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The underdog Philadelphia Eagles are heading to the NFC championship game following a 15-10 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday. They’ll host the Saints-Vikings winner next Sunday.

Despite going 13-3 to earn the No. 1 seed, the Eagles entered the game as 3-point underdogs against the sixth-seeded Falcons (11-7). They used it as motivation and now it’s onto the next one as they continue pursuit of the franchise’s first Super Bowl title.

”If we believe the outsiders, we will be all messed up,” Pro Bowl defensive tackle Fletcher Cox said. ”We went out and proved we can be the real winning team.”

Matt Ryan’s final pass sailed through Julio Jones’ arms in the corner of the end zone as Jalen Mills had tight coverage on fourth down from the 2 to secure Philadelphia’s win. It was another disappointing finish for the Falcons, who blew a 25-point lead against the Patriots in last year’s Super Bowl.

”The reason I play this game is to win a championship,” Ryan said. ”That’s why we put all of the hard work we put in. When you don’t get that result, it’s difficult.”

Foles outplayed Ryan, bouncing back from a pair of subpar games with an efficient performance. He completed 77 percent of his passes (23 of 30) for 246 yards, no touchdowns and no turnovers.

”The biggest thing in our locker room is that we believe in one another and that showed,” Foles said. ”We kept working, kept grinding Austin Corbett Browns Jersey , had faith in one another. In any sport there’s going to be criticism. You’re aware of it because you’re human but we blocked it out.”

Here’s some things we learned following Philadelphia’s first playoff win in nine years:

OVERCOMING TURNOVERS: The Eagles committed the only two turnovers and won anyway. Jay Ajayi fumbled on the second play from scrimmage inside Falcons territory and a short punt bounced off an Eagles player setting up Atlanta’s 18-yard touchdown drive.

INCONSISTENT OFFENSE: These weren’t the Falcons who lit up the scoreboard on their way to winning the NFC championship last year. Under first-year offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, the Falcons weren’t quite as sharp throughout the season and their inconsistency showed up at the wrong time. They were shut out in the second half and held to just 118 yards in the final two quarters.

”I think that’s something we have to look at and evaluate this offseason,” Ryan said. ”There were too many times we were a little bit inconsistent.”

JAY TRAIN: Ajayi shook off the fumble and ran well until he inexplicably went to the bench for a long stretch. Ajayi had 50 yards rushing on eight carries through Philadelphia’s first drive of the second quarter, but didn’t get the ball again until the second half. He finished with 54 yards on 15 carries and also dropped a third down pass. He did have 44 yards receiving on three catches.

”I feel like I played poorly,” Ajayi said. ”The fumble, can’t do that in a big game. I feel like I could have executed a lot better. A lot of the teammates picked up the slack. The defense played lights out.”

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. It was the first time he called that play this season.

”It’s a play we’ve had in our arsenal, but never got to it,” Pederson said. ”This was just an opportunity to put it in Nelson’s hands with Lane Johnson as a puller and just executed extremely well.”

JAKE’S LEG: Elliott, who joined the Eagles after Caleb Sturgis was injured in Week 1, bounced back after missing his fourth extra point of the season by connecting on all three of his field goals. His 53-yarder at the end of the first half was his sixth in seven tries from beyond 50. That includes a game-winning 61-yarder against the Giants in Week 3.

”It was definitely tricky out there, just really gusty (wind) Youth Josey Jewell Jersey ,” Elliott said. ”You don’t know what it’s really going to do out there so you just have to hit the best ball you can and take care of what you can control.”

AP Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner contributed.

AP NFL website: >Even as the New England Patriots won a 10th game for the 15th consecutive season to move closer to yet another AFC East title and a No. 1 seed for the playoffs, a late hit to an opponent’s head by Rob Gronkowski and a sideline spat involving Tom Brady made things interesting for the defending Super Bowl champs.Not that anyone on the Patriots was willing to say anything revelatory about either episode. Nothing new there, either.Still, as much as coach Bill Belichick will want to ignore it all and move on to the next game, there are some key talking points about the Patriots for the coming days that have zero to do with what the scoreboard said at the end of Sunday’s 23-3 victory over the Buffalo Bills.There was Gronkowski, driving his shoulder into the back of the helmet of cornerback Tre’Davious White, who already was down on the sideline after an interception.“That’s just dirty football,” Bills safety Micah Hyde said. “There’s nowhere in our game for that.”Hard to argue.The play was done. White was face-down on the ground, the very definition of defenseless. And Gronkowski went right at his head.Gronkowski wasn’t ejected 鈥?even former head of NFL officiating Dean Blandino said he was surprised by that 鈥?and now could face a suspension and/or fine from the league.The Brady episode was not punishment-worthy, but it was the sort of thing that would generate a full week of chatter and speculation in other NFL cities: After a third-down incompletion during a zero-TD first half, the QB barked at offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels Logan Woodside Jersey Bengals , then ripped off his helmet and cursed.“It’s just football. We’ve been around each other a lot,” Brady said through a hide-everything-at-all-costs smile. “I love Josh.”In case you missed it, here are the other top topics after the NFL season’s 13th Sunday:THROW THE FLAGNothing is going right for Andy Reid’s Kansas City Chiefs, who have completely come undone after a 5-0 start, losing six of their past seven games to drop into a three-way tie atop the AFC West at 6-6 with the Los Angeles Chargers and Oakland Raiders. And during their 38-31 loss at the New York Jets, the Chiefs really looked like a team without discipline or direction, undone by so many penalties down the stretch that cornerback Marcus Peters flipped out and flipped a yellow flag into the stands after one whistle.PLAYOFF PICTUREWith only four weeks left to go, not a single postseason berth has been clinched. MVP contender Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles had a chance to secure the NFC East title with a victory Sunday night, but they lost 24-10 to the Seattle Seahawks, who got three TD passes from Russell Wilson. That means the Eagles and Minnesota Vikings 鈥?who won again with Case Keenum at the controls, 14-9 over Atlanta 鈥?are tied atop the conference at 10-2. The New Orleans Saints nosed ahead in the NFC South at 9-3 Eagles Richard Rodgers Jersey , breaking a first-place tie with Carolina by topping the Panthers 31-21. And over in the AFC, in addition to the logjammed West, the South could go down to Week 17: That’s when the Titans and Jaguars play each other. For now, they are tied for first with 8-4 marks after Tennessee beat the Houston Texans 24-13, and the Jacksonville easily defeated the Indianapolis Colts 30-10.NO ELIWhat an unusual sight: Eli Manning on the sideline while the New York Giants have the football. Yet there was Manning wearing an earpiece and without a helmet as Geno Smith took the opening snap and quarterbacked the Giants during their 24-17 loss at Oakland. It ended a 210-game starting streak for two-time Super Bowl MVP Manning that began in November 2004. Manning said afterward that he does plan to continue playing 鈥?somewhere 鈥?next season. Still lingering: Questions about coach Ben McAdoo’s job security. “I’m going to coach this team as long as my key card works,” McAdoo said.STAT OF THE DAYChargers WR Keenan Allen became the first player in NFL history with at least 10 catches, 100 yards and one TD in each of three consecutive games..

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