At times, Foles was ugly, too.
With Nick Foles engineering several long drives, Jake Elliott converting three field goals, and the defense getting stingy in the tightest spot, Philadelphia moved into the NFC championship game with a 15-10 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday. He ran for 130 yards against Atlanta in Miami's victory on October 15.
If Philadelphia plans to win this game, the front seven will need to stop the run and keep Matt Ryan under pressure.
Atlanta defensive tackle Jack Crawford, a St. Augustine Prep graduate, owns a home in the Seaview Harbor section of Egg Harbor Township.More news: Rex Burkhead, Mike Gillislee Not Expected To Play For Patriots Vs. Titans
In other words, Foles wasn't Carson Wentz. 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.
"I think we just kept working, we kept grinding, and it really goes back to believing and having faith in one another that we can get this done", Foles said. The production drop-off that ensued wasn't all that shocking, and through a quarter on Saturday, it was predictable and borderline frustrating to watch.
Numerous faces will be the same for the Rams next season, including that of their 31-year-old head coach Sean McVay, but with more time and tape to study on the young offensive-minded coach, teams will only develop similar strategies on how to stop him.
The Philadelphia Eagles are not exactly getting the respect the number one seed in the National Football League playoffs usually gets. "We didn't get the job done, but 100 out of 100 we're gonna put the ball in those two guys' hands to try to win".
Then the Eagles found a rhythm on their third series. The numbers don't show it, but the tape does. They stuck with the run despite not enjoying that much success in the first half (53 yards on 16 rushes, with the TD).More news: Seattle Seahawks reportedly hire Brian Schottenheimer as OC
RPOs aren't anyone's comfort zone and Foles wasn't anywhere near excellent, but Philadelphia succeeded in putting the quarterback in short down-and-distance situations.
Ryan says he has become more comfortable with Sarkisian, especially the last two weeks with victories over Carolina and the Rams. (AP Photo/Michael Perez) In this December 31, 2017, file photo, Philadelphia Eagles' Nick Foles (9) throws a pass over Dallas Cowboys' DeMarcus Lawrence (90) during the first half of an NFL football game in Philadelphia. It is also necessary for the quarterback to be willing to throw to Jeffery even when there is a defender nearby.
Philadelphia will host either Minnesota or New Orleans next Sunday night for the NFC title. "Anything more we can use to motivate us, well use".
"We didn't have no respect all year", Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham said. Nobody has given us a chance. I always feel like it provides great motivation and there's a fire inside of me that continues to burn. We believe that we still have 21 other guys out there.
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