Game Review – PHI 15, ATL 10

Posted: January 19th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 127 Comments »

The Eagles played in their first playoff game in four years. Was the wait worth it? Yes. Heck yes.

No one knew exactly what to expect. Most of that was due to the fact Nick Foles was starting at QB, but there was also some question about how Doug Pederson would handle his first playoff game. This is also the first playoff game for “this team”. A lot of guys had experience, some even as Eagles. But not running these schemes for these coaches and with these teammates.

The Falcons were defending NFC champs. They were coming off a big win in the Wild Card round had been hot down the stretch. There were plenty of reasons to think the Falcons should win the game.

The bottom line is that the Falcons aren’t as talented as the Eagles and they aren’t as good a team, this year. The Eagles outplayed them, despite making mistakes. Philly had the two turnovers. They still won. The Eagles missed the extra point and had a kickoff go out of bounds. Still won. The Eagles dropped a couple of INTs. They fumbled the ball four times. Still won. The Eagles were just better.

The game didn’t get off to a promising start. Nick Foles threw a duck, but the pass was so bad the Eagles got a PI penalty out of it. Jay Ajayi fumbled on his first carry of the game to kill that drive. Atlanta marched right down the field and kicked a FG. Sloppy tackling was an issue for the Eagles on that drive. Doug Pederson mentioned after the game that he thought that was rust from not playing for a couple of weeks.

Once the Eagles settled down, they were fine.

This team has been clutch all year long and they played like that on Saturday evening. They came up with a crazy FG right at the end of the 1st half. The defense didn’t give up any points in the 2nd half. The Eagles offense went on a long FG drive in the 4th Qtr to extend the lead from 2 to 5 points, which proved huge at the end. The Eagles offense was 6 for 13 on 3rd downs, which was huge. That kept the offense on the field and the Falcons off it. Atlanta came into the game as the #1 3rd down team in the league, but they were only 4 for 13. They struggled to sustain drives. The Falcons had 9 drives and punted 6 times.

Foles did his part.

Pederson did his part.

The Eagles looked like veteran winners, not a team making their first trip to the postseason in 4 years.


Doug Pederson set the tone for the game on the opening play. He had Foles throw deep to Smith. It didn’t work as designed, but I think it sent a message to the team to be aggressive and go win this game. I think that was important, especially with Foles at the helm. It would have been easy to stay conservative and play “not to lose”. Pederson has been aggressive all year and wanted to keep that style of play, as much as he could with a backup QB and January weather.

Pederson went for it on 4th/goal when the Eagles were down 3-0. It would have been easy to settle for the FG, but he wanted the TD. That was a good call. He sent the right message to his team there. The Eagles have gone for it in similar situations all year. You want them keeping that mentality. Pederson wasn’t afraid to try for points late in the half. He could have gone conservative there, but rolled the dice and the Eagles got lucky with the Torrey Smith catch.

Pederson had a tough decision late. The Eagles were up 12-10 and had 4th/1 from Atlanta’s 3-yard line. He kicked the FG, which I think was the smart move. ATL’s Matt Bryant is a great kicker. You don’t want to give him a chance to beat you. Pederson had faith that his defense could keep ATL from scoring a TD. 

Late in the game Pederson challenged a catch and got the call overturned. That was the only replay situation of note.


The offensive gameplan was excellent. Pederson, Frank Reich and John DeFelippo mixed runs, short passes and RPOs to keep the ball moving. The Eagles finished with 334 yards and were good on 3rd down. The coaches had some special plays in the game and did a great job with using them at the right moments.

I have been watching the NFL since the 1970s and have never seen that play. I can’t stress to you what a brilliant call that was. It got the Eagles down close to the GL and set up their TD.

The Eagles did struggle in the Red Zone, going just 1 for 3. I did not like the 3 goal line plays before Blount’s TD. First was a rollout pass, which I’m never a big fan of. The next play was a run, but required lateral blocking rather than attacking off the LOS. The Falcons fired off the ball and blew up the play. On 3rd down, the Eagles tried a trick play. The timing was off and it resulted in a fumble. On 4th down, the Eagles got back to basics and ran Blount on a downhill play. TD.

Jim Schwartz didn’t do anything too elaborate. He played more Nickel than anything. He didn’t blitz much, since that hadn’t worked well in the 2016 game. Schwartz only had 3 DTs to work with so that changed his rotation a bit. He mixed and matched his DL differently. The players were well-prepared. They knew what was coming on the final play and had that covered tightly. 


Nick Foles played pretty well, going 23-30-246. No TDs or INTs. Most of the throws were short. The Eagles gave him some simple reads. This wasn’t a great performance. At the same time, Foles was accurate. He protected the ball and did enough to keep the chains moving. He must get better for the Eagles to continue winning, but this was a game he can build off.

He started slow. The opening pass was a duck, coming up way short. The next pass was over the head of Ertz. Things didn’t look good. Foles got the short passing game going in 2nd Qtr. Hit Smith and Clement to the left side and then Celek to the right. Those plays, mixed with some runs, helped the Eagles score their only TD of the game. Stepped up in the pocket and then moved to his right on the throw to Celek. Important play because it gave the Eagles a makeable 3rd down and allowed Doug to call the amazing run to Agholor.

Foles highlight moment was recovering a fumble near the goal line. Tried to hand the ball to Clement, but Clement bumped into the motion man and the timing of the play was awful. The ball hit the ground and Foles pounced on it. Tried to get in for the TD, but replay showed he was down inside the 1.

Had a chance for a huge play late in the half. Burton was wide open on a corner route. Would have been a gain of at least 25 yards. Ball was just a bit too far out front. Ugh. Even worse, this happened on 3rd down. Eagles would have been near the RZ, but instead had to punt. Got lucky late in the half. Wanted to hit Ertz down the middle. As he got ready to release the ball, was hit low by a looping DT and that caused Foles to move and the ball with it. Pass went right to the SS. Somehow the ball bounced off his knee and went back to Torrey Smith. That went from disaster to a gain of 20. Helps to have some luck on your side.

Made a huge play when he hit Jeffery on the final play of the half. Foles made a good throw to AJ for 15 yards to set up the FG.

Things were better in the 2nd half. The Eagles were backed up inside the 10. Foles hit Jeffery with consecutive throws to move the ball 25 yards. Later on that drive he hit AJ on 3rd/8 for a gain of 21. Those were huge plays. The Eagles went down and kicked the go-ahead FG on that drive.

