3 takeaways from the Falcons' tough playoff loss to Eagles


That's more than most of us expected entering Saturday.

Question from Drew S: To me Big V is a major concern this weekend, and every weekend.

Foles bounced back from a pair of subpar games with a steady performance.

Vaitai allowed this season, so I agree he's a concern.

"I'm very humbled to win this game", Foles said. If the Eagles were still rolling out Vaitai and Chance Warmack on the left side of the line, that would obviously not be ideal.

Can the Eagles contain the Falcons speed? It makes sense the Eagles would be extra careful with their second-round draft pick considering he was already coming off a serious injury. Temperatures are expected to be in the 20s at kickoff, and Atlanta hasn't won a game outside with temperatures below 40 degrees in nine years.

Ricardo Allen forced Ajayi to fumble on the next play and Matt Ryan drove the Falcons 59 yards into field-goal range.

However, rookie cornerback Sidney Jones, the other Philadelphia player who was listed as questionable, was among the team's inactives.

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"The Eagles plus-3 is a great bet", Westgate sports book manager Ed Salmons said. That's the life that you kind of live as a competitor. He never has been, and he never will be.

"I'm glad they're not in charge of my finances", tight end Zach Ertz said of the oddsmakers.

As unsafe as the Falcons, last year's NFC Champions, can be, they have also been inconsistent throughout the season. That's not Foles, nor should it be. And you know, our backs against the wall, people discount us, don't give us much credit, whatever it might be. It also takes timing, a strong arm, and confidence to make those throws. The Eagles surrendered just 16 points in their last two games yet were burned for 88 in the previous three.

Doug Pederson knows he doesn't have a game-changing quarterback. Despite that, they had an opportunity to win the game in the final minutes.

Ryan explained Saturday's final play from his vantage point. The passing game of the Falcons is still top 10 in the league. However, your point about their linebackers being undersized is well taken. He has added more of a big-play element since being traded from the Miami Dolphins. The newcomer would have like six weeks in the offensive system. "We all stuck together and believed we could move the ball".

Since losing Wentz, Pederson had done his team no favors in his play-calling, surprisingly moving away from the run with Foles under center. The Falcons will receive the kickoff to start the third quarter. "A lot of guys have been to the Super Bowl, so they can really wrap and embrace the younger guys and bring them along, sure".

After a hard start, Foles had rallied the Eagles within 10-9 at the intermission, Jake Elliott finishing the second quarter with a 53-yard field goal, a rookie playoff record. So essentially, if this prospective third quarterback were to play, he wouldn't have a clue what he was doing in a sophisticated offense.

When asked about leading the Eagles to a playoff victory after everyone (read: definitely me) thought he couldn't do it, Foles said, "It's a really humbling feeling".