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PHILADELPHIA (AP)Fly Eagles Fly. several long drives Blue Deion Sanders Jersey , 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.Article continues below ... 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 playoff victory since the 2008 season. Next Sunday, the Eagles will host either Minnesota or New Orleans for the conference crown. The Eagles last made the Super Bowl in the 2004 season, losing to New England. ”I mean, we just kept believing in each other,” said Foles, who became the starter when Carson Wentz, a leading MVP contender Best Takkarist McKinley Jersey , injured his knee in December. ”That was it. Our team never wavered, defense did an amazing job, special teams – that’s just been the story this year is that we just all stuck together…” The Falcons, of course, memorably blew a 28-3 second-half lead to the Patriots in last year’s Super Bowl. They will not get the opportunity to atone for it, though Ryan got them close at the end. Despite being underdogs as the No. 1 seed, the Eagles showed plenty of moxie. ”Just keep on disrespecting and we’re going to keep proving people wrong,” receiver Alshon Jeffery said. A masterful 74-yard, 12-play drive on which Foles threw for 70 yards led to Elliott’s 37-yard kick into the wind that made it 12-10. The Eagles then put together their best drive, an 80-yarder covering 14 plays, yet again faltered close to the end zone. Elliott added a 21-yarder with 6:02 remaining after coach Doug Pederson briefly considered going for it on fourth-and-1 at the Atlanta 3. ”It was tricky out there, really gusty,” Elliott said. Then Adult Takkarist McKinley Jersey , as the fans in the Linc held their breath, the Eagles held deep in their territory. ”Man, just stay calm,” said defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, who was a force all day. ”We always talk about that. We’ve been in those situations during the regular season, so we kind of know how to handle those situations, not try to make a play but let the play come to us.” And the road to the Super Bowl remains through Philly. WINDY DECISIONS Falcons coach Dan Quinn could have opted to take the wind in the fourth quarter after deferring on the opening coin toss. Instead, he took the ball to start the second half, but it was the Eagles who got the only points of the third period. And in the end, Atlanta had to deal with the currents on that final drive, which did include a 20-yard completion to Jones on fourth-and-6. ”It was a tough game for us tonight,” Quinn said, ”and as we go through Authentic Julio Jones Jersey , we will go back and assess everything we have done.” ERROR-FILLED HALF Mistakes hurt the Eagles in the opening half. Jay Ajayi’s fumble and a misplayed punt that bounced off Bryan Braman led to all 10 Atlanta points. Things began nicely for Philadelphia when safety Brian Poole was tagged with pass interference on a deep pass by Foles that was held up by the wind. But Ajayi fumbled on the next play with Keanu Neal recovering. Atlanta efficiently mixed runs and passes to drive to Matt Bryant’s 33-yard field goal for an early lead. Philadelphia got the run game going with Ajayi in the opening period. Then, with the wind in the next quarter, the Eagles kept the Falcons so off-balance Atlanta took two timeouts in three plays. Receiver Nelson Agholor’s 21-yard run got the ball to the 3, and Foles botched a handoff to Corey Clement. But the quarterback quickly dived on the loose ball and was ruled to have scored. Replay showed otherwise. Pederson showed no hesitation going for it, and Blount surged in from the 1. Elliott’s missed extra point left it 6-3. Soon after came Matt Bosher’s punt that took a wicked bounce and hit Braman while he was blocking. From the Philly 18, the Falcons benefited from two penalties before Ryan scrambled from pressure and found Devonta Freeman for a 6-yard TD and a 10-3 lead. With 46 seconds left in the half, the hosts got lucky. Foles’ errant pass ricocheted off Neal’s hands to Torrey Smith for 20 yards. Jeffery made a long stretch to haul in another throw with 1 second remaining, and Elliott’s 53-yard field goal just made it over the crossbar. ”It was great for momentum,” Foles said. ”Jake did an awesome job of kicking that for us.” QB NUMBERS Foles finished a very efficient outing by going 23 of 30 for 246 yards. Ryan was 22 of 36 for 210 yards on a difficult day to throw. Jones had nine receptions for 101 yards. UP NEXT Philadelphia will host either Minnesota or New Orleans next Sunday night for the NFC title. Atlanta’s season ends after a wild-card berth and a win at Los Angeles before Saturday’s defeat. — BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP)Atlanta Falcons receiver Andre Roberts has won the 2017 Salute to Service Award. Roberts, whose parents served in the U.S. Army and is widely engaged in military appreciation events with the Falcons, will be recognized at NFL Honors on Saturday night, when The Associated Press announces its individual league award winners. In his honor Authentic Calvin Ridley Jersey , USAA, which provides insurance and other services to U.S. military members, veterans and their families, will contribute $25,000 to the official aid societies representing all five military branches. ”True heroism is measured by a person’s willingness to sacrifice themselves for the safety and freedom of others,” Robert said Wednesday. ”The men and women of the U.S. Armed Services are the greatest collection of heroes in our world today. I’m honored to salute their service and I’m forever grateful for the military heritage of my mother and father, both Army veterans, as well as the values of service to country and fellow man I received at The Citadel.” The other finalists were Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera and former Tennessee Titans coach Mike Mularkey. With the Falcons, Roberts has made multiple visits to local VA hospitals, spent a day fishing with veterans at `Fishing with the Falcons,’ and selected the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) as his organization for the NFL’s ”My Cause, My Cleats” program. His coach, Dan Quinn Brett Favre Jersey 2019 , was the 2016 recipient of the Salute to Service Award. Roberts also has an offseason travel schedule that takes him to military bases across the nation. He has volunteered at youth camps at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada; Luke Air Force base in Arizona; Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Virginia; Fort Lee II in Richmond, Virginia; Fort Bragg in North Carolina; Joint Base in South Carolina; Schofield Barracks in Hawaii; Yankee Stadium in New York; Fort Jackson in South Carolina; Fort Benning in Georgia; and Fort Campbell in Kentucky. ”Andre’s support of the military community is authentic, genuine and greatly appreciated. Having grown up the son of two Army members, he knows the sacrifices military members and their families make,” said Vice Admiral (Ret.) John Bird, USAA senior vice president of military affairs. ”Giving back to those who are willing to give all makes Andre a well-deserving recipient of this award.” Roberts was selected by a panel including Bird and Quinn; Pro Football Hall of Famer Roger Staubach; Rocky Bleier; Chad Hennings; Jim Mora and Tod Leiweke. —

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