Falcons' Devonta Freeman says he played through PCL, MCL sprains

Annette Crawford
January 14, 2018

The truth is that the defense hadn't been in that situation during the regular season - not even close. I look at three players to watch for in the game, two from the Eagles and one from the Falcons, and I also give my game prediction.

On Saturday night, the Eagles were united behind and around their quarterback.

National Football League players are careful about what they say because they don't want to give the opposing team bulletin board material that might make them mad.

So, no, the Eagles hadn't been there before.

How did they get here? He is 1-3 as a pro in the same city he played his high school ball in at posh Penn Charter. Among those who discussed the Falcons' final play with reporters were defensive end Brandon Graham and safety Rodney McLeod. Eagles tight end Trey Burton barely missed blocking a punt in the first quarter. Julio Jones made some big plays, but couldn't make the play when it mattered to convert a second fourth-down conversion that would've likely won the game. "You don't know what it's really going to do out there so you just have to hit the best ball you can and take care of what you can control".

On red zone issues this game and this season: "We certainly go back and that's one of the areas we are dialed in from the beginning of the season as well, to where how do we make sure those moments aren't field goals and end up being scored into touchdowns".

They move on having limited Atlanta to just 281 yards of total offense and shutting out the Falcons for the final 35 minutes, 41 seconds of the game. Both teams have been trending in opposite directions with the Eagles losing Carson Wentz and looking lackluster on offense in recent games and the Falcons winning 7 of their last nine, including wins over the Rams, Panthers, and Saints.

Philadelphia, which went into the matchup with the Falcon as underdog, will host either Minnesota or New Orleans for the conference championship and a chance to make the Super Bowl for the first time since 2004 season, when they lost to the New England Patriots.

"No one has given us a chance", Doug Pederson said.

"The biggest thing in our locker room is we believe in one another". We were looking for that opportunity on that match up for that specific play. Our DBs stood up and covered [Jones], whether on that fade route or on the sprint out.

Ryan ended up lofting the ball toward Jones, but Mills was there to defend the 6-foot-3 wideout. Top-seeded Philadelphia is an underdog (2.5 points as of Friday) to sixth-seeded Atlanta, the first time a No. 6 seed has ever been favored over a No. 1, according to ESPN Stats & Info. Now while the Falcons are the favorites, they will still have to deal with a tough crowd and a place where it hasn't been too kind (1-4 in Lincoln Financial Field). Yet it might just be the recipe that can help deliver the Eagles their first championship since 1960.

This weekend Atlanta has to face their demons of the Eagles who have their number in Philadelphia. That was true Saturday, and it will be true next Sunday, and will be true all the days until this time of year is over, one way or the other.

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