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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.        






underdog eagles shut down falcons to advance to nfc championship game – la times


the atlanta falcons broke the huddle, two yards away from victory, and all-pro receiver julio jones lined up on the right side.philadelphia cornerback jalen mills — his team clinging to a five-point lead — couldn't hear a sound, even though the crowd at lincoln financial field was loud as a jet engine.advertisement"can't hear the crowd, but you can feel them," mills would say later. "you can feel that energy. the ground felt like it was shaking out there, it was so loud. when they broke the huddle and i saw [jones] come to my side, i said, 'i know where the ball's coming.'"as a true competitor, you love that. you live and die for that."the philadelphia eagles lived, as jones slipped in the end zone, climbed to his feet, then — with mills in close coverage — was unable to reel in a high pas






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.






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


philadelphia — nick foles was steady, jake elliott had a big leg and the defense made one final stop.the underdog philadelphia eagles are heading to the nfc championship game following a 15-10 victory over the atlanta falcons on saturday. they'll host the saints-vikings winner next sunday.despite going 13-3 to earn the no. 1 seed, the eagles entered the game as 3-point underdogs against the sixth-seeded falcons (11-7). they used it as motivation and now it's onto the next one as they continue pursuit of the franchise's first super bowl title."if we believe the outsiders, we will be all messed up," pro bowl defensive tackle fletcher cox said. "we went out and proved we can be the real winning team."matt ryan's final pass sailed through julio jones' arms in the corner of the end zone as jale






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






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






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






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






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.






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: 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






first things first: vikings, with win over saints, would face eagles for nfc cha


it's too soon to book airline tickets. that has to wait another day. but minnesota vikings fans know where they're headed if the vikings beat the new orleans saints on sunday at u.s. bank stadium in the nfc divisional round. top-seeded philadelphia eagles maintained homefield advantage with a nail-biting 15-10 win over the no. 6-seed atlanta falcons at lincoln financial field. but first things first: the vikings have to handle business against the saints, whom they beat in week 1.that was long before the saints' offense caught fire with rookie running back alvin kamara, and before the defense filled with new starters became comfortable.nfc divisional round:who: no. 4 new orleans (12-5) at no. 2 vikings (13-3) at u.s. bank stadiumwhen: sundaytime/tv: 3:40 p.m. on foxthis isn't to make assum






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






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. 






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






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






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 dutch police have shut down their drone-catching eagle program: digital phot


dutch police are retiring their drone-catching eagles due to a combination of performance issues and a lack of need, according to a report from nos. the eagles were originally deployed as a way to intercept wayward (and potentially dangerous) drones, but training the eagles is reportedly too costly, and the need for them is too low.various solutions have been developed to deal with the issue of drones flying where they're not allowed, but the eagles were probably the most interesting, and definitely the coolest to watch in action. in fact, you can see a demonstration of one of these trained eagles in the video below:other drone-control solutions involve police drones that launch nets to capture the unwelcome drones, and jamming devices that disrupt a drone's ability to communicate with its






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.






winona, hermantown advance to class 3a softball championship


north mankato – pitcher ashton hoeppner was in control the entire game against totino-grace, giving up just one hit and striking out 13 in a 5-0 victory thursday that sends winona to the class 3a championship game for the second consecutive year.as runners-up in the northwest suburban conference, totino-grace had seen good pitching before, but hoeppner was sharp and shut the eagles down."we couldn't hit her rise ball and she was throwing first-pitch strikes," totino-grace coach mike sullwold said. "when she got up in the count, she made the pitch she wanted. she's one of the better pitchers we've seen all year."totino-grace (22-3) stayed close for the game's first four innings behind pitcher erin poepping, but winona put the game out of reach with a four-run fifth inning as poepping, who p






protests urged in atlanta for trump's appearance at college football championshi


the naacp wants to see white towels amid the crimson, white, red and black worn by fans to send a message to president trump during the college football playoff national championship game in atlanta on monday night.atlanta's naacp chapter said on its facebook page that it wants fans inside the stadium for the college football playoff title game to wave white towels “simulating a blizzard.”it's one of several anti-trump protests planned as the president visits atlanta to attend the showdown between georgia and alabama.the naacp also is urging people to hold anti-trump signs and wear white to mock the “snowflake” label trump's supporters use to describe their opponents.another group, refuse fascism atl, says they'll “take a knee against trump” outside cnn's world headquarters near the stadiu






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






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






rams' season ends with a 26-13 loss to the playoff-tested falcons in nfc wild-ca


experience counts.the rams, making their first playoff appearance since 2004, found out the hard way on saturday at the coliseum.advertisementthe atlanta falcons, a year removed from their super bowl meltdown, muted the rams' high-scoring offense and took advantage of special teams miscues en route to a 26-13 victory in an nfc wild-card playoff game before a crowd of 74,300.matt ryan passed for a touchdown, devonta freeman ran for one and matt bryant kicked four field goals as the sixth-seeded falcons (11-6) advanced to play the top-seeded philadelphia eagles.the third-seeded rams finished 11-6 in their turnaround season under first-year coach sean mcvay. they could not overcome an early 13-0 deficit and lost in their first playoff game at the coliseum since 1979."we're not content with th






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






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