Tried to hit Smith with downfield throw in the early 4th, but he was tightly covered. He then hit Ajayi on a couple of screen passes and that moved the ball across midfield. Foles hit Ertz over the middle for a key 3rd down conversion. That was another FG drive.

Foles got the Falcons to jump offside on the final series. That moved the ball off the GL and helped the Eagles seal the game.


Jay Ajayi started off 8-50 and finished 15-54. He was 3-44 as a receiver.

Ajayi fumbled on his opening carry. Ugh. He’s got to work on ball security in the offseason. Ajayi had an excellent pass block on opening 3rd down. Gave Foles a clean pocket. Ran hard in the 1st Qtr and had some success. Best run of the game might have come in the early 2nd Qtr. Got hit in the backfield, and got away from that tackler. Had to fight past other defenders just to gain a yard on the play.

Struggled in the 3rd Qtr. ATL played the run well and there just wasn’t room to run. Slipped on a screen pass and Foles had to throw the ball away. Foles tried to hit him with a dump-off on 3rd/10, but Ajayi couldn’t make the grab. Looked more like he was trying to break it up. Things changed in the 4th. Caught a screen to the left and got 3 yards. Eagles ran a screen again on the next play. This one also went left, but turned into a gain of 32. Great blocking, good running. Huge play.

LeGarrette Blount was 9-19-1. Dropped a hand-off from Foles on 1st down run on promising drive. Lost 7 yards and killed the drive. Sloppy. Got the ball to open the 2nd Qtr and ran up the middle for 8 yards. Tough, physical run. Highlight for Blount was his 1-yard TD run. Ran hard to the right side. Had good blocking and then used a stiff-arm on the DT in pursuit to get in for the TD. Huge play. Had some key runs in the 4th Qtr to help the Eagles go kick a FG.

Corey Clement was excellent as a receiver, finishing 5-31. Had a chance for a goal line run in the 2nd Qtr. Hit Agholor, who was in motion, and that killed the timing. Falcon DE hit Clement and the ball was on the ground. Got lucky that Foles recovered it. Caught short pass on 3rd/3 and fought through ATL’s biggest hitter (Neal) to get the 1st down. Excellent effort. Made a dumb decision late in the half. Ball was snapped with :46 left and he caught a short pass. Didn’t have much room to work with. Should have headed for the sideline to get out of bounds and save time. Gained an extra 4 or 5 yards by going inside, but ate up time. Next snap came with :22 left. Those couple of yards weren’t worth the time. Only had one carry, but got 5 yards and sealed the game.


Alshon Jeffery didn’t post huge numbers, but he was absolutely an impact player. His catches mattered in a big way. Made an impact play when he caught pass on final play of the half. That was his only catch of the half, but it covered 15 yards and set up a FG with just :01 left. Caught pass on RPO in the mid-3rd. Helped move the Eagles from inside the 10 out to the 21-yd line. That one play jump-started the drive. Caught a pass on the next play and moved the ball another 13 yards. That was huge for getting the ball away from the goal line in case the team had to punt. The Eagles faced 3rd/8 in the late 3rd. Jeffery lined up to the left and fought through some contact to get open. Caught the pass and got 21 yards on the play. Drew a flag as well. Falcons thought AJ got away with a shove. That kept alive the go-ahead drive. Finished 4-61.

Torrey Smith started the game off with a bang. Went deep and got behind the defense. Foles pass got eaten alive by the wind and was woefully short. Smith adjusted and the CB ran into him, giving the Eagles a long PI penalty. Lined up in the box on opening play of the 2nd Qtr and helped block on a run play. Was between the TE and RT. Blocked the SS. You never see that alignment. Made the craziest play in the game late in the 1st half. Caught a pass that deflected off the DB’s knee. Went from pick to gain of 20. Caught a short pass in the late 3rd. Stumbled, but still got 13 on the play. Had a chance for more if he kept his balance. Was 3-39 for the game.

Nelson Agholor didn’t get a lot of touches, but made them count. 3-24 as a receiver and 2-20 as a runner. Highlight play of the game was his run in the 2nd Qtr. Great design and execution. Loved Agholor’s effort. Went full speed and fought for every inch. Got a “pass” on a jet sweep in the early 4th. Took this to the right side for a gain of 10. Another key play on a scoring drive. Eagles handed the ball to Agholor again on the trick run. Got stuffed this time. Had some good blocks in the run game.

Mack Hollins got involved early. Played on the 2nd series. Had pass come his way on 3rd/10. Couldn’t make the grab. Did draw a generous PI call. Caught a pass in the early 4th. Fought his way for 9-yd gain.


Zach Ertz was 3-32. Got blown up on 1st Qtr run and DE got Ajayi for no gain. Hauled in a pass for 11 yards in the late 3rd. Had to extend for the ball, absorb a hit, go to the ground and still hold on. Managed to do all that. Earned his paycheck on a 4th Qtr play. Eagles faced 3rd/8 from about midfield. Ertz lined up wide left. Agholor motioned from left to right, clearing out the side. That also told Foles this was man coverage. Ertz got a good release and the DB fell, leaving him wide open. Foles hit him in stride for a gain of 11. Blocking was up and down.

Brent Celek came up big on the only TD drive of the game. Caught a 6-yard pass. Had a key block on the TD run. Sealed the DE and let Blount get outside. Blocking was inconsistent overall, which surprised me.

Trey Burton had a good game, even though he didn’t catch a pass. Had good block of NT on inside run. Came inside on a wham block and got enough of Poe to let Ajayi get up the field cleanly. Lined up at FB on 4th/GL. Was the lead blocker for Blount and made a perfect cut block of the LB to help Blount score.


Lane Johnson had another strong outing. Blocked 3 Falcons on a run late in the 1st Qtr. Ajayi went for 8 yards. Love that kind of effort from Johnson.  Pulled on early run to Ajayi and had good block of Jones. Pulled left and acted as the lead blocker for Agholor on the run play. Couldn’t get to 34 before he was in full sprint mode. If Johnson gets him, would have given Agholor more room to work with. Slammed DL to the ground on Blount’s TD run. Had a good downblock on the run where Clement put the game away. Gave him room to run. Kept Vic Beasley under control in pass pro.

Halapoulivaati Vaitai played pretty well. Had a good seal block of DE on 11-yd run to his side by Ajayi. Good block of LB in late 1st Qtr helped Ajayi get 10 yards. Did a nice job on the Agholor run. Let the DE come at him and then used a hand to help with his momentum and drive the player further into the backfield. Took the DE completely out of the play. Had a false start penalty late in the half. Cost the team 5 yards and forced them to burn a timeout. Ugh. Was mostly good in pass pro, but had a few sloppy blocks.

