Falcons fall 2 yards short as Eagles advance

Rookie kicker Jake Elliott booted three field goals, LeGarrette Blount rushed for a 1-yard touchdown, and the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the visiting Atlanta Falcons 15-10 in the NFC divisional playoffs Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field.

The crowd erupted when Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan's pass fell incomplete in the end zone on fourth-and-goal from the Philadelphia 2-yard line with less than one minute remaining.

The top-seeded Eagles won their first playoff game since 2009 and advanced to host the NFC Championship Game next Sunday against either the New Orleans Saints or the Minnesota Vikings.

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 13: Cornerback Jalen Mills #31 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates after defeating the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 13, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Atlanta Falcons with a score of 15 to 10. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 13: Defensive end Brandon Graham #55 of the Philadelphia Eagles reacts against the Atlanta Falcons during the fourth quarter in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 13, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles won 15-10. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 13: Wide receiver Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons attempts to make a catch against cornerback Ronald Darby #41 of the Philadelphia Eagles during the fourth quarter in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 13, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 13: Wide receiver Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons catches a first-down pass as he is tackled by cornerback Ronald Darby #41 of the Philadelphia Eagles during the third quarter in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 13, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 13: Quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons looks to pass against the Philadelphia Eagles during the third quarter in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 13, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 13: Outside linebacker Nigel Bradham #53 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates with teammate defensive end Derek Barnett #96 after sacking quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons during the third quarter in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 13, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 13: Running back LeGarrette Blount #29 of the Philadelphia Eagles is tackled as he runs the ball against the Atlanta Falcons in the second quarter in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 13, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 13: Zach Ertz #86 of the Philadelphia Eagles misses a pass against the Atlanta Falcons during the second quarter in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 13, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 13: Brent Celek #87 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates after Jake Elliott #4 kicked a 53 yard field goal against the Atlanta Falcons during the second quarter in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 13, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 13: Cornerback Jalen Mills #31 and defensive back Randall Goforth #36 of the Philadelphia Eagles take a knee in the endzone before playing against the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 13, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 13: Injured Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles talks with teammate Trey Burton #88 prior to the NFC Divisional Playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons at Lincoln Financial Field on January 13, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 13: Quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons makes a call while playing against the Philadelphia Eagles in the first quarter of the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 13, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 13: Running back Tevin Coleman #26 of the Atlanta Falcons runs the ball against cornerback Jalen Mills #31 and defensive end Brandon Graham #55 of the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 13, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 13: Quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons throws a pass against the Philadelphia Eagles in the first quarter of the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 13, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Eagles quarterback Nick Foles managed the game effectively by completing 23 of 30 passes for 246 yards.

Ryan was hardly dominant, going 22-of-36 for 210 yards and one touchdown. Julio Jones caught nine passes for 101 yards but couldn't come down with the ball on the game-deciding fourth-down play.

Elliott booted his third field goal of the game, a 21-yard chip shot with 6:02 left, for a 15-10 lead. The Eagles marched 80 yards in 14 plays and moved to the Atlanta 4, where they had fourth-and-1. Instead of going for it, they chose the safe route and three more points.

A 37-yard field goal by Elliott gave the Eagles a 12-10 lead with 11 seconds left in the third quarter. The drive started at Philadelphia's 7-yard line, and the Eagles advanced 74 yards in 12 plays.

Elliott connected on a 53-yard field goal as time expired in the first half, closing the Eagles' deficit to 10-9.

Ryan tossed a 6-yard touchdown pass to running back Devonta Freeman and the Falcons captured the lead 10-6 with 5:41 remaining in the second. The drive started at the Philadelphia 18-yard line because Eagles linebacker Bryan Braman made contact with the ball on an Atlanta punt, setting up the Falcons in prime field position.

Blount capped a 14-play, 86-yard drive by scampering in from the 1-yard line with 10:28 left in the second. The Eagles ran the ball effectively the entire drive and appeared to have scored on their 13th play. Foles and running back Corey Clement mishandled the handoff, and Foles actually pounced on the ball and dived into the end zone. A replay reversed the call, marking Foles down at the 1, setting up Blount's touchdown on fourth down, though Elliott missed the extra point.

Philadelphia running back Jay Ajayi fumbled on the Eagles' first series of the game, and the Falcons proceeded to move 59 yards in 11 plays capped by Matt Bryant's 33-yard field goal.

--Field Level Media

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