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underdog eagles oust falcons, advance to nfc championship game


underdogs despite being no. 1 seed, philadelphia will face saints or vikings at lincoln financial field on jan. 21.        






eagles fend off hungry falcons to advance to nfc championship game – la times


ryan, who dropped to 1-4 in games played in his hometown of philadelphia, was 22-of-36 passing for 210 yards with a touchdown, but he was sacked three times.






philadelphia eagles fueled by historic slight going into playoff matchup with fa


bell: philadelphia is first no. 1 seed to open postseason as an underdog, and players are none too pleased.        






philadelphia eagles fueled by historic slight going into playoff matchup with fa


bell: philadelphia is first no. 1 seed to open postseason as an underdog, and players are none too pleased.        






eagles use goal-line stand, elliott fgs to beat falcons


philadelphia — fly eagles fly.with the wind and against it.with nick foles engineering several long drives, jake elliott converting three field goals, and the defense getting stingy in the tightest spot, philadelphia moved into the nfc championship game with a 15-10 victory over the atlanta falcons on saturday.foles directed brilliant marches of 74 and 80 yards in the second half — one into the whipping wind, the other with it — and elliott atoned for missing an extra point by converting from 53 yards at the end of the second quarter, 37 and 21 in the second half. then the eagles (14-3) held when atlanta (11-7) got to the 9-yard line with a first down, and to the 2 on fourth down.when matt ryan's final pass sailed over julio jones' head in the end zone , philly could celebrate its first pl






falcons' matt ryan returns to philadelphia for playoff game against eagles in fr


whereas the rest of the football world will be watching with fresh eyes saturday when atlanta squares off against philadelphia in a divisional playoff game, it’s a matchup brian mccloskey sees every week.virtually every fall sunday in the mccloskey household, it’s falcons versus eagles.that’s because he was the high school coach of atlanta quarterback matt ryan, who grew up in philadelphia, as well as a devoted eagles fan. so mccloskey has side-by-side tvs in his home, and each week tunes in to the falcons on one and eagles on the other.“i’m conflicted, i’m absolutely conflicted,” mccloskey said this week, sitting in a classroom at william penn charter school, ryan’s alma mater. “here’s someone that i love and i coached. but at the same time, my whole life i’ve been like, ‘let’s see the ea






nfc divisional round preview: atlanta at philadelphia


atlanta (11-6) vs. philadelphia (13-3)3:35 p.m. (ch. 11)how they got here: the eagles had a first-round bye as the nfc's top seed. the defending nfc champion falcons beat the los angeles rams 26-13, giving them postseason victories in back-to-back years for the first time.about the matchup: atlanta was the nfl's top-scoring team last season, but its fewest points came in a 24-15 loss at philadelphia on nov. 13, 2016, the last time they met. … the eagles scored the second-most points (463) in team history, but all eyes are on qb nick foles, who is 2-1 filling in for the injured carson wentz. foles has completed 56.4 percent of his passes for 537 yards, five tds, two picks and 79.5 passer rating, following five strong quarters with five poor ones. … falcons qb matt ryan threw for 4,095 yards






federal way boys seek a rare title trifecta


rainier beach, in 3a, is the only school in a major classification to win three consecutive titles. the eagles’ chances are good, especially with a healthy malcolm cola in the fold. the federal way boys basketball team was a perfect 29-0 last season on its way to a second consecutive class 4a state championship.yet eagles coach jerome collins said his team could have been even better had another player not missed most of the year. federal way wing malcolm cola dislocated his knee at practice after the eagles’ third game of the season. he returned to action late in the year, but after an offseason of healing and working on his game, a healthy cola has returned and become a leader on and off the court for the eagles as they prepare to defend their state title.when: wednesday through saturday