Jason Kelce had a good game. Pulled to the left and had an excellent block of MLB, giving Ajayi a cutback lane. He got 7 yards on the play. Kelce really popped Jones there and took him out of the play. Got out wide on screen in the early 4th. Tried to jump and block a LB. Hit Ajayi as much as he did the LB. Had key block of the MLB on Ajayi screen that went for huge gain.

Stefen Wisniewski might have played his best game of the year. Had a good seal block of DL in late 1st. That let Ajayi get to the 2nd level and gain 10 yards. Had an excellent block of Deion Jones on 1st Qtr screen. Gave Ajayi space and he went for 9 yards. Had a great seal block of the DT on Agholor’s run. Missed blitzing DB and Blount was taken down for a loss in the mid-2nd. Had an OL’s dream when he blocked 3 guys on a screen in the early 4th. Blocked DT at the LOS and then released into space. Threw the DT to the ground. Then knocked a DB to the ground and finally blocked another DB. Wow. Helped spring Ajayi for a gain of 32. Eagles tried the trick run to Agholor again in the 4th. Wiz hit the NT, then released him. The NT made the stop. If Wiz holds that block, the play has a chance to be a solid gain. Not sure why Wiz let the NT go. Pulled right and blocked LB on Blount run up the middle for 7.

Brandon Brooks had a good game. Had a strong block of DT that gave room to Blount on run up the middle. Pulled and had a picture-perfect seal block of LB on Blount’s TD. Doubled with Lane to move DL off the ball on 3rd/2 run by Blount in the 4th. Got 4 yards on the play. Always good in pass pro.



Vinny Curry had a good game. Drove TE into the backfield on an early run play and forced the RB to change his path. Got a shot on Ryan on 2nd Qtr play where he tried to go deep. Ryan couldn’t step into the throw. Because of Curry and the wind, the ball came up short. Made one crucial mistake. Bit hard inside on play late in the half and let Coleman get free to the outside for a gain of 23. Didn’t end up hurting the Eagles, but can’t do that. Must control the edges. Got a good shot on Ryan to open the 3rd. Was unblocked on quick screen and Ryan barely had time to get the ball out. Exploded up the field in the early 3rd, driving the TE backward. This forced the RB to go deep and created a TFL for Nigel. Great effort on the final play. Got cut blocked by RB, but got up and kept going after Ryan. Got in on 3 tackles.

Fletcher Cox was the biggest star of any DL in the game. And he played like it. Dominant performance. Split a double team on the opening drive to get a TFL. Slot receiver dropped short pass in late 1st Qtr. Probably a good thing since Cox was there to blow him up. Good awareness and hustle on that. Stuffed a 3rd/4 run against Eagles Dime D. They ran at Graham and Fletch came over to make the tackle. Should have doubled him. Stuff RZ run play. Beat the RG and tackled the RB for only short gain. Made a huge play late in the half when he got a sack. That threw the drive off schedule and helped to force a punt. Pushed the RG back and got his hands on Ryan. Hustled out wide to tackle WR on screen play on final drive. Got his pads high on play after that and OL moved him off the ball, giving RB room for good gain up the middle. Cox hustled in pursuit throughout the game. ATL did slow him down on pass plays by using plenty of double-teams. Finished with 7 tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL.

Brandon Graham played the run really well. Eagles went with the Dime on early 3rd/4. Falcons ran at him and used a double-team. BG fought it and that allowed Cox, Jenkins to get there and make the stop. Drove the RT back on RZ run and blew up the play, creating TFL for Jenkins. Used a good rip move to beat the RT and hit Ryan. Forced an errant throw with the pressure. Got a shot on Ryan in the early 4th. Got a TFL late in the game when he jumped to the inside of the RT and hit the RB in the backfield. Used a spin move to get off a block and tackle Freeman from behind on the final drive. Moved around a lot. Played LDE, LDT and RDT.

Tim Jernigan had a solid game. Only got in on one tackle, but was stout vs the run and disruptive at times. Used a swim move to go around a double-team and blow up a 2nd Qtr run play. Played 29 snaps.

Derek Barnett was only in for 16 snaps, but did a good job of rushing the passer. Got his first hit on Ryan in late 1st Qtr. Atlanta went for it on 4th/2, but didn’t get the play off in time. No one blocked Barnett, who got a clean shot on Ryan. No one heard the whistle so there was no penalty. Got a hit on Ryan late in the half. Got there just after ball was released. Got late pressure on play-action pass and forced Ryan to get rid of the ball. Looped to the inside and got good pressure on Ryan on 3rd down late in the game.

Chris Long had somewhat of a quiet game. Played 20 snaps. Was in on one tackle and got one hit on Ryan.

Beau Allen had a solid showing. Played 26 snaps. Got good push on 1st Qtr pass play. Drove the LG straight back to Ryan. Came up big late in the game. Used a club move to knock the crap out of the LG. Got by him and hit Ryan just after the ball was out. Pass was off-target and incomplete. Falcons tried to run a delayed screen after that and Allen read. Blew that play up to force 3rd/long.


Mychal Kendricks played well, especially in the 2nd half. Had 4 solo tackles for the game. Jumped into a passing lane in the early 3rd. Made a good read and was right there. Just couldn’t make the grab. Slid off a block and tackled Freeman on inside run. Only gave up 2 yds on the play. Tackled Sanu after a catch over the middle on the final drive.

Nigel Bradham had an outstanding game. Helped to break up a 3rd down pass to WR over the middle. Hit him as the ball got there and the WR couldn’t hang on. That ended a drive in the Red Zone and forced ATL to settle for a FG. Broke up a potential TD pass, but got very lucky on the play. Slipped and was late in coverage. For some reason, Matt Ryan hesitated and it gave Nigel time to recover. Got a TFL in the early 3rd. Penetration blew up a run and Nigel was there to clean up. Blitzed in the mid-3rd. Fought past the RB and sacked Ryan when he tried to move in the pocket. Looked like a madman on the final play. Saw the TE and RB block so he blitzed. Came around the edge, arms flailing. Got close to Ryan, but didn’t want a penalty so he never hit him. Great effort. Finished with 4 tackles, sack, TFL and PD.

Dannell Ellerbe played MLB. Tackled RB on run up the middle, but gave up 6 yards. Would prefer him to be more aggressive there and not let the RB come to him. Had to fight off a TE, so it wasn’t a gimme play. Tackled Freeman after 5-yd catch over the middle. The weakest player on the defense. Looks surprisingly lost for a veteran LB. Needs to be better.

