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NFL playoffs preview: Atlanta vs. Philadelphia

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Atlanta Falcons face the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Divisional Round game. The game will kick off at 4:35 pm on NBC from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The Falcons come into this game with an 11-6 record. The Eagles come into this home playoff game with an 13-3 record.

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan throwing a pass against the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Wild Card game on January 6th, 2018 (Getty Images)

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan throwing a pass against the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Wild Card game on January 6th, 2018 (Getty Images)

According to Covers.com Consensus Analysis, the Falcons have a 52% chance to win this game, according to their public poll. Their expert poll; however, gives the Eagles 58% chance to win this game.

The Eagles won the last meeting on November 13th, 2016, as they won 24-15 at Lincoln Financial Field. This win snapped the Falcons three-game win streak in the series.

Atlanta won September 14th, 2015, as they won 26-24. The Falcons also won 30-17 on October 28th, 2012 and 35-31 on September 18th, 2011.

Philadelphia has won six of the past ten games in the series. Of the six games that were played at Lincoln Financial Field, the Eagles have won five times, besides the October 28th, 2012 loss.

Atlanta has not won a playoff game since defeating the Green Bay Packers, 44-21, in the NFC Conference Championship game on January 22nd, 2017. The Falcons have not lost a playoff game since losing Super Bowl LI, 34-28, in overtime to the New England Patriots on February 5th, 2017.

Philadelphia has lost its past four playoff games, including losing their last playoff game, 26-24 loss to the New Orleans Saints with Nick Foles as the quarterback on January 4th, 2014. The Eagles have not won a playoff game since January 11th, 2009 when they defeated the New York Giants, 23-11, in the NFC Divisional Round.

They have not won a home playoff game since January 7th, 2007 when they defeated the Giants, 23-20.

Atlanta won its last two regular-season games. They have not lost a regular-season game since a 23-13 loss to the Saints.

Philadelphia lost its last regular-season game on New Year’s Eve, 6-0, to the Dallas Cowboys. Their last regular-season win came on Christmas night, as they defeated the Oakland Raiders 19-10 at Lincoln Financial Field.

Atlanta is averaging 22.3 points per game. Philadelphia is averaging 28.6 points per game.

The Eagles have scored just 19 points in their last two games with Foles as the starting quarterback. However, if you add in the points from December 17th, 2017 win over the New York Giants, the Eagles have scored 53 points with Foles as the starter.

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has gone 342 of 529 for 4,095 passing yards. He has 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

Devonta Freeman leads the running backs with 196 carries for 865 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. Julio Jones leads the receivers with 88 receptions for 1,444 receiving yards and three touchdowns.

Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has gone 265 of 440 for 3,296 passing yards. He had 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Wentz has not played since December 10th, 2017 when he suffered a torn ACL against the Los Angeles Rams in Los Angeles, California.

LeGarrette Blount leads the running backs with 123 carries for 766 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Zach Ertz leads the receivers with 74 receptions for 824 receiving yards and eight touchdowns.

Prediction: Falcons 31, Eagles 17

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