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Eagles News: Doug Pederson is a “damn good coach”

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Big Day for Doug - Iggles Blitz
Pederson isn’t careless. He’s aggressive. He pushes his players by challenging them. For the most part, that has brought out the best in the Eagles. I’ll write about the specific game management later on. For now, I’m just appreciating what a great job Pederson has done this year. Tonight was no different. He pushed the right buttons and got this team to win a tough playoff game. The Eagles weren’t perfect. They turned the ball over twice. They missed an extra point. There were some costly penalties and missed opportunities. But the Eagles still found a way to win. This is a damn good team. And they have a damn good coach.

Thoughts and takeaways from the Eagles-Falcons game - BGN
What a time to be alive!

Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles-Falcons playoff game - PhillyVoice
Brandon Graham’s stat line won’t wow anyone. He had two tackles (one for a loss), and two hits on the quarterback. That’s it. And yet, he greatly affected the game by putting pressure on Matt Ryan all evening. That’s been something of a microcosm of his career. Labled a bust for a big chunk of his career, Graham has become one of the core players on a defense that won the Eagles a playoff game.

‘It’s Everything I Ever Dreamed About’ -
Rodney McLeod called out the play, and Jalen Mills heard him. Fourth-and-2 at the Eagles’ 2-yard line, game in the balance. The Eagles expected quarterback Matt Ryan to drop back and throw the football and they expected wide receiver Julio Jones to be the target ...

Lane Johnson and the Eagles O-line dogs beat the Falcons in the trenches - Inquirer
Nick Foles stuck it to his critics, but he couldn’t have gotten the job done and the Eagles couldn’t have beaten the Falcons without the stellar play of the offensive line.

The day after: How Doug Pederson helped get the Eagles to within a game of the Super Bowl - The Athletic
Cornerback Jalen Mills swears he’s only cried about 10 times in his entire life. But he acknowledged that the video Doug Pederson and his staff put together for the players to watch Friday night at the team hotel got to him. “My eyes watered a little bit,” Mills said in the locker room following the Eagles’ 15-10 win over the Falcons. “I got chills in my body, and I had to actually calm myself down so I could go to sleep last night before the game. Because you see something like that and you hear the type of disrespect, you’re ready to go then and there.” The video showed members of the media weighing in on the state of the Eagles. One analyst said the Falcons were the first team ever to have a second-round bye. Another took a shot at Nick Foles. And someone described Mills and Ronald Darby as suspect. During their final meeting before their first playoff game, this was what the players had their eyes glued on.

Ajayi knows more mistakes could cost Eagles - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Jay Ajayi led all Eagles players with 98 yards from scrimmage en route to a 15-10 postseason win Saturday over the Falcons at the Linc. It was Ajayi’s first NFL playoff victory, and the Eagles’ first since January 2009. Yet, afterward, Ajayi was not entirely satisfied with his own performance. “I feel like I did some of the job,” Ajayi said. “To be honest, I feel like I played poorly though.”

Nick Foles, Eagles prove doubters wrong, advance to NFC title game - ESPN
Foles found a rhythm in the second half, though. Going against a stiff wind, he connected on five passes of 10-plus yards during a third-quarter drive -- three to receiver Alshon Jeffery -- to set up a go-ahead field goal from Elliott, who added another in the fourth to make it a 5-point game. The fact that the Eagles were unable to punch the ball in on that fourth-quarter drive, despite making it down to the 5-yard line, nearly cost them; but the defense bailed them out. ”We do this together. Not any one person has to be superhuman. That alleviates a lot of the pressure,” Foles said, “when you know every single guy is playing for each other.”

Atlanta’s loss shows the team is at a crossroads heading into 2018 - The Falcoholic
I let my lack of respect for Nick Foles dictate what I thought of this matchup. The Eagles have a lethal defensive front, a solid secondary and a potent ground game, but I figured the Falcons would be able stop Foles in his tracks, make the Eagles one-dimensional, and gut out a win. Instead, I got a useful reminder that talent alone is not always a decider. Playing a rested, aggressive Eagles team at home, the Falcons showed they were not the better football team. They had the better quarterback and (arguably) the better overall talent, but it hardly mattered on Saturday. Philadelphia overcame some early shakiness to play a dominant defensive game. They then attacked a very good and very game Falcons offense better than anyone expected, with Jay Ajayi piling up yards and Foles playing a genuinely good football game. The Falcons weren’t able to capitalize enough on their opportunities, as Dan Quinn put it after the game, and now we face the offseason.

The NFC Championship Game will be in Philadelphia - Daily Norseman
If the Minnesota Vikings want to become the first team in NFL history to play for a championship at home, they’re going to have to make at least one road trip.

Malcolm Jenkins says Eagles knew final 4th-down play before Falcons ran it - SB Nation
The Atlanta Falcons’ season came down to one play as they attempted a comeback win over the Philadelphia Eagles in the Divisional Round. Down 15-10 with just a minute left, Atlanta faced fourth-and-2 at the Eagles’ 2-yard line. Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian needed to dial up a perfect play against an Eagles defense that stymied Matt Ryan all afternoon. The play he chose was ... odd, to say the least.


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