Philadelphia Eagles stun Atlanta Falcons 15-10 in NFL's Divisional Round playoff

The Philadelphia Eagles defence kept the Atlanta Falcons scoreless in the second half.
The Philadelphia Eagles defence kept the Atlanta Falcons scoreless in the second half. Photo credit: Getty

The Philadelphia Eagles have booked their spot in the NFC Championship after a 15-10 upset win over the Atlanta Falcons in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.

The Eagles' defence kept the visiting team scoreless in the second half, after finding themselves down 10-9 at the break.

Despite the match-up being held in Philadelphia, the Eagles were considered underdogs after the loss of regular-season star quarterback Carson Wentz.

Back-up Nick Foles was trusted with the starting duties and was efficient in his efforts, throwing for 246 yards on his 23 of 30 attempts.

The game started in horrendous fashion for Philadelphia, with running-back Jay Ajayi fumbling the ball on their opening drive.

Atlanta capitalised with a Matt Bryant field goal to give them the early lead.

The Eagles hit back through a LeGarrette Blount touchdown in the second quarter, after he too fumbled the ball on his very first carry of the game.

Kicker Jake Elliot missed the extra point and the visitors hit back through a Devonta Freeman touchdown, set up by a string of catches to star wide-receiver Julio Jones.

The second half saw a much more aggressive Eagles defence, with Atlanta struggling to add to their first-half points.

Two Elliot field-goals would give the Eagles the lead and a five-point buffer before Atlanta had one last drive to win the game.

A series of completions to Jones and Mohamed Sanu had the Falcons in sights of the end zone, before the Eagles' defence forced a fourth and two-yards-to-go-to-the-goal-line situation.

Last season's MVP quarterback, Matt Ryan, tried to find Jones on the right side after his protection collapsed, but the ball went through his hands, with Eagles defensive-back Jalen Mills covering.

A first-down to Corey Clement would seal the win for the Eagles. They will either play the New Orleans Saints or the Minnesota Vikings for a place in the Super Bowl.