Najee Goode played in some jumbo sets.


Malcolm Jenkins was up and down. Mostly good, but had some mistakes as well. Missed tackle of Coleman after short pass over the middle. Cost the Eagles at least an extra 5 yards. Helped stuff a 3rd down run by attacking an OL and clogging the running lanes so the RB had nowhere to go. Made a strong, clean tackle of Jones after short pass over the middle on 3rd/long. Got a TFL in the mid-2nd when BG blew up a run and Jenkins was able to get the RB cleanly. Made a terrible decision in the mid-2nd on 3rd/GL. Covered the RB until he saw Ryan start to run. Left the RB and Ryan was able to dump the ball to him for the score. No idea why Malcolm would do that. Sloppy in the early 3rd. Let an OL pull and seal him, giving a free lane to the edge for 18 yards. Can’t let them get outside like that. Tried to cover Jones on 4th/6 late in the game. Wasn’t in bad position, but Ryan made a good throw for a gain of 20. Hugged up on Sanu on the final play and wouldn’t let him get open. Ryan had to force the ball to Jones. Led the team with 8 total tackles.

Rodney McLeod spent most of the game playing centerfield. Called for bogus penalty after hit on Sanu in the Red Zone. Wasn’t a dirty hit and didn’t hit him in the head or all that close to it. Still got the flag. Moved around more in the 2nd half. Made the tackle in inside run on 3rd/2. ATL got 3, but good stop by McLeod. Sacked Ryan to close out the 3rd Qtr. Blitzed off the edge and timed it perfectly. Went right by the RB and got Ryan down for a loss of 10. That was huge since a poor KO had given them great field position. McLeod’s play changed everything. Seemed to me that McLeod stayed too deep on 4th/6 late in the game. Didn’t want to let anything behind him, but gave the WRs a big cushion there. Was a tad late getting to Jones and that moved the chains. Schwartz may  have wanted him that deep on the play, though, so I could be wrong on this. Finished with 7 solo tackles and a sack.

Corey Graham made a key tackle late in the half. Got Freeman on a screen pass where he started outside and came back across the field. Graham got him down well short of the sticks. Mostly crucial because it limited how much time went off the clock. A miss there burns a few extra seconds and the Eagles might not get their FG off at the very end of the half.


Ronald Darby played well overall. Gave up some completions to Julio Jones, but kept him under control. And was very close to breaking up a couple of those plays. Missed a tackle of Sanu in the early 2nd and that turned a 7-yd play into a gain of 24. Two plays later, Darby read a screen perfectly and tackled Gabriel for a loss of 3. Outstanding play. Gave up 12-yd completion to Jones on 3rd/11. Contested catch. Hate to give up the catch, but Darby played it pretty well. Missed the ball by inches. Contested a pass to Sanu late in the game. Ruled a catch initially, but was challenged and ruled incomplete. Had excellent coverage on end zone pass play at the end. They tried to get the ball to Jones. Darby used good technique and was in excellent position to play the ball. Pass was too high and too wide. Falcons threw a slant to Jones on 3rd down. Darby read it and drove on the ball. Tackled Jones at the 2 and almost knocked the ball loose. Had 7 solo stops, TFL and a PD.

Patrick Robinson got picked on an early 3rd down where Sanu was wide open. Robinson didn’t see the TE, who looked like he hit him intentionally. Covered well. Didn’t get much action coming his way.

Jalen Mills had a good game. Only one tackle. Broke up 2 passes. He whiffed on an early tackle on a run play. Made a terrific coverage play in the 2nd Qtr. Saw Ryan was going deep to Jones, who was covered by Darby. Mills retreated and got underneath the play. The pass was short and Mills was in perfect position. Only problem is that he failed to make the catch. Wasn’t going to be easy, but he needs to make plays like that. Called for holding on 2nd Qtr pass play in the RZ. Dumb move by Mills. No need to hold there. Made a huge play in the early 3rd. Ryan moved out of the pocket and saw an open receiver. Lofted the ball to him. Mills undercut that and knocked the pass away. No one was behind the WR. If the ball gets there, might have been a long TD. Guy guy open because Mills chased him from the other side of the field and was picked about halfway. Mills didn’t panic. Just hustled into position and got his hand up at the last possible second to save a big play. Falcons ran a stutter-go (double-move) on Mills in the mid-3rd. He read it perfectly and didn’t bite. Ryan just had to throw the ball away. Gave up 12-yd completion to Jones on the final drive. Came up huge on the final play. Was in perfect position. Stayed as square as he could. Jones fell down and Mills stayed right there with him. Got in front of Jones and pinned him against the sideline. Gave Ryan no room to work with. The pass was too high and if it had been caught, Jones was going to come down out of bounds. Mills didn’t panic. Used good technique and battled until the whistle blew.



KOR – Barner had a 26-yard KOR. Clement ran one back for 22 yards.

PR – Kenjon Barner fair caught 3 punts. There was one punt that came up way short. Barner used his arms to signal players away from the ball. Unfortunately some were blocking and didn’t see the signal. The punt hit Bryan Braman for sure. Looked like it also went off Robinson. Barner had his mouthpiece in the whole time. You wonder if he was shouting loud enough for the guys to hear that they should get away from the ball.

The players should have been more aware on their own, but when you’re in the middle of blocking someone, it can be hard to locate a punt overhead and know where it will land and then bounce. Some real tough luck on that play.

Donnie Jones – Only punted 3 times and put 2 of them inside the 20. Helped to pin the Falcons deep.

Jake Elliott – Had an up and down game. Hit a 53-yard FG to close out the 1st half. Felt like the Eagles stole those points. Huge moment in the game. Missed an extra point. Looked like he just pulled the ball. It hit the upright. Had a kickoff go out of bounds in the late 3rd. Could have been a huge mistake with the Eagles only up 2 points at the time. Did hit a pair of FGs in the 2nd half, to give the Eagles the lead and then to extend it. Clutch when it matters.


Burton got free up the middle on punt in 1st Qtr. Extended for the ball and just missed it. Poor blocking by ATL. Burton was sloppy with his blocking on punts and FGs.

Bryan Braman made a huge play when he got loose up the middle and deflected a punt late in the half. Eagles were expecting to get the ball around the 10-yard line. Instead, they got it at their 28. That made a huge difference on the scoring drive.

Nate Gerry did a good job in KO coverage to open the 3rd Qtr.




