Matt Ryan declines to comment on Tuesday's missed practice

But just because the Falcons come in hot doesn't mean they'll cover a historic three-point spread on the road in the National Football League divisional round.

Prediction: I trust the Falcons a lot more now that they demonstrated the mental toughness to win in the playoffs, despite what happened last February. Neil Monnery weighs in. The Falcons have not run the ball with almost the efficiency they did a year ago on their way to the Super Bowl, but Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman remain a formidable tandem.

They go into Philly as the straight up favourite despite being the six seed.

The Eagles will have a backup quarterback under center, but will there be any other starters (for either team) out on Saturday?

Key Stat: Matt Ryan completed only 23 passes for 233 yards. We went right through like we wanted, and we're fortunate that he's back here today and back into it.

The Line: Analyzing The Lines And Picking NFL Divisional Round Winners
The Steelers are favored by many to win this game but lets not forget that the Jaguars beat the Steelers 30 to 9 on October 8th. The Falcons are unsafe because they're experienced, unlike the Rams or this week's opponents in Philadelphia.

The win had more to do with the two early Special Teams turnovers from the Rams than it did great play from the Falcons.

It's nice to see the team using this as motivation, but the reality is, it will all be forgotten if they don't play motivated Saturday. So it's really just me giving him opportunities to make plays because he will make them. This might be hard as Brandon Graham is still dealing with a high ankle injury that is said to still be keeping him ginger while putting weight on it. Nick Foles hasn't proved much of anything in his starts since the loss of Carson Wentz, except that he can score when the defense sets him up. 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. All he can realistically do is not lose it.

Falcons Running Back Devonta Freeman has been battling a knee injury but, it has not slowed down his speed or explosiveness.

Players were being rested and should be fresh now. Whether the Eagles advance to the NFC Championship Game on January 20 will in large part rest on the arm of the 28-year-old who is under intense scrutiny from demanding Eagles fans. If Wentz were healthy, it would likely be a almost a touchdown favorite here.

Atlanta (10-6) is at Philadelphia (13-3). My trust level in Matt Ryan is tenuous at best, my belief in Nick Foles to produce is even lower. "For the guys who've been to the playoffs and lost, those memories of getting bounced should definitely fuel you". I wouldn't. Atlanta -3 at [2.08] on the Exchange. The over/under for this game is 41.5 points. With Atlanta being forced to throw the ball, play-action wasn't working and the running game fell apart which allowed the Patriots to drop into coverage and keep the Atlanta passing game under control. Doubling up on the Atlanta D/ST and Philadelphia D/ST to score the first Touchdown. Ajayi rushed for 130 yards in a road victory over Atlanta as a member of the Miami Dolphins in October, and the Falcons ranked in the middle of the pack with an opponent yards-per-attempt average of 4.1.

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