the latest: ryan's td pass gives falcons 10-6 lead


the latest on the nfl playoffs on divisional weekend (all times est):5:45 p.m.matt ryan tossed a 6-yard touchdown pass to devonta freeman to give the atlanta falcons a 10-6 lead over the eagles with 5:41 left in the second quarter.the falcons took over at the eagles 18 after a short punt hit a philadelphia player in a crowd and was recovered by laroy reynolds.the eagles then committed a pair of penalties to move the ball to the 8. on third down from the 6, ryan escaped a sack, stepped up and tossed a pass to freeman in the end zone.— rob maaddi reporting in philadelphia.___5:25 p.m.legarrette blount ran in from the 1 on fourth down to give the eagles a 6-3 lead early in the second quarter.wide receiver nelson agholor ran 21 yards on an inside counter on third-and-3 to the falcons 3.nick fo






another split leaves falcons in the middle of de anza baseball standings


it’s been one split after another for the saratoga baseball team after two weeks of the season in the de anza division of the santa clara valley athletic league, and the falcons would be happy for more of the same as they enter the third week against league-leading palo alto.saratoga split two decisions with mountain view to open the year, then fought back from a 12-5 setback at the hands of second-place los altos last week with a 6-2 victory on friday to tag the eagles with their first league loss.the two splits left the falcons in a four-way tie for third place in the rugged division, with paly and los altos atop the pack and wilcox and milpitas bringing up the rear.saratoga was to visit palo alto earlier this week and will host the vikings in a big league test on friday, 4 p.m. after a






falcons' devonta freeman: 'i was supposed to be the mvp this year of the super b


atlanta falcons running back devonta freeman rushed 11 times for 75 yards during super bowl li earlier this year. but only two of those carries and one of the yards came after the falcons had built a 28-3 lead over the new england patriots in the third quarter.the falcons ended up losing that game in overtime, and patriots quarterback tom brady was named the game’s mvp — two things freeman feels would not have happened had he been used more frequently in the second half.“i hate to go there, but i was supposed to be the mvp this year of the super bowl, but it’s all good, we got another shot,” freeman said wednesday on siriusxm nfl radio.freeman ran for 37 yards on atlanta’s first play from scrimmage and also scored the falcons’ first touchdown of the game on a five-yard run early in the sec






looks out eagles, falcons looked super bowl-ready last week


what america saw last weekend from the atlanta falcons was similar to what the team showed for 2½ quarters of last year's super bowl.can they keep it up as they head on the road again saturday to philadelphia?the falcons have that balanced offense — if matt ryan is efficient — to challenge any opponents. where they made their mark against the rams was on defense."we don't have a (complicated) defense, but we are very detailed," says defensive coordinator marquand manuel, a former nfl player who got the job last february. "and the detail of expectations of understanding that they have to make our defense come to life, and they're doing an awesome job at it."philadelphia's defense has been up and down recently, and it has dealt with a bunch of injuries. depth has been a plus for jim schwartz






the latest: falcons topple rams 26-13, face eagles next


the latest on the nfl playoffs on wild-card weekend (all times est):11:45 p.m.matt ryan passed for 218 yards and hit julio jones for an 8-yard touchdown with 5:48 to play, and the defending nfc champion falcons advanced from the wild-card round with a methodical 26-13 victory over the rams.devonta freeman rushed for an early score and matt bryant kicked four field goals for the falcons (11-6), who spoiled the rams' first playoff game in 13 years while showing off the postseason poise they earned from last season's journey to the super bowl.atlanta never trailed at the coliseum while winning playoff games in consecutive seasons for the first time in franchise history.the falcons advanced to face the top-seeded eagles on jan. 13 in philadelphia.___10:50 p.m.the atlanta falcons got two more f