127 Comments on “Game Review – PHI 15, ATL 10”

  1. 1 Sean E said at 3:18 AM on January 19th, 2018:

    Great article Tommy, I can’t wait to read it after I reserve my place as First!

  2. 2 A_T_G said at 6:24 AM on January 19th, 2018:

    Disagree. Tommy has written many great articles before this one.

  3. 3 Sean E said at 4:15 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    Shoot, that’s not what I meant!

  4. 4 Bacon & Iggles said at 11:04 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    Wisenheimer. lol

  5. 5 Insomniac said at 5:50 AM on January 19th, 2018:

    Resign Bradham already Howie.

  6. 6 sonofdman said at 8:15 AM on January 19th, 2018:

    Yeah, it’s not like there is anything more important for Bradham and the Eagles to be focusing on this week than a new contract.

  7. 7 Insomniac said at 8:38 AM on January 19th, 2018:

    Resign him after we kick their asses, did I have to say that?

  8. 8 sonofdman said at 9:07 AM on January 19th, 2018:

    All joking aside, I agree resigning Bradham is a big priority for the offseason.

  9. 9 eagleyankfan said at 8:21 AM on January 19th, 2018:

    Let me get this right — you’re giving instructions to the guy who was just name NFL Executive of the year? hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  10. 10 Insomniac said at 8:38 AM on January 19th, 2018:

    well how do you think he got that award in the first place? 🙂

  11. 11 eagleyankfan said at 9:04 AM on January 19th, 2018:

    He thanked you in his speech. I heard it!

  12. 12 ColorSgt said at 2:39 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    “There have been a lot of sleepless nights…”

  13. 13 Donald Kalinowski said at 9:11 AM on January 19th, 2018:

    I know. Most important player on D. I think he’s better than Trotter.

  14. 14 xeynon said at 9:35 AM on January 19th, 2018:

    Whoa, hoss.

    Bradham is a good LB. He is not the most important player on the D. That’s Fletcher Cox. He’s not even the second most important. That’s Jenkins. He *might* be tied with Graham as the third most important.

  15. 15 Donald Kalinowski said at 10:21 AM on January 19th, 2018:

    Okay he’s the probably the 2nd most importanf guy on defense behind Jenkins. But he’s much more important than Cox and Graham. Less talented but more important than those two. He plays the 3rd most snaps on defense just below Jenkins and Mills and is in charge of communication for the front 7.

    Without him the team is probably 3 or 4 games worse and tbey definately lose to Atlanta.

  16. 16 xeynon said at 10:50 AM on January 19th, 2018:

    That is crazy talk.

    There is no player in the league at any position other than QB who singlehandedly makes a difference of 3 or 4 wins. You’re basically claiming Bradham is as important to the Eagles as Aaron Rodgers is to the Packers, i.e. that he’s an MVP-caliber player. That’s nuts.

    As for Cox, he single-handedly alters blocking schemes and he makes everybody else’s job easier. Offensive coordinators game plan around trying to stop him, or at least slow him down. I guarantee you nobody worries about Bradham that way.

  17. 17 kajomo said at 8:34 AM on January 19th, 2018:

    HFA is so key.

    Eagles defense last 4 home games have allowed .8.5ppg
    Only the Falcons had a winning record, but you have to go all the way back to the Broncos game to find a team that scored 20+ points on the birds at home,

    Vikings last 4 road games have allowed 15.75ppg.
    This number is heavily skewed by a Rogers-less Packer team that had been eliminated from the playoffs resulting in a shut out. They allowed 23 pts to the lions and 31 to Carolina. If you go back 5 games the Redskins scored 30 points against the Vikings road defense.

    I believe the Vikings are probably the better team, but not on this Sunday. Not in our house. Not against this defense, this crowd, and this city. I didn’t like our odds coming into the playoffs, but this defense has me believing.

  18. 18 kajomo said at 8:41 AM on January 19th, 2018:

    Found this on Eagles Wire:

    Over the past five games, Case Keenum has been sacked on one out of every five dropbacks while under pressure. Per Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus: “The Eagles’ defensive front generates more pressure than anybody. As a unit during the regular season, they notched 27 more pressures than any other defense.” The Eagles will exploit an injury-riddled Vikings offensive line and keep Keenum on his toes all game.

  19. 19 P_P_K said at 9:43 AM on January 19th, 2018:

    The Eagles D is going to feast on Keenum.

  20. 20 John Dunkerley said at 11:00 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    Making the Case against Keenum. I like it.

  21. 21 GermanEagle said at 8:34 AM on January 19th, 2018:


    Yo, ze German is still struggling to find ‘affordable’ tickets for the game on Sunday. The cheapest start at $525 each.

    Maybe you want to chip in for keeping the streak alive.

    Go birds.

    Thank me later.

  22. 22 Mac said at 9:39 AM on January 19th, 2018:

    You mean you’re not going to just sneak in with a dog mask?

    Also: if your dog mask has oral surgery, does that count?

  23. 23 P_P_K said at 9:43 AM on January 19th, 2018:

    I’ll chip in to pay for the canine teeth.

  24. 24 SteveH said at 8:43 AM on January 19th, 2018:

    Seems like we never get those OPI calls on pick plays, I remember the one on Robinson by the TE was really obvious.

    The key with Jake Elliot is that the kick just needs to be in an intense, high pressure situation from long distance. Can’t let him take those no pressure easy kicks, not smart coaching.

  25. 25 Donald Kalinowski said at 9:16 AM on January 19th, 2018:

    Kendricks’ biggest play was staying with the RB on the goal line stand.

  26. 26 Dave said at 12:15 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    I wish Malcolm Jenkins would have done the same.

  27. 27 daveH said at 12:10 AM on January 20th, 2018:

    and jumping infront of that one pass

  28. 28 xeynon said at 9:32 AM on January 19th, 2018:

    Don’t know what you’re talking about Tommy. Everybody knows there was only one player on the field on Saturday, he played for the Falcons, he singlehandedly lost them the game, and his name is Steve Sarkisian.

  29. 29 Eagles4life said at 10:23 AM on January 19th, 2018:

    And Schwartz played the same defense alignment he used the whole season!
    Pisses me off we are getting no respect but I damn care and it feeds well for the team.

  30. 30 Tumtum said at 2:08 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    You buy that crap?

  31. 31 Donald Kalinowski said at 9:44 AM on January 19th, 2018:

    The Vikings probably have the best secondary in football and are going up against a backup QB. They probably have the most complete defense with Barr/Kendricks at LB and that good DL. I can see why they would be favorites in this game. They did shut down Kamara/Brees for a good portion of the game.

