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Inside The Numbers Of The Eagles' Win Over Atlanta

Posted Jan 13, 2018

EAGLES ADVANCE TO NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

With today’s 15-10 victory over Atlanta, Philadelphia is set to play in the NFC Championship Game for the first time since the 2008 season (1/18/09 at Arizona – L, 25-32). The Eagles will host the conference title game for the first time since the 2004 season (1/23/05 vs. Atlanta – W, 27-10).

Philadelphia is now 14-7 (.667) all-time at home in the playoffs, including a 5-3 (.625) mark at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles also improved to 5-0 all-time at home in the Divisional Round: 1/13/18 vs. Atlanta (W, 15-10), 1/16/05 vs. Minnesota (W, 27-14), 1/11/04 vs. Green Bay (W, 20-17), 1/11/03 vs. Atlanta (W, 20-6), 1/3/81 vs. Minnesota (W, 31-16).

Since 2001, Philadelphia has qualified for the NFC Championship six times (most among NFC teams), which is tied with Pittsburgh for the 2nd-most such appearances in that span, trailing only New England (11 entering this weekend).

HOME, SWEET HOME

Philadelphia has produced a 14-3 (.824) record at home under head coach Doug Pederson, which is the best home record in the NFL over the last two seasons (including playoffs). The Eagles also own the best home record in the NFL this season at 8-1 (.889).

Philadelphia has outscored opponents 244-117 (+127) at home this season, allowing just 13.0 points per game, as well as only 7.3 points per game in the last four contests. The Falcons’ 10 points were the fewest points allowed by the Eagles in the playoffs since the 2004 NFC Conference Championship vs. Atlanta (W, 27-10).

Philadelphia improved to 6-1 all-time vs. Atlanta at Lincoln Financial Field (since 2003).

ELLIOTT SETS EAGLES POSTSEASON RECORD

Jake Elliott connected on a 53-yard FG at the end of the second quarter to cut the deficit, 10-9. The 53-yarder is the longest FG in Eagles postseason history (previously 51 yards by David Akers on 1/4/09 at Minnesota). Elliott, who set the regular-season franchise record for 50+ yard FGs this season, has now converted 6-of-7 attempts from 50+ yards (including playoffs).

Elliott also gave Philadelphia a 12-10 lead in the third quarter when he connected on a go-ahead, 37-yard FG that capped a 12-play, 74-yard drive. Elliott also stretched the lead to 15-10 when he ended a 14-play, 80-yard drive with a 21-yard FG.

FOLES GETS FIRST CAREER PLAYOFF WIN

Nick Foles completed 23-of-30 (76.7%) attempts for 246 yards and a 100.1 passer rating. Foles’ 76.7% completion percentage is the highest single-game figure in Eagles playoff history.

In two career postseason contests, Foles has combined to complete 46-of-63 (73.0%) attempts for 441 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs and a 102.7 passer rating. He is the first Eagles QB since 1950 to record a 100+ passer rating in each of his first two career playoff games (105.0 passer rating on 1/4/14 vs. New Orleans, Wild Card).

EAGLES RUSHING OFFENSE

LeGarrette Blount scored the only TD of the game for the Eagles on a 1-yard plunge on fourth down that gave the Eagles a 6-3 advantage in the second quarter. It was Blount’s 9th career postseason rushing TD and his first since the 2016 AFC Conference Championship (1-yard TD on 1/22/17 vs. Pittsburgh with New England). Blount became the first Eagle to produce a rushing TD in the playoffs since LeSean McCoy in the 2013 NFC Wild Card Round (1-yard TD on 1/4/14 vs. New Orleans).

Jay Ajayi led the Eagles with 98 scrimmage yards (54 rushing, 44 receiving), which are the most by an Eagle in the playoffs since Jeremy Maclin (146, all receiving) on 1/9/10 at Dallas. Ajayi became the first Eagle to record 50+ rushing yards and 40+ receiving yards in a postseason game since Brian Westbrook on 1/16/05 vs. Minnesota (70 rushing, 47 receiving).

Ajayi’s 32-yard run in the fourth quarter on third-and-7 was the longest by an Eagle in the playoffs since Brian Westbrook logged a 62-yard rushing TD on 1/13/07 at New Orleans.

Nelson Agholor scampered for 21 yards on an end-around on third-and-3 in the second quarter to give the Eagles a first-and-goal situation from the ATL 3. The 21-yard run was the longest rush ever by an Eagles WR in the playoffs (previous high was 13 yards by Reggie Brown on 1/7/07 vs. NYG, Wild Card Round). Overall, it was the longest rush by an Eagles WR in any game since DeSean Jackson on 10/17/10 vs. Atlanta, 31-yard TD).

MORE FROM THE GAME

Six different players produced 3+ receptions in today’s game: Corey Clement (career-high 5), Alshon Jeffery (4 for a team-leading 61 yards), Jay Ajayi (3), Torrey Smith (3), Zach Ertz (3) and Nelson Agholor (3).

Corey Clement is the first Eagles rookie to record 5+ receptions in a playoff game since Jeremy Maclin on 1/9/10 at Dallas (7 receptions for 146 yards) and he is also the first Eagles undrafted rookie to ever accomplish the feat.

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