Ryan, who led the Falcons to the Super Bowl a season ago, was 22 of 36 for 210 yards and a touchdown.
NICK'S UP: Nick Foles makes his fourth start since replacing Carson Wentz after the MVP candidate tore his ACL in Week 14. "That was it. Our team never wavered, defense did an incredible job, special teams thats just been the story this year is that we just all stuck together". Eagles fans have begun purchasing dog masks of their own, and they're already sold out.
So much so that a pair of veterans, right tackle Lane Johnson and defensive end Chris Long, went out and bought dog masks - German Shepherd masks, to be precise - to sport in order to get into full character in the days leading up to the game.
Johnson said it's all part of being loose and having fun playing the game they love. "We kept working, kept grinding, had faith in one another". We believe in him and he believes in us and that's our approach. Eagles coach Doug Pederson said this week he told him to "just be Nick". "Listen, it really doesn't matter what you guys talk about because that locker room in there is united, and I'll go to bat for every one of those guys and I'll go to war with every one of those guys in the dressing room". After failing to complete a pass on the first two downs, Matt Ryan completed a pass for seven yards to Julio Jones. And even though Foles didn't look all that sharp to close out the regular season, the important factor is he helped the Eagles come through when it mattered the most against the Falcons.
Defenses dominated the opening quarter of Saturday's game.The Falcons took advantage of a turnover to take an early 3-0 lead.
With one second left on the clock, Elliott duly thumped over a 53-yarder to make it 10-9 at the break.
"It was a tough game for us tonight", Quinn said, "and as we go through, we will go back and assess everything we have done".
Star receiver Jones had a strong game with nine receptions for 101 yards. Jake Elliott missed the extra point to keep the score at 6-3.
"Just keep on disrespecting and we're going to keep proving people wrong", receiver Alshon Jeffery said.
49ERS: Linebacker Reuben Foster is free on bond after his arrest Friday night in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on a charge of second-degree possession of marijuana.
SEAHAWKS: Brian Schottenheimer will be named offensive coordinator, according to reports. It was the first time in National Football League history that a top seed was not favored in its first postseason game.
TEXANS: Brian Gaine was hired as general manager, getting a five-year deal, and coach Bill OBrien had his contract extended four years through 2022. Under Sarkisian's West Coast system, Atlanta's offense had been inconsistent all season, and with everything on the line, Sarkisian couldn't bring himself to display any creativity at all. He was the Texans director of player personnel from 2015-16 and director of pro personnel in 2014.