Eagles that are key to a victory against the Falcons

The Eagles (13-3) are the first No. 1 seed to be an underdog in their opening playoff game. But can you trust Nick Foles to lead Philadelphia to victory?

The disrespect is real, and the Birds have had enough of it.

"This is not the way we think", he said. "It comes down to us versus them".

"They are fast. You saw it the other day against the Rams".

"I'm done talking about it".

Despite their denials to the contrary, the Birds are motivated by the apparent disrespect. We're trying not to get out of character. "We're all we got, we're all we need". They are fast. They are flying to the football.

Foles struggled against the Oakland Raiders in week 16, completing just 50 percent of passes and threw one interception. But to understand how little ball movement the Eagles generated under Foles, an instructive statistic is his adjusted yards per attempt, which accounts for the effect of interceptions. The Falcons inability to find Julio Jones in the endzone has hampered them all season.

"My message to Nick is: Listen, we have a great opportunity". Just go be Nick. "They're playing very well in the secondary, and it's going to be a good challenge for us on Saturday". Back's against the wall.

Bing Predicts didn't see that one coming. If Georgia can take something positive from this loss, it is that they will be a contender for years to come. The Eagles love to run him on outside zone plays, especially to the left side.

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It's not like the former Arizona star doesn't have playoff experience.

And now, Philadelphia's status as a surefire Super Bowl contender is at the mercy of an unreliable quarterback who has started only three games this season.

"I'm used to it now", Ryan said about returning home. "Do the things that got us to where we are today, and that's kind of been my mindset the last couple of weeks".

If I'm right, of course, it would mean the Vikings - if they win Sunday - would be on the road for the NFC title game and quite likely would be favored. It's as simple as that.

In a do-or-die game, Eagles player's are confident as ever heading into Saturday.

If you would like to receive an email each time a new Atlanta Falcons article is published, fill out our email notification form. RB Jay Ajayi had 873 yards rushing and one TD combined with Dolphins and Eagles. Fournette dominated in the last meeting with 28 carries for 181 yards and two touchdowns.

The Falcons were six-point underdogs at the Rams, and suddenly after one win over a jittery team, they're three-point favorites at Philadelphia? "We know we're going to have to go there and fight". "It's been that way all year", Ajayi said. Alabama's roster on defense is full of NFL-ready players. That's not going to change. He is regaining his old dynamic form, making plays with his feet and has been deadly with play action passes.

Saturday: Falcons vs. Eagles at 4:35 p.m. EST (also on NBC) and Titans-Patriots at 8:15 p.m.

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