Eagles Hold On Against the Falcons to Reach the N.F.C. Title Game


The Eagles’ Brandon Graham tackling Devonta Freeman of the Falcons. Patrick Smith/Getty Images

PHILADELPHIA — With quarterback Nick Foles engineering several long drives, the rookie Jake Elliott kicking three field goals and the defense getting stingy in the tightest of spots, the Philadelphia Eagles moved into the N.F.C. championship game by beating the Atlanta Falcons, 15-10, on Saturday.

LeGarrette Blount scored the Eagles’ only touchdown of the game, rushing 1 yard on fourth down for a 6-3 lead early in the second quarter. Elliott missed the extra point.

Foles directed brilliant marches of 74 and 80 yards in the second half — one into a whipping wind, the other with it at his back. And Elliott atoned for his miss by converting from 53 yards at the end of the second quarter, then from 37 and 21 yards in the second half.

The Falcons, of course, memorably blew a 28-3 second-half lead to the Patriots in last year’s Super Bowl. They will not have the opportunity to atone for that now, though Ryan got them close at the end.

Near the final minute, the Eagles (14-3) held their lead when Atlanta (11-7) got to the 9-yard line for a first down, and to the 2 on fourth down.

Source: The New York Times