friday’s 4a consolation games | the seattle times


boysfederal way rebounds, will play for fourthrashon slaughter led the way for federal way with 25 points and six rebounds, as the eagles defeated kennedy catholic (20-9) in convincing fashion, 77-56. the eagles, the two-time defending state champs, rebounded from a painful semifinal loss to richland.no. 4 federal way (25-3) shot 50.8 percent from the floor and ran away with the game in the second half, outscoring the lancers 42-28 after halftime. the eagles advance to the fourth/sixth-place game, and will play curtis at 8 a.m.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.emilio mancol led the lancers with 20 points.curtis playing for fourth placethe no. 6 curtis vikings (22-5) rode their hot shooting to a 64-48 win over the no. 8 enumclaw hornets (16-3) in a loser-out game. th






successful season for saratoga boys basketball team, in more ways than one


there may not have been a championship for the saratoga high school boys basketball team this winter, but don’t for a minute get the idea that it wasn’t a successful season for the falcons.saratoga posted a 19-10 season record that included a 7-5 run to a third-place tie with santa clara in the el camino division of the santa clara valley athletic league, a trip to the central coast section division iii championship game and a berth in the northern california playoffs.but there’s more to success than just winning basketball games, and no one appreciates that more than first-year head coach patrick judge.“from day one, the boys bought in to everything we asked of them,” said judge. “they had a desire to get better every day, and as their coach, it’s been so much fun to have a team that has






philadelphia eagles have to rely on inconsistent quarterback nick foles


the weight of a pessimistic city and its once-promising nfl playoff aspirations now rest on the shoulders of the philadelphia eagles' unexpected leader. nick foles wasn't supposed to be in this position, not when the season had reached such a critical juncture. he was supposed to be waiting in the wings in case he was ever needed. but in truth, no one — certainly not the eagles — thought he'd be a factor.and now, philadelphia's status as a surefire super bowl contender is at the mercy of an unreliable quarterback who has started only three games this season. and the coaching staff that deemed foles nothing more than a serviceable backup to its rising star, carson wentz, now wants its fans and its players to believe foles is more than capable of seeing this process through."my message to ni






akiem hicks hopes to return to help depleted bears defense slow eagles


defensive end akiem hicks sneaked in a jab at a philadelphia icon friday as the bears packed up at halas hall for sunday's road game against the eagles.“i don’t believe in underdogs,” hicks said. “i didn’t cheer for rocky.”the 3-7 bears are the definition of an underdog as they take on the 9-1 eagles, owners of an eight-game winning streak and the nfl’s highest-scoring offense. oddsmakers favor the eagles by 14 points.but hicks’ point was the bears need to arrive at lincoln financial field with confidence despite dealing with a rash of injuries to a defense that had been the provider of hope this year.hicks, at least, indicated he should be ok to play despite sitting out practice wednesday and thursday and being limited friday with a knee injury. the bears listed him as questionable, but h






falcons vs. eagles: how the two teams match up in the nfc divisional round


can the philadelphia eagles keep rolling without the face of their franchise?with quarterback carson wentz recovering from a season-ending knee injury, nick foles will do his best to pick up the slack for the no. 1 seed eagles. the early results haven’t been especially encouraging.foles completed 47 of 87 passes for 439 yards (with five touchdowns and two interceptions) in his three games, barely playing in the third.there was a significant drop-off from wentz, particularly when it came to scrambling and making plays outside the pocket.atlanta players aren’t breathing easy, though.“i think when you’ve played for a while and it’s been done at a high level, which he has, that lends to that kind of respect,” falcons coach dan quinn said of foles.“he’s done it at a high level, and he takes car






falcons gm thomas dimitroff has risen from a humble football beginning to potent


would the outcome of the nfc championship game be different if the dallas cowboys had played the atlanta falcons instead of the green bay packers? just ask cowboys standout dez bryant.the star wide receiver and pro bowler believes that the cowboys are the “only team” that could have defeated the... (eduardo gonzalez)






