Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Eagles' Lane Johnson Embraces The Underdog Mentality After Defeating Falcons

Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey here lining up as Nick Foles approaches center made a 15-yard catch to set up Jake Elliott’s 53-yard field goal as time expired in the first half Saturday Eagles' Lane Johnson Embraces The Underdog Mentality After Defeating Falcons
Stacy Diaz | 14 January, 2018, 12:48

They answered the critics the only way possible - with a victory on the field.

Prior to Saturday's 15-10 win over the Atlanta Falcons, the Philadelphia Eagles had not won a postseason game since their divisional round win over the New York Giants in the 2008 NFC Playoffs.

Foles heated up after a poor first half, but the Eagles settled for field goals on those two long drives. "There was a lot of outside noise".

"I ended up on the ground", Jones said.

"Just keep on disrespecting and were going to keep proving people wrong", Jeffery said.

"The biggest thing in our locker room is we believe in one another".

Follow along as we bring you live updates and analysis from the game from kickoff through the final whistle. The Eagles appeared to rush just four men at the snap, but after Coleman and Toilolo telegraphed they weren't going out on routes, their assigned defenders had license to essentially run a delayed blitz.

Entering the game, the Eagles converted just 9 of 41 (21.9 percent) third downs since Carson Wentz was injured.

"He had the whole world against him today, and he knew what was coming, but the way he prepared, especially during the bye week, we saw how serious he was, and he had great resolve".

From there, the Eagles receivers did a great job of getting yards after the catch. We never doubted him.

Freeman's primary concern is that the Falcons learn from Saturday's disappointment to become a Super Bowl contender again next season.

"Certainly in those situations you want to go to your best players", Ryan explained.

"I'm not going to say more passionate, but I would say more Northeast", Quinn said with a smile. "For now, it's just tough".

Falcons head coach Dan Quinn attempted to explain the logic behind the call after the 15-10 loss to Philadelphia.

Foles overcame a slow start to set up a touchdown for Blount from one yard on a fearless fourth down play in the second quarter to give the Eagles a 6-3 lead. "I just feel like I could've executed a lot better today", Ajayi said. This wasn't the play that decided the game, but it was undoubtedly a play that gave the Eagles a chance to win it later. Atlanta, the reigning NFC champion, drove the ball down the field with a mix of runs and passes, finally generating a rhythm against the Eagles' defense. 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. Ryan finished this game 22-of-37 passing for 210 yards and a touchdown pass.

The real problem for the Falcons defense has been trying to stop running back Jay Ajayi, who ran all over them once already earlier this season for 130 yards with the Miami Dolphins.

The Eagles then went 15-10 ahead with another Elliott field goal in the fourth, crucially taking almost eight minutes off the clock with a 14-play, 80-yard drive.

Nick Foles recovered a fumble two plays later and initially had a touchdown, but then a review showed he was down at the 1.