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How Foles Dealt With Week of Doubters

Foles dealt with week of doubters

Jones hopes to have continued success against an Eagles defense that excels against the run but could be vulnerable to a big day from Matt Ryan.

The bigger concern, though, is the outside with receivers Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu. Even the team janitor got into the act, telling reporters as they walked through the hall leading to the locker room, "It's us against the world, baby!"

Neither side found the end zone in the third quarter, but Elliott once again nailed a kick, this time from 37 yards, to give the Eagles their first lead of the game. Jake Elliott hit the left upright on the extra point. Their response was rather surprising. The talent is all there for Atlanta.

But it's been a little over a month now, and the Eagles have gotten used to the new normal.

In the home shutout loss to the Cowboys, Foles was 4 of 11 for 39 yards and an interception.

INCONSISTENT OFFENSE: These weren't the Falcons who lit up the scoreboard on their way to winning the NFC championship last year. Additionally, they are 5-1 at home in the postseason since the 2008 season, the second-best record in the NFL in that time (min. five games).

CALL OF THE GAME: Eagles coach Doug Pederson ran an inside counter to wide receiver Nelson Agholor that went for 21 yards to the Falcons 3 on third-and-3 on Philadelphia's touchdown drive. That means a heavy dose of Jay Ajayi and LeGarrette Blount in the running game. Foles has a Pro Bowl on his CV, and he impressed in his first start in place of Wentz. Considering that the Rams were averaging close to 30 points per game during the regular season, this is a pretty impressive feat. "It's about giving yourself the opportunity this time of the year to compete and play in games like this, and to win games like this".

Right tackle Lane Johnson said his team was being treated like the Cleveland Browns despite being 13-3 and the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs.

The skinny: Tennessee pulled off the upset of the wild-card round, defeating Kansas City in Arrowhead Stadium. "And the sooner we get over that and get onto the next order of business, the better we're going to be become". So with all that said, the Eagles best bet is to rely on something they know works and something they have great depth at. It didn't take long for Ryan to begin carving up the Eagles' defense. Ronald Darby. Each had key plays when the team needed them to.

For the Eagles, it all comes down to the play of Nick Foles. "You saw it against the Rams". The Eagles will host the championship game at Lincoln Financial Field next Sunday against the winner of the New Orleans Saints-Minnesota Vikings divisional game on Sunday. For those with a television subscription, the game can be watched on the NBC broadcast network.

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