Philadelphia Eagles see off Atlanta Falcons to book NFC Championship game


They needed a stop on fourth down from the 2 in the final minute to beat the Falcons 15-10 and advance to the NFC title game for the first time since the 2008 season.

As the saying goes, defense wins championships and Philly's was more than up to the task on a chilly, windy late January afternoon in a 15-10 victory that sent the Eagles - without superstar quarterback Carson Wentz - to the NFC Championship game.

With an opportunity to potentially be playing in front of their own fans during this year's Super Bowl, the Vikings have been a team on a mission all year to represent the NFC.

As for whether Minnesota has another win left in them after a tough outing against New Orleans, well let's just say Philadelphia's defense better be ready for all the weapons they have on offense. Before the season, the Vikings had the 13th-best odds to win the Super Bowl, while the Eagles had the 20th-best odds.

Campbell also made strides in his second year with the team, but was taking the defeat hard.

Despite not throwing a touchdown or an interception for that matter, Nick Foles had an efficient day throwing the ball after going 23-for-30 with 246 yards. Current coach Doug Pederson understood that and used that play type to get his quarterback comfortable. The Eagles nearly scored when Foles picked up a third-down fumble on a botched play, but he was stopped at the 1-yard line.

It was the first home playoff victory for the Eagles in more than 11 years, with Jeff Garcia the last QB to accomplish that. Foles led the Eagles on a long time consuming 14 play 80-yard drive that led to another Elliot field goal.

Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz deserves a ton of credit for having the Eagles' players prepared for that play the way that they were, and the Eagles' players deserve credit for recognizing it and executing. The Falcons didn't make a rushing attempt despite the fact that Tevin Coleman ran the ball effectively throughout the game, averaging 7.9 yards per carry.

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Jones had nine receptions for 101 yards, and Ryan was 22-of-36 for 210 yards.

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Pederson attributed the decision to target rookie running back Corey Clement with five passes - he caught them all - to just the way the game played out. The Eagles and Vikings have a combined 0-5 record in the Super Bowl and both teams have exceeded most experts' expectations. They were here and loud so we're grateful for that.

Blount's 1-yard touchdown on fourth-and-goal gave the Eagles the lead, but Elliott's extra-point try hit the upright and bounced out.

The Odds: The Vikings are 3.5 point favorites against the Eagles. "One play. Two yards".

"The biggest thing in our locker room is that we believe in one another and that showed", Foles said. "This is a special time of the year with a special group of men, and yeah, we still have one more game this weekend, and we'll see what happens".

Meanwhile, the Eagles suddenly have renewed hope that they can go all the way even without Carson Wentz.