And even without quarterback Carson Wentz.
And the road to the Super Bowl remains through Philadelphia. So with precious seconds ticking off the clock in the final stages of Saturday's NFC divisional round game, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan tried to make a statement of his own. "Anything more we can use to motivate us, we'll use". "This is the season", he told his defensive teammates.
After throwing four touchdown passes without an interception in a Week 15 victory over the New York Giants [VIDEO], the Birds' current field general managed one score while being picked off twice in those games vs. On the very next play, Jay Ajayi fumbles the ball and the Falcons recover. "Right here.' I wanted the guys to feel that moment", he said. Could we have done better in the run game down there?
Foles ended up picking up his game in the second half and led the team on two long drives that ended with field goals. "At the end of the day, we're not surprised".
The Philadelphia Eagles showed the doubters were wrong after toppling the Atlanta Falcons, 15-10, in the AFC Divisional Game on Saturday. Foles, on the other hand, was 2-for-3 in the first quarter for 19 yards. "Every week our guys are hearing the same thing, that we're not good enough".
"Nick did a great job, man".
"The finality of it sometimes is hard, so we're disappointed for sure". "We made huge strides".
Neither offense, however, looked playoff-ready through the first two quarters.
But Foles, 28, is also the same guy who once threw seven TDs in a single game, the same guy who in 2013 during in his first tour with the Eagles, became the second-ever QB to post a ideal 158.3 passer rating in a single game.
So, for the rest of the first half, it was a defensive showdown.
As the Rams parted ways with both in 2016, Foles before the preseason began, and Keenum during the offseason, finding them in this position this late in the playoff run is perhaps a sign of how much better they are away from dysfunction and with a brighter future ahead.
Jake Elliott would atone for his miss with a pair of field goals from 37 and 21 yards in the second half.
The Falcons still had a chance to negate it all at the end, even saving themselves by following a Mohamed Sanu catch that was overturned on replay, with a huge fourth-down Jones catch. "I left some plays out there".
Cheers and jeers filled the bar at Barnaby's in Holmes as fans were glued to the dozens of TVs watching the critical final five minutes of game play of the playoff game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Falcons.
"That's the challenge, in probably our case and in the Vikings' case, is coming off these emotional, close victories, and then having to turn around and do it again", Pederson said.