PHILADELPHIA — The sensation of disrespect was inescapable contained in the Philadelphia Eagles’ partitions this week.
Proper deal with Lane Johnson stated his staff was being handled just like the Cleveland Browns regardless of being 13-Three and the No. 1 seed within the NFC playoffs. There have been indicators positioned all around the constructing drilling house that this staff was being undervalued and missed, in line with linebacker Nigel Bradham. Even the staff janitor bought into the act, telling reporters as they walked by means of the corridor resulting in the locker room, “It is us towards the world, child! They’re counting us out!”
It was in all places.
And so cornerback Jalen Mills’ message to his teammates within the tunnel proper earlier than they took the sphere towards the Atlanta Falcons was no shock.
“Disrespect is not going to be tolerated!” he stated.
The protection used that edge to subdue a potent Atlanta assault and muscle the Eagles previous the Falcons, 15-10, and into the NFC Championship sport. It took each final ounce of will, as Matt Ryan engineered a drive late and had the Falcons arrange deep in Eagles territory. His fourth-down move to Julio Jones within the nook of the top zone fell incomplete, although, giving the Eagles their first postseason win because the 2008 season.
Quarterback Nick Foles bought it going within the second half, doing simply sufficient to help an impressed defensive effort.
Philly will host the winner of Sunday’s matchup between the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints.
The Eagles have been the primary high seed in NFL historical past to enter its first playoff sport as an underdog. The opening half confirmed why. Foles was awfully shaky rather than the injured Carson Wentz and the staff fumbled 4 instances, shedding two of them.
Each turnovers led to factors for the Falcons, who entered halftime up 10-9. The one cause it was that shut was as a result of a wayward Foles move caromed off a Falcons participant and landed within the palms of Torrey Smith for a 20-yard achieve, establishing a 53-yard discipline aim from rookie kicker Jake Elliott as time expired.
Foles discovered a rhythm within the second half, although. Going towards a stiff wind, he related on 5 passes of 10-plus yards throughout a third-quarter drive – three to receiver Alshon Jeffery – to arrange a go-ahead discipline aim from Elliott, who added one other within the fourth to make it a five-point sport. The truth that they have been unable to punch the ball in on that fourth quarter drive regardless of making it all the way down to the five-yard line almost price them, however the protection bailed them out.
Working again Jay Ajayi performed an necessary position within the sport. He tied a season excessive with 15 carries for 54 yards, and broke unfastened for a 32-yard achieve on a display move – sprung by a pair of blocks from guard Stefen Wisniewski – on the fourth-quarter scoring drive.
It was an unsightly win, nevertheless it counts simply the identical. The Eagles gamers have been defiant this week, satisfied that that they had sufficient even in Wentz’s absence to get the job achieved. They have been proper – barely.