Eagles to host the NFC Championship

15 January 2018 05:54:59 GMTPlus11

The Philadelphia Eagles held the Atlanta Falcons without a score in the second half on Saturday as they defeated the visitors 15-10 at Lincoln Financial Field.

The Eagles were the first #1 seed to be an underdog in a Divisional round match up and seemed to use that as motivation as the defense rose up with a strong effort.

Quarterback Nick Foles was 23-of-30 for 246 yards and no touchdowns, but also did not throw any picks as Philadelphia set up an NFC Championship match up against either the Minnesota Vikings or the New Orleans Saints. It wasn't a Carson Wentz level of performance although the Eagles are not complaining at this point.

With cold conditions in Philadelphia the game was never going to be one of beauty. Atlanta signal caller Matt Ryan was 22-of-36 for 210 yards and both teams were held to under 100 yards rushing with LeGarrette Blount scoring the only touchdown on the ground for the Eagles.

Philadelphia, 2.37 to win the NFC, now awaits the winner of the game in Minneapolis between the Vikings and the Saints.

Sunday's game is a rematch of the first week of the season, which Minnesota won 29-19.

Sam Bradford was the quarterback then for the Vikings in his only start of the season before missing the rest of the regular campaign through injury.

Ironically that's probably better for Minnesota as the New Orleans defense has a completely different quarterback to prepare for in Case Keenum.

The Saints Drew Brees and Keenum were first and second in percentage accuracy during the regular season although the New Orleans quarterback threw for an average of 35 yards more per outing.

The Eagles are 3.25 to win the Super Bowl with the Vikings 3.20 and the Saints priced at 4.00.

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