    I expect Minnesota to blitz a lot and early. Philly needs to play a perfect game.

  32. 32 SundayAfternoons said at 9:47 AM on January 19th, 2018:

    whichever defense cracks first.

  33. 33 kajomo said at 10:23 AM on January 19th, 2018:

    Big difference in Philly’s D at home vs Minni’s D on the road

  34. 34 sonofdman said at 10:44 AM on January 19th, 2018:

    Minnesota’s defense is very good, but this past week people have been talking like it is some historically dominant defense that no-one could score on all year. That is not the case. They have good players at all positions on the defense, but it is possible to move the ball and score on them. They also have not been particularly good at creating turnovers, something the Eagles defense has been much better than them at.

    I also don’t think that it is cut and dry that they have the best secondary in football (even though they are up there). I would put Jacksonville’s secondary above theirs, as well as Denver and possibly Seattle when healthy (though they are getting old).

  35. 35 xeynon said at 10:53 AM on January 19th, 2018:

    It’s Hyberbole City when it comes to any team the Eagles are playing it seems.

    Minnesota is really good, and definitely one of the best 2 or 3 defenses in the league this season. They are not the Steel Curtain or the ’85 Bears.

  36. 36 Mac said at 11:05 AM on January 19th, 2018:

    I like how you intentionally left out the greatest defense in the history of football (’91 Eagles). Well played.

  37. 37 sonofdman said at 11:59 AM on January 19th, 2018:


  38. 38 Green Goblin Swag said at 12:31 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    This is a microcosm of our entire season.

    “Did ATL win last week or was Philly really that good”

    Change out the opponent week to week. I feel like next year will be the bandwagon is full, Philly really is that good. People get stuck defending a previously wrong narrative just to cling to the illusion of being right.

    I was wrong about Ags being o this team. I was wrong about Mills too. I was wrong about the Saints winning last week.

  39. 39 Ark87 said at 12:51 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    They’re an interesting case. They don’t have the absurd talent-level of those great defenses. What they do have is that every starter on that defense has run that defense for 4 years (might be someone on there that has only been there 3 years). As a result they are able to run one of the most complex and creative defenses in the league.

    We can play with their defense at a talent level, will be up to Doug to decipher and game plan the hell out of it.

    It will be tough, but by no means is it mission impossible when we are at the Linc with the ability to slow the game down, and pick up the defense and make adjustments at the line.

  40. 40 meteorologist said at 5:19 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    Who used hyperbole here?

  41. 41 sonofdman said at 5:26 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    Everyone in the world uses hyperbole every single time they talk about any team the Eagles are playing or have ever played.

  42. 42 Ark87 said at 11:52 AM on January 19th, 2018:

    They will double blitz the A gaps on run downs, they do that a lot anyway and they know we like to pull centers and guards, someone will be following our pulling linemen into the backfield, so we have to be careful on that. Should see some counter plays bouncing to the outside. Their CB depth isn’t that crazy either.

    Wouldn’t mind seeing us put a good amount 4 WR on the field, shrink down their defense then spread it out and run. Also they handle TE’s really well, so I say if we need to pass, I like Hollins on their 4th CB.

  43. 43 Tumtum said at 12:43 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    Foles or Case… that is the question.

  44. 44 GermanEagle said at 1:43 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    You probably could make a case for Foles.

  45. 45 Tumtum said at 2:03 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    The Rams picked him over Case.

  46. 46 bill said at 3:29 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    Jeff Fisher did. Not sure what side of the argument that supports, though.

  47. 47 Tumtum said at 8:03 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    You see what I did there, ayyee..

  48. 48 daveH said at 6:17 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    Trophy Case for Folesy, body bag for keemum case.

    Thers my stoo pitt retort

  49. 49 RobNE said at 5:30 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    Are you on the wrong blog?

  50. 50 A_T_G said at 11:11 AM on January 19th, 2018:

    You will be able to read about the Eagles DL in the police blotter on Monday, because each and every one of them is going to catch a Case on Sunday.

  51. 51 Ryan Rambo said at 1:21 PM on January 19th, 2018:

  52. 52 GermanEagle said at 12:48 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    Make it $700 each. Guys. I need your support!

  53. 53 P_P_K said at 3:26 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    What’s the number on your Swiss bank account, again? I lost it since the last time.

  54. 54 GermanEagle said at 6:06 AM on January 20th, 2018:

    Foles knows!

  55. 55 A_T_G said at 4:56 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    You’re German. I hear Deutsche Bank is Russian money all over the place. Maybe they can hook you up?

  56. 56 GermanEagle said at 6:06 AM on January 20th, 2018:

    No. Paid 1500 bucks for two tickets in the end. Cannot wait.

  57. 57 A_T_G said at 8:20 AM on January 21st, 2018:

    Wow. I hope the team makes it money well spent.

  58. 58 GermanEagle said at 4:28 PM on January 22nd, 2018:

    It was worth it!!!!

  59. 59 A_T_G said at 8:07 PM on January 22nd, 2018:

    Yes it was.

  60. 60 kajomo said at 1:28 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    2 days away for the NFCCG and this place is crazy quiet. Confidence or Nerves?

  61. 61 truehaynes said at 1:39 PM on January 19th, 2018:


  62. 62 Bert's Bells said at 1:50 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    Is it Stoicism which suggests you expect the worst so that when it happens you don’t suffer?

    Or is it just Eagles’ fandom?

  63. 63 Tumtum said at 1:51 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    That second one.

  64. 64 Donald Kalinowski said at 4:35 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    In 2003 I thought there was no way the Eagles were losing to Tampa. That game had me upset for weeks.

    I temper my expectations so that I don’t get crushed.

  65. 65 jshort said at 6:05 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    2003 we were at home and favored and expected to win. This game has the feel of the 80 season NFCCG for me, and maybe for others that were around at the time….lol.
    It was quiet just like this, but that up coming game was on your mind all week, and not many were picking an Eagles win.

  66. 66 P_P_K said at 6:26 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    In case the memory isn’t quite painful enough, remember we beat Tampa 20-10 earlier in the season. The Bucs then went on to trounce Oakland in the Super Bowl.

    And in case you need some salt in that wound, next year the Eagles beat the Panthers in Carolina, only to lose to them in another “cant’ lose” game in the Conference Championship, at home in that 14-3 stinker. Carolina lost by only three to NE in the SB.

