It was a given that the Falcons were going to pack the box against the Eagles' offense, and pack it they did. If wins, it will play the NFC championship game on the road at the Saints or Vikings. They mixed it up with backs in the passing game, and with a wide receiver, Nelson Agholor, in the running game.
When Matt Ryans final pass sailed through a leaping Julio Jones hands in the end zone, Philly celebrated its first playoff victory since the 2008 season.
"The whole time, as a defense, we're defending the goal line", said Mills.
It went wrong, though, just like moment after moment went against the Falcons.
Philadelphia running back Jay Ajayi fumbled on the Eagles' first series of the game, and the Falcons proceeded to move 59 yards in 11 plays capped by Matt Bryant's 33-yard field goal. Nothing about it made sense at the time or afterward.
Falcons coach Dan Quinn didn't appear to have a problem with the fourth-down playcall by offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian. Ryan was the 2016 NFL MVP because he made plays like that, but he was not almost as productive in 2017 and was hamstrung by play calling and the Eagles defence on Saturday.
Including that last one. Foles did get lucky as the Eagles got a field goal to make it a 10-9 Falcons lead before half-time thanks to a fortunate deflection.
Whether a sprint-out by Ryan that all but cut the field and opportunities in half was the best choice, will eat the Falcons up for a while. Quinn was asked if he was confident Ryan and Jones could execute the play. With Nick Foles yielding little confidence from gamblers or television analysists as the Eagles new leader, the negative thoughts were "force fed" to players, as head coach Doug Pederson said.
That was the Keanu Neal-Torrey Smith-Alshon Jeffery sequence in the final 22 seconds of the half. It was nearly as if someone handed the play-calling head coach a copy of his own team's roster and he flipped to the page that listed his running backs - Jay Ajayi, LeGarrette Blount and Corey Clement - and had an epiphany. If nothing else, Foles was way off most of the first half.
Things began nicely for Philadelphia when safety Brian Poole was tagged with pass interference on a deep pass by Foles that was held up by the wind.
The Eagles were the first No. 1 seed to be underdogs in the divisional round, and what they perceived as a lack of respect became a rallying cry within the NovaCare Complex during the week. While they kept the ball moving and helped build confidence for Foles, the biggest benefit was on the clock.
It led to a three-and-out.
From there Ryan connected with Devonta Freeman with a deft six-yard touchdown pass. Obviously, the Eagles realize that no matter who they end up playing it's going to be a tough battle, but at least after defeating the Falcons as underdogs, Pederson's squad was able to make a huge statement about belonging in the postseason and there's nothing they would love more than to earn a trip to the Super Bowl with one more win.
They couldn't finish - something too familiar to them over the past year.