Falcons QB Matt Ryan seeks happy homecoming in Philly

Nick Foles Reasons to Remain Confident

Nick Foles Reasons to Remain Confident

The Washington Post notes the Falcons are a 2.5-point favorite over the Eagles, making Philadelphia the first No. 1 seed to be an underdog in the divisional round since 1970. Kickoff for the divisional playoff is set for 4:35 p.m. on NBC (Channel 10).

If the Eagles can effectively channel Foles for the next two weeks, they might end up in the Super Bowl, but a poor performance from the quarterback could see the No. 1 seed in the NFC exiting early.

Gagnon writes Alford outplayed Desmond Trufant and Keanu Neal in the Falcons secondary Saturday against the Los Angeles Rams.

The visiting Falcons will bring plenty of momentum and postseason experience to Philly. They're 13-3 and the first seed in the playoffs with a first-round bye! And he will be under center on Saturday against the Falcons. This is an entirely different offense, which means Foles is going to have to do a little more to help this team win.

On this week's Access Vikings podcast - available on startribune.com and iTunes, in case you shamefully haven't listened to it before - I was asked a very important question by a reader: Which team would I wager more tacos on in the other NFC playoff game, the Falcons or the Eagles?

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The most obvious topic for this column is the Eagles and their playoff chances, and one would think there would be plenty to say on that subject. Just go be Nick.

Dominating up front will make it easier for the defensive backs to cover the likes of Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu.

The Eagles' ground attack has to be a factor too in helping Foles move the offense.

TW: How has Jay Ajayi done since coming over from the Dolphins? Atlanta averaged 364.8 yards per game and allowed 318.4. Their players really swarm to the ball. Mike Lombardi said, "Doug Pederson might be less qualified to coach a team than anyone I've ever seen".

The Atlanta Falcons are one of the most puzzling teams in a season full of National Football League befuddlement. He's aggressive in his mindset, as aggressive a guy as I've been around. A lot of single-high. "So, you'd expect them to have a good run defense, and they certainly do". The Eagles defense is good but not good enough to carry the baggage of Foles. It's going to be up to Cox to spearhead the pass rush and get after quarterback Matt Ryan.

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The Falcons ran the ball 37 times against the Rams and carved out 37 minutes of time of possession to keep the Rams' No. 1 scoring offense off the field.

Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz knows Ryan's ability to handle the blitz as an experienced veteran quarterback. They've also significantly improved their run defense, going from 17th last year to 9th this year. He should have had the starting job in Tennessee a long time ago.

Eagles fans have good reason to be concerned about this game.

The total has gone over in six of the Titans' last seven games on the road against the Patriots. Sometimes, the hardest things are the simplest things.

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