The Philadelphia Eagles were the best team in the regular season against the run.
Nick Foles left the field in the fourth quarter after leading the Eagles to a game-securing field goal drive with the lead.
Another large effect of this game, were Atlanta to win, would be advancing to the NFC Championship game in successive years. "We'll just see about Saturday". "The defense did an wonderful job". For our team to battle against a fine football team, a team that was obviously at this time of year was playing extremely well, a hot football team. If Foles can take care of the ball and make some big plays on the third down, the Eagles can still go a long way. Smith wrapped up the catch and ran forward to midfield for an Eagles first down. The Eagles, who are 5-2 ATS in their last seven home games, probably need to build a lead through running back Jay Ajayi and their ground game, rather than rely on backup quarterback Nick Foles.
Elliott's 53-yard field goal with one second remaining in the second quarter trimmed the Philadelphia deficit to one point, and he would cap two second half drives with field goals from 37 and 21 yards out to produce what would ultimately be the final score.
During that drive, something odd happened. Everyone's good this time of year, I don't really care. So close to a Super Bowl victory previous year, the devastating loss appears to have had a carryover effect for Atlanta, as they've underachieved all season. Hope was on the side of the Birds.
The story is much different in the night game Saturday.
The run game started working. The Eagles would get a defensive pass interference call in their favor, putting the ball in Falcons territory.
Then, midway through the second quarter, the Falcons took advantage of another Eagles mistake when linebacker LaRoy Reynolds recovered a muffed punt return on the Eagles 18-yard line. The Eagles are in the top five for 3rd down defense, takeaways, and turnover differential. Atlanta played at Lincoln Financial Field last season and lost.
The Eagles held the Falcons to 281 yards, more than 80 below their season average, and 12 points below their season scoring average. Julio Jones was Julio Jones for Atlanta, catching nine passes for 101 yards. That decisive 21-yard kick capped an 80-yard, 14 play drive that took almost eight minutes off the clock. Ronald Darby. Each had key plays when the team needed them to. In this case, though, those who come up with the betting lines clearly watched the same excruciating games we fans did, where Foles' play inspired zero confidence. Let's do it again next week, Philly. What an fantastic and unpredictable win.