Atlanta Falcons vs Philadelphia Eagles: Behind enemy lines

Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery plans to make the best of his playoff debut

Perhaps that was because the Eagles, despite a 13-3 regular season record, limped into the playoffs with Foles under center.

The Falcons (11-6) are the first sixth-seeded team to be favoured over a top seed since the National Football League expanded the playoffs to 12 sides in 1990. They're the No. 1 seed in the NFC, after all, and they've had a month to prepare for this game. The Falcons are listed as three-point road favorites against the Carson Wentz-less Philadelphia Eagles with a 41-point total in a Saturday matchup, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

While everyone is concerned about Nick Foles and Philadelphia's offense, their lack of playoff experience on defense is another issue.

And with 9:52 left to play, it looked as though Philadelphia was on its way to clinching its first playoff game since winning the 1960 NFL Championship Game when cornerback Bobby Howard intercepted Falcons quarterback Steve Bartkowski's pass - the fifth turnover of the day for Atlanta. The Falcons had finally won a playoff game.

Jay Ajayi is rested, refreshed and ready.

In the season finale, Foles's passer rating was 9.3 in a shutout loss to the Cowboys In the Week 16 win against Oakland, it was 59.4. In those contests, Philly rushed the ball 42 and 32 times, respectively, and had more than 39 minutes of possession against Los Angeles. To Doug Pederson, it's the only way a hard situation can work.

In a battle of two of the NFL's leading offences, Atlanta's defence stepped up to book their spot in the next round. The win was the Falcons sixth in their past eight games. Falcons' quarterback Matt Ryan, who struggled to escape the ferocious Eagles pass rush all night, escaped just enough to flick the ball to Devonta Freeman in the end zone for Atlanta's only touchdown of the night.

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Long-suffering Philadelphia Eagles fans, who bit the collective bullet throughout the abysmal Chip Kelly era and have not seen their beloved Birds in post-season play since January 4, 2014, against the New Orleans Saints, are now being rewarded for their loyalty and patience. I remember one time against New Orleans.

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It wouldn't be the National Football League playoffs without Saturday night in Foxboro. "I think they are playing very well in the secondary". The Eagles are probably going to rely heavily on their rushing attack to shorten the game.

No big deal. Just put the ball in the hands of a future Hall of Famer. The defensive line is an elite unit that has been great against the run at home this season, allowing just 3.3 yards per carry.

In the three games since Ajayi was inserted into the Eagles offense, the team averaged 196 yards on the ground. But you can bet Drew Brees and Co. will pose a stiff challenge on Sunday.

A mid-season acquisition by the Eagles, the former Miami Dolphins running back lit up the Falcons on October 15.

The offence hasn't skipped a beat, however, since losing two key contributors in September.

Wide receiver Nelson Agholor ran 21 yards on an inside counter on third-and-3 to the Falcons 3.

But how will he respond to the pressures of the post-season?

Ryan finally had some success in 2012 and reached the NFC title game before making it through to the Super Bowl last season.

Inconsistency, losing their offensive co-ordinator and moving home meant Atlanta nearly didn't make it back to the play-offs but for a week 17 win over Carolina.

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