nfl week 7 storylines: patriots-falcons rematch headlines the lineup


how does hundley beat brees?people hoping for a drew brees-aaron rodgers classic will have to settle for brees vs. brett hundley. the packers' young backup-turned-starter gets a week of first-team practice, a better-fitting game plan and home-field advantage. unfortunately for him, he's not getting a pushover saints defense. new orleans has turned a corner on that side of the ball. in last week's 52-38 win over detroit, the saints scored three defensive tds and had five takeaways.super bowl rematch in new englandpoor atlanta. the falcons won their first three games, including two on the road, and people want to call their 3-2 start a "super bowl hangover." whatever it is, they're back to blowing leads. they've lost first-half leads in back-to-back home losses to afc east teams buffalo and






chiefs take over top spot in ap pro32 poll; falcons are 2nd


new york (ap) — of the eight teams off to 2-0 starts this season, perhaps the most impressive has been the kansas city chiefs.the chiefs went into foxborough and handled the new england patriots in the nfl’s regular-season opener and followed that up with a win over the philadelphia eagles in their home opener.because of that start, kansas city grabbed the top spot in the latest ap pro32 poll , which was released on tuesday, receiving eight of 12 first-place votes for 378 points in balloting by media members who regularly cover the nfl.“alex smith has never looked better, justin houston is healthy again and creating havoc with the pass rush, and the chiefs have made a clear statement with wins over the patriots and eagles that they are to be taken very seriously,” newsday’s bob glauber sai






nfl power rankings: carson wentz drives eagles to top spot


charles krupa / aprex burkhead returned from a rib injury and was leading force in ground game that rolled up 162 yards in victory over falcons.rex burkhead returned from a rib injury and was leading force in ground game that rolled up 162 yards in victory over falcons. (charles krupa / ap)see more galleries






ramakrishnan, davey lead falcons to back-to-back wins to open softball playoffs


natasha ramakrishnan couldn’t have picked a better time to get hot.the saratoga senior was 6 for 8 with three doubles to lead the falcons to back-to-back wins to open the central coast section division ii playoffs, pushing them into the section semifinals.saratoga, the no. 7 seeded team in division ii, took its 19-5 season record up against no. 3 hillsdale (18-11) earlier this week with the winner to advance the ccs d-ii championship game against the no. 1 notre dame-salinas (23-6)-no. 4 notre dame-belmont (21-7) winner on saturday at san jose’s pal stadium. the falcons ended up losing that one 3-1 to fall out of the playoffs.ramakrishnan ripped a pair of singles to help the falcons to a 4-3 victory over no. 10 pacific grove (15-9) in their playoff opener, then came back with a huge effort






los angeles times


the offenses for the eagles and dallas cowboys are playing like it's a meaningless game on a frigid day in philadelphia. the eagles and cowboys are scoreless at halftime. it's the first time both teams were scoreless in the first half in a philadelphia game since sept. 20, 1998, at arizona. that was a 17-3 loss for the eagles. it's the first such game for the cowboys since nov. 3, 2002, at detroit. the lions were 9-7 winners in that one. 






nfl week 3 power rankings: there's an nfc north team in the top 10 and it's not


mark craig’s power rankingsbiggest jump: broncos no. 20 to no. 3 biggest fall: giants no. 12 to no. 261. chiefs, 2-0 (last week: 1)electric rookie kareem hunt is the third player in nfl history with 50-yard scores in each of his first two games.2. patriots, 1-1 (5)the saints defense is what we thought it was, but safe to say pats are back. again.3. broncos, 2-0 (20)great run defense and trevor siemian’s four tds humiliate cowboys, send powerful message.4. raiders, 2-0 (2)they’re moving to vegas and still get the benefits of a sellout home opener in oakland? amazing.5. falcons, 2-0 (9)all the falcons needed for their super bowl hangover was a rematch with the packers defense.6. lions, 2-0 (8)detroit had 257 yards of offense. on the road. on “monday night football.” and won by 14.7. buccanee