    And, just in case the scars have healed and you need some reason to remember why we might have lost and how Reid drove us crazy, I did some research and here’s the Eagle’s run:pass ratio in those games:
    Against Tampa — 21 rushes, 49 pass attempts
    Against Carolina — 26 rushes, 36 passes

    In my imagination, Pederson was the Coach of those teams and we won two Super Bowls.

  67. 67 Tumtum said at 1:50 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    Being busy AF has helped me not make it more than it is 🙂

  68. 68 ChoTime said at 2:43 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    I don’t think it was ever as busy here as it was during Chip’s meltdown.

    This game really just seems like such a simple thing. No rivalries, no hate, no elite QBs, just two solid teams lining up and seeing who’s better on that particular day. 4/5 of my favorite players on the Eagles won’t even be there.

    I’m sure I’ll be frothing at the mouth on game day, especially once the Jags knock off NE. Right now, I’m pretty chill.

  69. 69 Donald Kalinowski said at 3:20 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    Nerves. They surpased my expectations but I’m still nervous.

  70. 70 daveH said at 6:13 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    Agree. . Such a likable team after all the hard work success they have made for themselves is impossible not to have the host hopes

  71. 71 Rob Jarratt said at 3:53 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    OK, whippersnappers, here I sit being a veteran Eagles’ passionate fan since the early 50s. I’ve seen it all, including my perch in the east stands at Franklin
    Field for their last championship in 1960.

    What I hadn’t seen until last Sunday was a win at crunch time when everything was on the line. I have been gut-punched numerous times over the years by excruciating last second losses. With 1st and goal and just 9 yards to go with time waning, we were set up to get crushed once again.

    But, no, it didn’t happen this time. Monday was a beautiful day to feel the comfort and pleasure of victory.

    I am convinced this time around that something special and different is going on with this team. Over and over, they have been clutch. The stat that blows me away is that they have given up 0 (zero) points in the last two minutes of a game. That alone tells me all I need to know about the guts of this version of our Eagles.

    I am in a pool, but won’t reveal my pick. Let’s put it this way: superstition always factors into my Eagles’ pick.

  72. 72 P_P_K said at 4:40 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    Great post, Mr, Jarratt. You may well be the patriarch of Iggles Blitz.

  73. 73 ChoTime said at 4:45 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    It does seem that way, although I’ve only been following since the late 80s. Thanks for sharing your passion and experience here!

  74. 74 xeynon said at 4:57 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    I don’t go back nearly as far as you do, but 4th and 26 was pretty amazing at the time. Sadly they lost to Carolina the next week. Let’s hope history doesn’t repeat.

  75. 75 FairOaks said at 8:36 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    Or, at least, the Minneapolis Miracle is the 49th and 26 equivalent this year.

  76. 76 daveH said at 6:11 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    I was concieved after that game !!

  77. 77 sonofdman said at 6:19 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    I was conceived after that game also … about 17 years after that game, that is.

  78. 78 Rob Jarratt said at 10:12 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    What a concept! Euphoria was expressed in a conjugal manner.

  79. 79 daveH said at 10:32 AM on January 20th, 2018:

    I can’t imagine slipping a dog mask over a baby … but

  80. 80 sonofdman said at 4:50 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    Nice article by Ertz!

  81. 81 A_T_G said at 5:09 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    Thank you for this. This is fantastic.

  82. 82 P_P_K said at 7:21 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    This is a tremendous read.

  83. 83 Tumtum said at 8:08 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    What the heck this article is total bullshit! Professional athletes and masters of industry don’t give a damn what the media says about them!

    *tongue planted firmly in cheek*

    Oh no their actually just human.

  84. 84 sonofdman said at 5:18 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    Look at this BS:

  85. 85 Rob Jarratt said at 5:39 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    The deal is sealed. Just noticed that Pete Prisco picked the Vikes. Yes!

  86. 86 ColorSgt said at 5:51 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    Be loud. That’s going to be awesome.

  87. 87 daveH said at 6:04 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    I asked around for you …

  88. 88 GermanEagle said at 6:47 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    A German sheppard doesn’t need one.

  89. 89 P_P_K said at 7:13 PM on January 19th, 2018:


  90. 90 Dragon_Eagle said at 7:19 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    If we can’t hear you yelling when the Vikes have the ball, you shall be banished to the Browns message board for 4 months.

  91. 91 GermanEagle said at 8:12 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    They have a message board?

  92. 92 Dragon_Eagle said at 8:51 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    Do you really want to find out?

  93. 93 GermanEagle said at 6:05 AM on January 20th, 2018:


  94. 94 daveH said at 6:08 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    What’s the over/under on masks ?? 15,000 is my pure guess

  95. 95 Duracell said at 6:10 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    I would guess like…. 300?

  96. 96 daveH said at 10:09 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    Wow you smashed my 15,000 .. amd left at 300 on the follow .. like the bitcoin trading pits

  97. 97 Ark87 said at 6:12 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    The one Lane and Long wore, ~700, there were like 300 in stock, and I think they emergency manufactured like 400 more. I suspect that won”t stop many fans from buying alternative (and better) masks though.

  98. 98 Duracell said at 6:10 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    Ignoring QB, since I’m honestly not sure what to expect from either guy, I think the biggest gap between units is the Eagles OL to the Vikings OL.

    I don’t know if that, along with home field, will be enough for us to win. But it has me feeling pretty good.

  99. 99 sonofdman said at 6:15 PM on January 19th, 2018:


  100. 100 P_P_K said at 7:13 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    Cool. In addition to HFA, we get GEA.

  101. 101 Dragon_Eagle said at 7:25 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    And it happened:

    Philly! Philly!

  102. 102 Ryan Rambo said at 7:54 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    Lol so ummmm I’m never wrong but “sorry” ?

    Somebody in the comments mentioned wearing the masks during the game will muffle our crowd noise? Nobody is really watching this game through a dog mask are they?

  103. 103 Tumtum said at 8:02 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    I am the one jerk who doesn’t like that line of commercials. This one was pretty meh too.

  104. 104 DustyRyder71 said at 9:32 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    I’m the jerk who just doesn’t get it. “Where’s the Beef?”, I get. “Dilly Dilly”, not so much.

  105. 105 nathaniel driver said at 11:43 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    I hate it so very much. That catch phrase is not funny and not very creative, either.

  106. 106 BlindChow said at 11:55 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    I, too, hated people in comment sections posting “Dilly Dilly” like they were some weird cross-breed of parrots and sheep, just mindlessly repeating what ad execs hoped they’d repeat. I couldn’t believe anyone fell for that garbage.

    But…I must admit…I really like this new Philly ad.

