They ran for over 200 yards with Ryan Mathews and Wendell Smallwood shouldering the load while the defense intercepted Matt Ryan once and held Atlanta to 48 yards rushing. "They play with a lot of confidence".
Still, let's give Tennessee tremendous credit for how it rallied in Kansas City. All of this is why the Falcons (10-6) are the first team in National Football League history to be favored over a No. 1 seed in the Divisional round.
Call this recency bias.
Prediction: The Eagles are a different team under Nick Foles. Call it people believing in the Falcons from past year. And while Wentz' backup, Nick Foles, performed fairly well at first, the last time we saw Foles take the field, we were treated to quite a disheartening performance. In fact, it's downright disrespectful. The Eagles have home-field advantage for what should be a frosty game and their defence can slow the Falcons down, but the biggest concern in this entire game is certainly Foles, who hasn't shown many flashes of competence since coming in for Carson Wentz.
Almost 40 years ago, the Atlanta Falcons played in - and won - their first-ever playoff game.
The three-point spread is kind of a shocker. In receiving, Julio Jones posted 1,364 yards and three touchdowns in 83 catches while Sanu added 632 yards and five touchdowns in 60 receptions. For as much optimism as the players and home media want to shroud it with, I tend to agree with Vegas. Ronald Darby will have to cover Jones when he's on his side. Where has this innovative stuff been all year?
He will find it tough throwing to his favourite targets as the Saints cornerbacks should be able to limit their production.
The Falcons also lost to Eagles, 20-6, in the playoffs on January 11, 2002. He's ultra-athletic. He never needs to come off the field. He not only can get the ball downfield, he can do so very well. It's not like he isn't a willing tackler in the run game either. "If Alford remains hot, that could be the difference for the Falcons on the road". "With Trufant likely to cover Alshon Jeffery most of the day, Alford should have a wide range of assignments against the Eagles and could be asked to move into the slot to cover the unsafe Nelson Agholor".
Speaking of the defensive front Grady Jarret has been on a tear and Takarist McKinley is becoming a problem as a rookie defensive end - a problem for offensive lines that is.
Falcons defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel has seen Jones' growth spurt since the last trip to Philadelphia.
Yup, that's it, Nick Foles.
Eagles running backs have a good enough run game to gain yards and also take some pressure off of Foles.
Instead of this getting the team down, the Eagles are using the signs to rally as they prepare to defy this weekend's odds.
TD: Ajayi has become their most explosive runner.
They will need to stop two of the best players in the NFL: Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell, who has rushed for almost 1300 yards and nine touchdowns this season, and wide receiver Antonio Brown, with 1500 yards and nine touchdowns. Ajayi should get most of the carries. "They play 60 minutes, and not 59 minutes - and that was thing that happened to us in 1980".
Falcons Running Back Devonta Freeman has been battling a knee injury but, it has not slowed down his speed or explosiveness. Even from that Philly game on, you saw that maturation process.
SERIES RECORD: 35th all-time meeting and fourth in the postseason.
Foles needs to be kept clean. The Eagles sure hope it isn't the latter for Ronald Darby or Jalen Mills. He's a fine fill-in, but he's no Peters.
"With defenses like this, it's always going through progressions".
Welcome to the angriest place in sports, where they just have to pin up the betting lines to get pissed off. He covered up a lot of the problems the Eagles had that are now a bigger focus.