espn

Eagles use goal-line stand, Elliott FGs to beat Falcons

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia's defense staged a last-minute goal-line stand and Jake Elliott atoned for a missed extra point with three field goals as the Eagles beat the Atlanta Falcons 15-10 Saturday to move into the NFC championship game.

Despite being underdogs as the No. 1 seed, the Eagles (14-3) showed plenty of moxie in the tightest spots of the fourth quarter.

They stopped sixth-seeded Atlanta (11-7) after it got to the 9 with a first down, and then on fourth down from the 2 when Matt Ryan's pass sailed over Julio Jones' head in the end zone.

It was the first playoff win for Philadelphia since the 2008 season, and they will host either Minnesota or New Orleans for the conference title next Sunday.

The Falcons, who so memorably blew a 28-3 second-half lead in last year's Super Bowl, won't get a chance to atone for that defeat.

---

For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL

Related Video
Jones can't make the catch on fourth down
Jones can't make the catch on fourth down
On fourth-and-goal on the 2, Matt Ryan rolls right and floats the ball to Julio Jones. Jones leaps in the air and the ball goes through his hands, giving the Eagles possession.

Related Topics:
sportsespnatlanta falconsnflphiladelphia eagles
(Copyright ©2018 ESPN Internet Ventures. All rights reserved.)