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Nick Foles: 'I'm Very Humbled To Win This Game'


Quarterback Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles are moving on to the NFC Championship Game for the first time since the 2008 season.

The Eagles topped the Atlanta Falcons 15-10 in Saturday's NFC Divisional Round showdown at Lincoln Financial Field.

This was Foles' second playoff appearance as the Eagles' starting quarterback. He was under center the last time the Eagles reached the playoffs, which was the 2013 Wild Card round.

Foles completed 23 of 30 passes for 246 yards and a 100.1 passer rating.

"Honestly I felt good all game, I felt like we were moving the ball throughout the course of the game," Foles said. "I think the thing in the first half is we made a few mistakes that hurt us a lot but just coming into halftime the thing was to just keep playing, just keep getting into a rhythm, a lot of long drives throughout the course of the game, and ultimately it was a great team win.

"Defense came up huge at the end. They were great throughout the course of the game. It feels really good."

Foles recovered a fumble early in the second quarter and initially had run the ball in for a touchdown. However, after review, it showed he was touched down at the 1-yard line.

The only touchdown of the game came on the next play from running back LeGarrette Blount. He ran it in from the 1-yard line on fourth down and to give the Eagles a 6-3 lead over the Falcons.

Despite some first-half struggles, Foles found a stronger rhythm in the final 30 minutes of the game. He connected on five passes of 10-plus yards during a third-quarter drive, three of which were to wide receiver Alshon Jeffery. That set up a 37-yard field goal from kicker Jake Elliott, which gave the Eagles a 12-10 lead going into the final quarter of the game.

"In the first half I still felt good, we just made too many mistakes, ball being on the ground and what not. So when you can eliminate those that really helps you maintain that rhythm and getting a couple of third downs helps as well," Foles said.

"But I feel like we were driving the ball all day, we were doing a good job staying on the field and the second half we just kept believing, kept sticking with one another. We were on the sidelines talking all day and there was never one moment where anyone was worried because we knew we could just get the job done."

Foles and the Eagles will host the NFC Championship Game next Sunday, January 21. They will host the winner of Sunday's game between the New Orleans Saints and the Minnesota Vikings. The Eagles have not played either team yet this season.

This is the Eagles' first time hosting the NFC Championship Game since January 2005, when they won and advanced to the Super Bowl.

"I'm very humbled to win this game," Foles said. "To be a part of this team, that's what it has always been about. I know there's been a lot of people against us this last week, just answering questions and just hearing about it.

"The biggest thing in our locker room is we believe in one another. Everyone believes and that was shown on display tonight. The City of Philadelphia obviously believes. They were here and loud so we're grateful for that. Honestly, it's unbelievable to win this game and we're not finished."

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