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Philadelphia Eagles beat Atlanta Falcons in first playoff appearance since 2013

14 January 2018

Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers have had a soap opera-like season, but they are 4-0-1 ATS in their last five games at this stage of the playoffs. They finished the 2017 season third in Team Rushing with 2115 yards.

The Eagles are going to need a collective effort to take out the Falcons in the Divisional round of the playoffs.

Why have they turned into the Rodney Dangerfield of the NFL, the first time in league history that the No. 1 seed has been an underdog at home in the divisional round of the playoffs?

Since the Eagles lost Carson Wentz to an ACL tear, their odds of winning have gone down. Nick Foles makes his fourth start.

Loading the box and shutting down the run and playing man across the board forcing Foles and his receivers to make plays to beat you is what the Falcons nearly certainly will do for the start of Saturday's game.

Jones was a limited participant in practice both Wednesday and Thursday and was listed as questionable for the game. Instead they are getting a Field Goal on the spread.

The Eagles got through a sloppy first half on the back of Jay Ajayi, the running back they acquired from Miami this season in one of those missing-puzzle-piece deals everyone thought was the one that might get Philly to the Super Bowl.

Early in the second quarter, wide receiver Nelson Agholor showed his ball carrier skills and picked up 21 yards on an end-around to set the Eagles up for first-and-goal. They let the Eagles and Foles convert several big third downs and were outplayed in the trenches. No, Jones did not have a stellar season.

The X-Factor will be the atmosphere in the Linc. Temperatures will start just above the freezing mark at the start, dropping below freezing near half time.

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The Eagles are 7-1 at home this year.

"So I think you have to look at it that way". It was the template of what the Eagles needed to do to win.

And the flip side? Then again, dome teams playing on the road, were, you know, playing on the road, where it's hard to play regardless of the temperature. Then the Eagles turned the ball over on a punt when the Falcons' Matt Bosher hit a short, high kick toward Kenjon Barner. Yes, it kills me to do this.

Not only is he the team's most complete back. Nothing has been the same since. The Eagles deploy their own back up left tackle, Halapoulivaati Vaitai, who has seen his share of struggles this season. So with all that said, the Eagles best bet is to rely on something they know works and something they have great depth at. I'm sure the Eagles have a conservative gameplan ready for Foles, and Falcons coach Dan Quinn will make sure he's uncomfortable in the pocket. And that's part of the unease going into this playoff week. He played in the season finale, but had to leave with leg cramps. Not a bad year. The closer it becomes to game time, the more layers that you will need on if you are tailgating outside, falling quickly through the 40s and 30s.

Eagles 30, Redskins 17.

Heavy's Pick: Falcons 27 Eagles 16.

Eagles 28, Panthers 23.

The Eagles frankly were lucky to only be trailing 10-9 at halftime.

Philadelphia Eagles beat Atlanta Falcons in first playoff appearance since 2013