ryan leads falcons' 26-13 playoff win over upstart la rams


los angeles — matt ryan and the atlanta falcons showed the upstart los angeles rams what playoff poise is all about.ryan passed for 218 yards and hit julio jones for an 8-yard touchdown with 5:48 to play, and the defending nfc champion falcons advanced from the wild-card round with a methodical 26-13 victory over the rams on saturday night.devonta freeman rushed for an early score and matt bryant kicked four field goals for the falcons (11-6), who spoiled the rams' first playoff game in 13 years while showing off the postseason poise they earned from last season's journey to the super bowl."this game's kind of the way our season's been, tough," ryan said. "we had to grind it out. defense played really well. offensively, we're going against a great defense tonight. we ran the football, our






rams offensive coordinator matt lafleur sees similarities to his former team, th


there will be plenty of time for visiting, especially after the game.that’s why rams offensive coordinator matt lafleur, the atlanta falcons’ quarterbacks coach the previous two seasons, has a timeline for pregame reunions saturday when the rams host the falcons in an nfc wild-card playoff game at the coliseum.“you try to get the meet-and-greet out of the way early and then go back into the locker room and just kind of just get your mind right for the game,” lafleur said thursday, adding, “try not to ever distract from what you’re there to do.”after helping the falcons reach the super bowl last season with the nfl’s highest-scoring offense, lafleur was hired by first-year rams coach sean mcvay to aid in overhauling what was the league’s worst offense in 2016.mcvay calls the plays, but lafl






the atlanta falcons – la times


quarterback matt ryan, receiver julio jones and many other atlanta falcons players have nfl playoff experience. so does third-year coach dan quinn, who guided the falcons to the super bowl last season.the rams have not been to the playoffs since 2004, only six players on the roster have postseason experience and sean mcvay is in his first season as an nfl coach.advertisementbut mcvay does not foresee a disadvantage when the rams play host to the falcons on saturday night in a nfc wild-card playoff game at the coliseum."there's a lot of value in experience," mcvay said monday during a news conference in thousand oaks, but added, "for a younger team, we've demonstrated a maturity."the rams (11-5) are seeded third, the falcons (10-6) sixth. if the rams win, they would advance to play the no.






cardinals acquire adrian peterson in a trade with the saints


the arizona cardinals, with the worst rushing game in the nfl, have acquired running back adrian peterson from the new orleans saints in exchange for an undisclosed 2018 draft pick.the 32-year-old peterson has rushed for 11,828 yards and 97 touchdowns in his 10-plus pro seasons. the four-time all-pro and seven-time pro bowl selection signed with the saints during the offseason after spending his first 10 nfl seasons with the minnesota vikings.peterson has played sparingly with little success for new orleans. he's gained 81 yards in 27 carries, an average of three yards per attempt with a long run of 11.the cardinals (2-3) are averaging a league-worst 51.8 yards rushing per game and 2.6 yards per carry. their leading rusher, chris johnson, has 114 yards on 45 carries, a 2.5 yard average.cap






seniors kayle knuckles, jalen sanders lead valor christian to first boys basketb


excellence is more of an expectation than a goal at valor christian. the school entered the weekend having captured 22 state titles in the 10 short years since it opened.the boys basketball team, though, had been left out of the championship party, dealt crushing defeats in title games in 2013 and 2016.now, the eagles fit in with their trophy-collecting peers just fine.valor christian avenged its loss in the title game last season, running past lewis-palmer 68-55 at the denver coliseum to capture the first boys basketball state championship in school history.the dynamic senior forward tandem of kayle knuckles and jalen sanders proved too much for lewis-palmer, a fitting end to a duo that made up the best frontcourt in the classification. the two players combined for 50 points, setting the






los angeles dodgers beat chicago cubs 11-1 in game 5 of nl championship series t


share storyby the associated pressthe associated presschicago (ap) — los angeles dodgers beat chicago cubs 11-1 in game 5 of nl championship series to advance to world series.the associated press