  107. 107 sonofdman said at 12:00 AM on January 20th, 2018:

    I feel the same way. I wasn’t a big fan of the original ads and couldn’t really understand why people like saying “Dilly Dilly” so much, but I do really like the new “Philly Philly” ad.

  108. 108 Dragon_Eagle said at 8:43 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    And now, a public service announcement:

    Dear Minnesota,

    Fuck you!

    You heard about Philly fans, have you? Snowballs, jail at the stadium, tasers on the field, fighting in the penalty box, booing the VEEP, beating mascots, cheering crippling injuries, drinking eighteen brewery’s worth of beer before halftime, winning the GQ worst fans award (which we display proudly), intentionally vomiting on police, punching horses, harassing fans of other teams, harassing fans of our own teams, invading Belgium multiple times, instigating a zombie apocalypse, seeing dead people, employing the Death Star against New York, making horcruxes, dropping meteors on DC, bombing Pearl Harbor, sinking the Titanic, bubonic plague, attempting to sell Texas to Cuba, laying waste to Middle Earth, burning Atlanta to the ground, and booing Santa Claus.

    Its true. All of it.

    We don’t care if you’re polite. We’re not. We don’t care if your team is more cursed than ours. Its not. We don’t care if you feel we ripped you off in the Sam Bradford trade. You were. We don’t care about Sköll. Philly Philly! We don’t care if you overpaid for your tickets, flight, hotel, brunch, or crappy beer. Dumb asses. We don’t care if you traveled all the way from Minnasoooda. We came all the way from Manayunk, Bala Cynwyd, Mantua, Fishtown, Joisey, the Northern Liberties, Tioga and Passyunk. We don’t care if you’ve experienced every heartbreak since Fran Tarkenton got drafted. We’ve been there since Bednarik retired.

    We don’t care. We don’t.

    Our town. Our team. Our house. You have been warned.

    Go Eagles!

    Love, Philly XXOO

    City of Brotherly Love

  109. 109 ColorSgt said at 9:51 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    I didn’t hear about trying to sell TX to Cuba. Too bad we didn’t pull that off.

  110. 110 laeagle said at 10:05 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    All good, but let’s please remove “Philly Philly” from anything remotely associated with our city or fandom. We will not let our proud legacy be reduced to a stupid fucking beer commercial catch phrase.

  111. 111 Dragon_Eagle said at 10:07 PM on January 19th, 2018:


  112. 112 sonofdman said at 11:49 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    That first long paragraph is a work of genius and should be studied in college literature classes!

  113. 113 ACViking said at 9:27 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    Re: Birds’ Home “D” vs. Vikes’ Away “D” – What’s in the Numbers?

    I’ll post all the side-by-side numbers by category tomorrow.

    But here’s the short version:

    The more I look at the home v. away numbers of the Eagles v. Vikes defenses, the more the Eagles look to have a solid — if not big — advantage.

    Vikes’ #2-ranked pass defense is actually 5 yd/g better the road than at home.

    NOTE: Eagles pass D @home allows only abt 20 yd/g more than MN.

    Looks like a wash, right?
    NO! Eagles 11 INTs @home vs Vikes 6 @away.

    Vikes had only 13 sacks @away — nearly half their @ home of 24.

    For those wondering, Birds — 20 sacks @home, 18 away.

    Vikes’ run defense: 112.5 yd/g @away — only 55.4 @home.
    (Vikes’ @away run defense, over 16 games, puts them 16th overall)

    Birds: @home 70.5 — versus just 86.75 @away
    (Birds’ @away run defense, for 16 games, would put them 3rd overall)

    Vikes’ scoring defense? 15 road TDs allowed v. just 8 at home.

    Birds? Just 11 TDs at home — all passing.

    As I posted previously —
    Eagles’ “D” @home allows only 10.3 ppg vs. MN’s “D” @away 18.4 ppg
    since 10/29/18.

    Birds’ “D” should give them a huge edge . . . so long as Eagles avoid turnovers.

  114. 114 ColorSgt said at 9:47 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    Nice work AC! The Eagles have been great at home. Getting the #1 seed was huge because if they were 2nd, this game would be played in Minnesota. I still think the Eagles would have a chance, but as you point out the Vikings play better at home.

  115. 115 sonofdman said at 11:47 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    Great stuff ACV!

  116. 116 Ryan Rambo said at 9:30 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    I saw this stat on the Simms and Lefkoe podcast. Pretty interesting watch/listen. They talk about the Vikings line wearing down physically 2nd half of this season due to the fact that their whole D-line goes 5 deep compared to the Eagles.

  117. 117 Ryan Rambo said at 9:32 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    Eagles discussion starts @ 34:59.

  118. 118 ACViking said at 10:00 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    The Eagles put down new sod between the numbers for the NFC title game.

    Questions . . .

    Does having the new sod help the Eagles more than the Vikes — or vice versa?
    And in what ways?

    After holding ATL to 10 points (could have been just 3) —
    why mess with a good thing?

    And I’m not interested in hearing, “The NFL required it”.

  119. 119 Ryan Rambo said at 10:03 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    Hopefully it will slow down E. Griffen since he’s more of a speed rusher.

  120. 120 ColorSgt said at 10:05 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    It seems like anytime they mess with the turf, it ends up being worse than it was before. Maybe it looks nicer to begin with, but because it doesn’t have time to get eatablished, there are seams and the field is soft. I’m not happy they did that. We’ll see.

  121. 121 daveH said at 11:51 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    Agree. .. seems sofa king stupid meddling .. last game they were slippng all over the place ..seems irresponsible

  122. 122 Sb2bowl said at 10:34 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    Me too. Where are you sitting

  123. 123 GermanEagle said at 6:05 AM on January 20th, 2018:



    We will be at the Xfinity Bar before the game. Maybe we can have a beer or two?

  124. 124 Sb2bowl said at 6:29 AM on January 20th, 2018:

    I’ll be in 114. I don’t drink but it’d be cool to finally meet some people from IB.

    Email me. Same name @ gmail dot com

    Have a safe trip

  125. 125 GermanEagle said at 1:39 PM on January 20th, 2018:

    Nice! Lower level?! Season tickets?

    Will do mate. See you tomorrow.

  126. 126 Sb2bowl said at 6:50 PM on January 20th, 2018:

    Yes. And yes. They’ve been in the family for about 50 years. This will be my 4th championship game, so far we’re 1-2.

    Hoping to get to 2-2 tomorrow

  127. 127 BlindChow said at 11:47 PM on January 19th, 2018:

    New Bud Light Commercial