The Titans enter as 13-point underdog, but linebacker Derrick Morgan said it's a role they happily embrace. All signs point toward all the running backs (Ajayi, LeGarrette Blount, Corey Clement andKenjon Barner) playing this week but Ajayi will be key especially. Tennessee should find itself very much lacking against a true test, much like it was in the first half against K.C. He was an All-Pro as a rookie in 2016.
The edge here belongs to Atlanta at quarterback - if Ryan is efficient - with backup Nick Foles running the offense for the Eagles.
Philadelphia is the first No. 1 seed in National Football League history to open the playoffs as an underdog, and several Las Vegas bookmakers think the line move is an overreaction. Nick Foles will make a few costly mistakes, and the Falcons will continue to look like last year's Super Bowl team.
Jake Elliott kicked a 21-yard field goal to extend Philadelphia's lead to 15-10 over the Falcons with 6:02 left in the fourth quarter. My trust level in Matt Ryan is tenuous at best, my belief in Nick Foles to produce is even lower.
- Rob Maaddi reporting in Philadelphia.
Meanwhile, Foles said having the last two weeks of practice has helped him to regain his focus and belief that he can lead this team to victory over Atlanta. Jaworski, though, managed to drive Philadelphia all the way down to the Falcons' 16-yard line on four pass completions.
The first half ended with an Eagles field goal. Kicker Mike Michel missed the point after. The Falcons will receive the kickoff to start the third quarter. If the Eagles do their job, shut down the Atlanta run game as they have done all year and cause havoc for Ryan, they give Foles and the offense less pressure to carry the team. The Falcons' five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver is averaging 107 receiving yards per game, highlighted by his 10-catch, 135-yard performance in a loss previous year in Philadelphia. A Foles pass went off the knee of a leaping Keanu Neal and the ball caromed back to Eagles receiver Torrey Smith. His fourth-down pass to Julio Jones in the corner of the end zone fell incomplete, though, giving the Eagles their first postseason win since the 2008 season.
He was pulled in week 17 against the Dallas Cowboys after just four completions for 39 yards and an interception. Matt Ryan, the Falcons quarterback, is 1-3 against the Eagles. It was Ajayi's second fumble in two games.
It is expected to be a raucous atmosphere in South Philadelphia when the Eagles take on the Falcons in an NFC Divisional Playoff.
Philadelphia begin their play-off campaign in front of their passionate home fans after a first-round bye and the best regular-season record in the NFC.
"It was a hell of a feeling, and I was there in Atlanta stadium", said Hall of Fame defensive end Claude Humphrey, who played 10 seasons in Atlanta before retiring four games into the 1978 season.