Nick Foles used Eagles bye week to go back to basics

Back in 2013, for example, he followed one of his worst outings as a pro against the Dallas Cowboys with a seven-touchdown performance at the Oakland Raiders. While the Falcons are coming off a big win in the Wild Card Round in the Los Angeles Rams after barely getting into the playoffs, the Eagles are looking to make a statement about belonging in the postseason since Doug Pederson and company finished the regular season out on a poor note. Ryan will have another chance to get back into the Super Bowl but it would be a harder path this year.

With Atlanta having won and covered three of the past four in this series and appearing to have a defense capable of shutting down this current Philadelphia offense, we'll go ahead and call for the visitors to reach their second consecutive NFC Championship game. But, they need something on offense and I'm not sure Foles can give it to them.

The Eagles (13-3) are the first No. 1 seed to be an underdog in their opening playoff game. Look I get it, as I explained two weeks ago, this is a completely different team without Carson Wentz. Third-string quarterback Nate Sudfeld received the bulk of the snaps going 19 of 23 for 134 yards.

This will be Pederson's first playoff game as a head coach. Winning in Philadelphia is no easy task. The electricity in the stadium will be off the charts. The Falcons are a dome team.

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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.

Case Keenum led the Vikings to a 10-1 finish to the season but has never played in a playoff game. His leaping, game-saving interception of Drew Brees in a home win over the New Orleans Saints was one of the most memorable moments of the season.

Vick was sacked four times and they were outgained 362-202.

While the Eagles defensive backs will have to contain Sanu and Jones, they can not let someone else - like receivers Taylor Gabriel or Justin Hardy or tight end Austin Hooper (those three have combined for seven touchdowns this season) - beat them.

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The last factor that I want to discuss goes back to the underdog role this team has been forced into. That should put a scare into the entire city of Philadelphia.

Oddsmakers weren't impressed. Of course, players and coaches shrugged off the disrespect. Brandon Graham (ankle) is probable.

All available tickets for Saturday's game at Lincoln Financial Field can be found on Stubhub. I'll tell you one thing: I absolutely can not wait.

For the Birds to win this game, they have to establish a consistent running game against Falcons defense that's going to have eight men in the box. You've probably already heard every talking head and reporter complain of his terrible play down the stretch, but if you're looking for the most accurate and entertaining Foles ridicule, it comes in cartoon form. They are out to prove the doubters wrong, and as Philadelphian fans I don't believe we would have it any other way.

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