tuesday's prep sports roundup


lakeville north rallied from a 16-point deficit in the second half before pulling away from class 4a, no. 3 eastview in overtime for a 72-67 win at home tuesday. the class 4a, no. 5 panthers scored eight of the first 10 points in overtime before holding off the lightning.temi carda sent the game to overtime with a basket in the final seconds of regulation to cap an 18-2 run by the panthers. carda finished with 18 points.allie pickrain, who finished with 12 points, made a three-point shot with 13.7 seconds left in overtime to get the lightning within three points, but caitlyn petersen made a pair of free throws to seal the victory.petersen finished with a game-high 25 points, and olivia bruce had 10 for the panthers.rachel ranke led the lightning with 19 points. megan walstad had 15 points






banged up packers fall short in deja vu loss to falcons


atlanta — green bay's offense was without both starting tackles from the start and then lost both starting wide receivers.oh, and the packers were playing in the first regular-season game in the atlanta falcons' new stadium. plus, green bay's makeshift line had to face a defensive front that stayed fresh with constant substitutions."that's all part of the game plan," packers coach mike mccarthy said. "... that's the nfl. that's football."short-handed green bay faced a big early deficit, just like in last season's nfc championship game, and its comeback attempt fell short in sunday night's 34-23 loss to the atlanta falcons.devonta freeman ran for 84 yards and two touchdowns and cornerback desmond trufant opened the second half by scoring on a fumble return for atlanta (2-0).the falcons made






super mismatch: patriots continue mastery of falcons 23-7


foxborough, mass. — to tom brady and the new england patriots, this was simply an extension of last february's super bowl.for the atlanta falcons, it was another dose of football pain.by the end of new england's clinical 23-7 romp through the fog sunday night, it was clear that the patriots have straightened out what ailed them earlier this season. and that the falcons are a shadow of the team that built a 25-point third-quarter lead in that championship game, only to fall apart and lose the first overtime contest in super bowl history.brady led that historic comeback, and he guided an offense that dominated the clock when the score was relatively close. plus, unlike in the last meeting, he had a strong defense complementing him. a unit that ranked dead last in the nfl through six weeks ne






ducks are shut out as calgary snaps a 25-game skid going back to 2004


captionthe dodgers beat the diamondbacks 3-1 in game 3 of the national league division series on monday to advance to the national league championship series. the dodgers beat the diamondbacks 3-1 in game 3 of the national league division series on monday to advance to the national league championship series.






dodgers manager dave roberts can't overlook ace clayton kershaw's seventh-inning


yet kershaw still led the national league with 18 wins, a 2.31 era and a 6.73-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. his talent is immense. his will is unquestioned. roberts must analyze those factors against the evidence from kershaw’s past.“i don’t like to take history or individual history into account too much, because i think the recency of that particular game should hold value,” roberts said. “but history, sometimes, is predictive. so you have to weigh everything.”captionthe dodgers beat the diamondbacks 3-1 in game 3 of the national league division series on monday to advance to the national league championship series. the dodgers beat the diamondbacks 3-1 in game 3 of the national league division series on monday to advance to the national league championship series.captionthe dodgers beat






powerful puyallup puts end to kentlake’s unlikely state baseball run, wins class


the nationally ranked vikings won their second state title since 2014 with a 3-2 win over the falcons.kentlake junior jordon wright stood on the safeco field pitching mound wondering when he, too, would get swallowed up by puyallup’s baseball team, ranked no. 17 in the nation by usa today, in the class 4a state championship game saturday.the vikings were in the midst of their 10th state appearance and hadn’t lost a game this season since march.“after the first inning, my legs were still shaking,” wright said. “you hear they have a couple of division i players on their team and i’m not a division i player pitching-wise. i don’t throw upper-80s. i would expect them to hit me hard.”puyallup (25-2) admitted wright found their weakness within the strike-zone and with his breaking ball. but load