Atlanta Falcons 10 Philadelphia Eagles 15: Nick Foles, Jay Ajayi and Eagles defence seal berth in NFC Championship Game

PHILADELPHIA's defence swarmed all over Atlanta in a dominant second half so secure a spot in the NFC Championship Game.

The Eagles held the Falcons pointless after the interval at a raucous Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday night.

Quarterback Nick Foles completed 23 of 30 passes for 246 yards while British running back Jay Ajayi racked up 98 yards as Philly controlled possession in the second half.

Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan was sacked three times as their hopes of returning to the Super Bowl ended on a windy night in Philly.

The Eagles will host the NFC Championship Game next Sunday against either the Minnesota Vikings or New Orleans Saints.

After a sloppy first half, Philly played tough, rugged football in the second half to prevail at 'The Linc'.


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All three running backs – Ajayi, LeGarrette Blount and Corey Clement – fumbled the ball in the first quarter.

Ajayi lost the rock on just the second play from scrimmage, and Atlanta converted it into an early field goal from Matt Bryant.

Blount ran in Philly's only touchdown of the game in the second quarter as they went for it on 4th and Goal early in the second quarter.

Momentum was with the Eagles as Foles looked to be settling into the game, until a special teams fiasco gave Atlanta the ball in the red zone after Philly touched the kick.

Devonta Freeman was held in check, but popped up to catch a six-yard dink over the top from Ryan and give Atlanta the lead once more.

But that was the last points they would score.

Jake Elliott kicked a field goal to make it 10-9 at half-time, and then slotted two more through the posts in the second half.

But for that touchdown catch, Freeman was held to seven yards on 10 rushing carries and had a meagre 26 yards in the passing game.

Julio Jones caught nine passes for 101 yards, but could grab the key one on 4th and Goal from Ryan in the final minute.

Philly were underdogs despite being at home with the No 1 seeding, but their defence came up big to keep the Super Bowl dream alive.” target=”_blank” title=”Click to share on Twitter

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