Eagles use goalline stand, Elliott FGs to beat Falcons

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Eagles use goalline stand, Elliott FGs to beat Falcons
Eagles use goalline stand, Elliott FGs to beat Falcons

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Philadelphia’s defense staged a last-minute goal-line stand and Jake Elliott atoned for a missed extra point with three field goals as the Eagles beat the Atlanta Falcons 15-10 Saturday to move into the NFC championship game.

Despite being underdogs as the No. 1 seed, the Eagles (14-3) showed plenty of moxie in the tightest spots of the fourth quarter.

They stopped sixth-seeded Atlanta (11-7) after it got to the 9 with a first down, and then on fourth down from the 2 when Matt Ryan’s pass sailed over Julio Jones’ head in the end zone.

It was the first playoff win for Philadelphia since the 2008 season, and they will host either Minnesota or New Orleans for the conference title next Sunday.

The Falcons, who so memorably blew a 28-3 second-half lead in last year’s Super Bowl, won’t get a chance to atone for that defeat.

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Philadelphia Eagles’ LeGarrette Blount scores a touchdown during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
Atlanta Falcons’ Devonta Freeman (24) scores a touchdown against Philadelphia Eagles’ Nigel Bradham (53) during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
Atlanta Falcons’ Matt Ryan passes during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Philadelphia Eagles’ Nick Foles in action during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Philadelphia Eagles’ Jake Elliott, right, kicks a field goal as Donnie Jones holds during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
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