Elliott 53 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-R.Lovato, Holder-D.Jones.
5
plays
37
yds
0:46
pos
10
9
Point After TD 5:41
M.Bryant extra point is GOOD, Center-J.Harris, Holder-M.Bosher.
plays
yds
pos
10
6
Touchdown 5:41
M.Ryan pass short left to D.Freeman for 6 yards, TOUCHDOWN [F.Cox].
4
plays
18
yds
1:50
pos
9
6
Missed Point After Touchdown 10:28
J.Elliott extra point is No Good, Hit Left Upright, Center-R.Lovato, Holder-D.Jones.
plays
yds
pos
3
6
Touchdown 10:28
L.Blount right end for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN.
14
plays
86
yds
6:44
pos
3
6
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 9:04
M.Bryant 33 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.Harris, Holder-M.Bosher.
11
plays
59
yds
5:32
pos
3
0
Team Stats
Time of Pos 27:54 32:06
1st Downs 19 22
Rushing 6 8
Passing 11 12
Penalty 2 2
3rd Down Conv 4-13 6-13
4th Down Conv 1-2 1-1
Total Net Yards 281 334
Total Plays 59 63
Avg Gain 4.8 5.3
Net Yards Rushing 86 96
Rush Attempts 20 32
Avg Rush Yards 4.3 3.0
Net Yards Passing 195 238
Comp. - Att. 22-36 23-30
Yards Per Pass 5.4 7.9
Sacked - Yards Lost 3-15 1-8
Penalties - Yards 4-73 4-24
Touchdowns 1 1
Rushing TDs 0 1
Passing TDs 1 0
Other 0 0
Turnovers 0 2
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 4-2
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 6-33.8 3-41.0
Return Yards 31 48
Punts - Returns 0-0 1-0
Kickoffs - Returns 2-31 2-48
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking 2/2 3/4
Extra Points 1/1 0/1
Field Goals 1/1 3/3
Red Zone Eff. 1-3 -33% 1-3 -33%
Goal to Go Eff. 1-2 -50% 1-1 -100%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Falcons 11-7 370010
Eagles 14-3 093315
195 PASS YDS 238
86 RUSH YDS 96
281 TOTAL YDS 334
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
M. Ryan 2 QB
14
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.1% 210 1 0 86.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64.4% 4305 21 12 91.1
M. Ryan 22/36 210 1 0 14
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
T. Coleman 26 RB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 79 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
166 707 5
T. Coleman 10 79 0 23 8
D. Freeman 24 RB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
206 872 7
D. Freeman 10 7 0 3 8
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
J. Jones 11 WR
10
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
16 9 101 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 97 1545 3
J. Jones 16 9 101 0 21 10
M. Sanu 12 WR
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 50 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 70 753 5
M. Sanu 5 3 50 0 24 5
D. Freeman 24 RB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 5 26 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 41 343 2
D. Freeman 5 5 26 1 13 8
T. Coleman 26 RB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 14 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 28 313 3
T. Coleman 1 1 14 0 14 8
L. Toilolo 80 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 12 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 13 134 1
L. Toilolo 2 1 12 0 12 1
T. Gabriel 18 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 4 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 35 382 1
T. Gabriel 3 2 4 0 7 0
A. Hooper 81 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 3 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 50 529 3
A. Hooper 1 1 3 0 3 0
J. Hardy 14 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 20 221 3
J. Hardy 1 0 0 0 0 0
N. Williams 15 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 30 0
N. Williams 1 0 0 0 0 0
T. Ward 28 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 14 0
T. Ward 1 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
R. Alford 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
67-9 1 0.0
R. Alford 7-1 0.0 0 0
D. Campbell 59 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
67-31 0 2.0
D. Campbell 6-0 0.0 0 0
K. Neal 22 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
88-34 1 0.0
K. Neal 5-1 0.0 0 0
R. Allen 37 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
42-16 1 0.0
R. Allen 4-0 0.0 0 1
D. Trufant 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
40-5 2 1.0
D. Trufant 4-0 0.0 0 0
V. Beasley 44 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
26-6 0 5.0
V. Beasley 3-0 0.0 0 0
K. Ishmael 36 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-15 0 1.0
K. Ishmael 3-1 0.0 0 0
B. Reed 50 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
26-18 0 4.0
B. Reed 3-0 0.0 0 0
D. Jones 45 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
93-48 3 1.0
D. Jones 2-1 0.0 0 0
G. Jarrett 97 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
36-21 0 4.0
G. Jarrett 2-0 0.0 0 0
B. Poole 34 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
51-15 0 1.0
B. Poole 2-1 0.0 0 0
A. Rubin 79 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-8 0 0.0
A. Rubin 2-0 0.0 0 0
D. Poe 92 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
25-16 0 2.0
D. Poe 2-0 0.0 0 0
T. McKinley 98 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-5 0 7.0
T. McKinley 2-0 1.0 0 0
D. Shelby 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-14 0 1.0
D. Shelby 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Riley 42 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-15 0 0.0
D. Riley 1-0 0.0 0 0
A. Clayborn 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-4 0 9.0
A. Clayborn 1-0 0.0 0 0
L. Reynolds 53 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
L. Reynolds 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Bryant 3 K
4
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 1/1
SEASON FG XP
35/40 36/36
M. Bryant 1/1 33 1/1 4
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. Bosher 5 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 33.8 4
SEASON NO AVG IN20
59 43.8 23
M. Bosher 6 33.8 4 40
