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Patriots, Eagles in National Football League championship games

15 January 2018, 12:21 | Nina Perez

Patriots, Eagles in National Football League championship games

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

Foles directed brilliant marches of 74 and 80 yards in the second half - one into the whipping wind, the other with it - and Elliott atoned for missing an extra point by converting from 53 yards at the end of the second quarter, and from 37 and 21 yards in the second half. Ryan's pass to Jones on fourth-and-goal was incomplete, and the Philadelphia Eagles held on to win 15-10 to advance to the NFC Championship.

They'll meet the victor between the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints.

"We probably had three guys calling out the play on that one just based on our preparation, our study", safety Malcolm Jenkins said, according to NFL Network's James Palmer. "That was it. Our team never wavered, defense did an unbelievable job, special teams - that's just been the story this year is that we just all stuck together". They will not get the opportunity to atone for it.

When Foles was in a rhythm, the Eagles had a balanced attack.

"We went out there to prove something", cornerback Ronald Darby said. Foles directed a 14-play, 86-yard drive.

The 2018 National Football League playoffs continue Saturday afternoon with the divisional round and two more postseason games.

"Thats kind of insane to me", Pederson said.

Then, as the Philadelphia fans held their breath, the Eagles held on deep in their territory.

"If we believe the outsiders, we will be all messed up", Pro Bowl defensive tackle Fletcher Cox said. "It's something we can always use". "Regardless of whatever the situation may be, we're defending the goal line and that's what we did".

And the road to the Super Bowl remains through Philly.

The game was coming down to this last drive by the Falcons, starting at their own 24-yard line the Falcons began their drive to try to take the lead late in the game.

To reach that point, the Saints must get past the Vikings.

And in the end, Atlanta had to deal with the currents on that final drive, which did include a 20-yard completion to Jones on fourth-and-6. After a final goal-line stand that probably left the Eagles panting in anxiety, a relieved Long and Johnson donned their masks as Philadelphia advanced to the NFC Championship Game.

Mistakes hurt the Eagles in the opening half. On the very next play, Jay Ajayi fumbles the ball and the Falcons recover. He engineered an 11-play, 59-yard drive that concluded with a Matt Bryant 33-yard field goal. "Just find a way, whether it's pressure on the quarterback or stop the run or whatever was going to happen, just find a way to get it done".

Yes, Ryan and the Falcons picked up four first downs on their final possession, but Graham's two plays plugged the dam and were very almost enough to get off the field long before Jones came just short of scoring a go-ahead touchdown with 1:05 remaining.

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