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Roberts 19 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 15.5 23 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
40 22.3 61 0
A. Roberts 2 15.5 23 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
N. Foles 9 QB
9
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
76.7% 246 0 0 100.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.1% 783 5 2 84.2
N. Foles 23/30 246 0 0 9
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
J. Ajayi 36 RB
7
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
15 54 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
223 927 1
J. Ajayi 15 54 0 11 7
N. Agholor 13 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 20 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 27 0
N. Agholor 2 20 0 21 4
L. Blount 29 RB
7
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 19 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
182 785 3
L. Blount 9 19 1 8 7
C. Clement 30 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
75 326 4
C. Clement 1 5 0 5 3
N. Foles 9 QB
9
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 -2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
16 1 0
N. Foles 5 -2 0 1 9
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
A. Jeffery 17 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 4 61 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 61 850 9
A. Jeffery 5 4 61 0 21 6
J. Ajayi 36 RB
7
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 44 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 27 202 1
J. Ajayi 5 3 44 0 32 7
T. Smith 82 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 3 39 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 39 469 2
T. Smith 4 3 39 0 20 3
Z. Ertz 86 TE
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 32 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 77 856 8
Z. Ertz 5 3 32 0 11 3
C. Clement 30 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 5 31 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 15 154 2
C. Clement 5 5 31 0 11 3
N. Agholor 13 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 3 24 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 65 792 8
N. Agholor 3 3 24 0 10 4
M. Hollins 10 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 9 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 17 235 1
M. Hollins 1 1 9 0 9 0
B. Celek 87 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 6 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 14 136 1
B. Celek 1 1 6 0 6 0
T. Burton 88 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 23 248 5
T. Burton 1 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
R. Darby 41 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
37-4 3 0.0
R. Darby 7-0 0.0 0 0
R. McLeod 23 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
46-15 3 1.0
R. McLeod 7-0 1.0 0 0
M. Jenkins 27 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
69-15 2 1.0
M. Jenkins 6-2 0.0 0 0
F. Cox 91 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
20-13 0 6.0
F. Cox 5-2 1.0 0 0
M. Kendricks 95 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
59-22 0 2.0
M. Kendricks 4-0 0.0 0 0
N. Bradham 53 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
64-28 0 2.0
N. Bradham 3-1 1.0 0 0
V. Curry 75 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
27-18 0 3.0
V. Curry 2-1 0.0 0 0
C. Graham 24 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
36-4 2 0.0
C. Graham 2-0 0.0 0 0
B. Graham 55 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
35-14 0 9.0
B. Graham 2-0 0.0 0 0
D. Ellerbe 57 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-2 0 0.0
D. Ellerbe 2-0 0.0 0 0
S. Wisniewski 61 G
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
S. Wisniewski 1-0 0.0 0 0
K. Barner 38 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
K. Barner 1-0 0.0 0 0
N. Goode 52 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-4 0 0.0
N. Goode 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Mills 31 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
52-13 3 0.0
J. Mills 1-0 0.0 0 0
T. Jernigan 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-14 0 2.0
T. Jernigan 0-1 0.0 0 0
C. Long 56 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
20-9 0 5.0
C. Long 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
J. Elliott 4 K
9
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
3/3 0/1
SEASON FG XP
29/34 39/43
J. Elliott 3/3 53 0/1 9
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
D. Jones 8 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 41.0 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
70 45.1 23
D. Jones 3 41.0 2 54
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
K. Barner 38 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 26.0 26 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
11 20.0 27 0
K. Barner 1 26.0 26 0
C. Clement 30 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 22.0 22 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 23.7 35 0
C. Clement 1 22.0 22 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
B. Braman 42 LB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
B. Braman 1 0.0 0 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:36 ATL 26 5:32 11 59 FG
5:09 ATL 12 2:57 5 38 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:28 ATL 25 2:57 5 27 Punt
7:31 PHI 18 1:50 4 18 TD
2:08 ATL 20 1:22 5 30 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 ATL 20 1:45 3 4 Punt
11:08 ATL 12 5:15 10 42 Punt
0:11 ATL 40 1:12 3 3 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
6:02 ATL 24 5:04 14 74 Downs
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 PHI 25 0:24 1 48 Fumble
9:04 PHI 25 3:55 7 34 Punt
2:12 PHI 14 6:44 14 86 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
5:41 PHI 30 3:33 6 16 Punt
0:46 PHI 28 0:46 5 37 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:15 PHI 40 2:07 3 8 Punt
5:53 PHI 7 5:42 12 74 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:59 PHI 17 7:57 14 80 FG
0:58 PHI 2 0:58 4 7 Game