Falcons Vs. Eagles Divisional Game Open Discussion Thread

Happy Saturday!

The 2017-2018 NFL playoffs are continuing on with two Divisional Round games on Saturday. This first game up on Saturday includes the Philadelphia Eagles hosting the Atlanta Falcons at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles are the No. 1 seed in the NFC this year but even so, they’re considered home underdogs on Saturday against the Falcons, who beat the Los Angeles Rams last week on the road in the Wildcard round.

We will have a discussion thread for each playoff game this weekend and I invite all of you to participate in them. As each game progresses I will add video highlights from them all in the post.

Have a great weekend and enjoy the games.

Falcons Inactives:
WR Marvin Hall
RB Terrence Magee
DB Leon McFadden
LB Sean Weatherspoon
G Sean Harlow
OL Austin Pasztor
TE Eric Saubert

Eagles Inactives:
WR Marcus Johnson
CB Sidney Jones
RB Wendell Smallwood
DE Steven Means
T Will Beatty
DT Destiny Vaeao
DT Elijah Qualls

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  • pittfan

    GET THE PARTY STARTED!!
    GO FALCONS! GO TITANS! THATS THE GAME I’M WAITING FOR!!

  • Kevin Schwartz

    Hey friends! (waves)

  • Jason Vancil

    Suicide watch in Philly begins.

  • CoachCot

    Jay A. Off to a great start, eh? Lol

  • Michael James

    Takk McKinley looks really improved from where he was as a college player. Not just this game, but he has been impressive in all of their last games. Has developed some nice pass rushing moves and also good against the run.

  • CoachCot

    Waiting for the best Hoosier QB this century to get in the game lol

  • francesco

    I’m waiting for something to say😊

  • francesco

    Nice stadium and location

  • Darth Blount 47

    Watched the replay a few times now. Since when are you allowed to accumulate a sack by rolling into the knees of the QB? Just curious.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Everyone is slipping on the Eagles field so far today.

  • francesco

    Atlanta wins today. Too much experience learned from last year.

  • Jason Vancil

    So far Falcons look like the team that has been here before.

  • CoachCot

    What a cluster you know what on that 4th down play

  • Get_at_Me

    Falcons letting Eagles stick around….

  • Darth Blount 47

    Ajayi runs tough. He’s pretty talented when he holds onto the ball. Lol.

    Blount is the wrecking ball — so if this game is an Eagles lead late, I hope the dome Falcons are prepared to tackle the run for an entire quarter in the cold.

  • CoachCot

    And runs the hole

  • Matt Manzo

    I really wanted Sudfeld when he was coming out! I thought a few years behind Ben would turn him into a star.

  • CoachCot

    He was fun to watch at IU

  • Darth Blount 47

    Great play design to Agholor.

  • Spencer Krick

    Good play calling by Philly so far.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Yeah, with Trufant locked onto Jeffrey, pounding the Falcons run D and using the 3 TE’s and Agholor is the ticket.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Zach Ertz… TD. Calling it.

    Though hard to do when on the sideline. LOL!

  • Spencer Krick

    Just like they drew it up, lol

  • Spencer Krick

    looks short.

  • Spencer Krick

    Think they go for it if it’s not a TD?

  • Darth Blount 47

    Do the Eagles go for this, at home, when they may not get very many prime opportunities like this? I absolutely would.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I think you have to. Turning it over at the 6 inch line is not the worst thing in the world.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Fly Eagles Fly!

  • Spencer Krick

    A nice finish to a nice drive.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Ka-DOINK!

    Ah, Rook. Can’t do that kinda thing against a veteran Falcons team.

  • Kevin Schwartz

    Is there any doubt that Blount leaving the Steelers was the best thing for everyone?

  • Darth Blount 47

    Unfortunately, it was a great thing for New England.

  • CoachCot

    Little wing t inside hand off lol

  • CoachCot

    Lots o f footballs on the ground to start this game fellas

  • Kevin Schwartz

    Whatcha gonna do? I don’t really blame him – kinda like Harrison, he knew he was gonna be the backup, but he didn’t sign with the idea that he’d be getting zero carries in a game.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Oh, yeah, I mean, he was simply a free agent signing. He was a mercenary. I couldn’t care that we lost him at all. Just that he went to New England and ran for 36 TD’s in one season for them. Lol. That stung.

  • Agustin-ARG

    Look like afc north game

  • Darth Blount 47

    Darby has played a horrible game so far for Philly.

    And just like that, he makes a good play. Lol.

    Glad I could motivate him!

  • Applebite

    man o man…

  • LifeUhhFindsAWay

    They had to review that way too long. Obvious fumble.

  • CoachCot

    I’m so tired of this rule. He’s going for the ball

  • Darth Blount 47

    Hey, Rasul Douglas……. GET THE HELL OUT OF THE WAY.

  • John Phillips

    BS call

  • Darth Blount 47

    The Falcons are getting BAILED OUT.

  • John Phillips

    Ryan should have run it

  • CoachCot

    I’m still fuming over that defenseless wr call

  • Darth Blount 47

    The Eagles Run D is so good.

  • John Phillips

    For sure
    Everyone bet on them,Vegas is going to clean up

  • CoachCot

    What a play by Matt Ryan

  • Darth Blount 47

    Does the NFL want a rematch? Probably.

  • Get_at_Me

    Yeah that wasnt head or neck area. It looked brutal in real time, but replay shows it was a legal hit.

  • Chris92021

    That was Big Ben-esque.

  • CoachCot

    Even if he did hit his head I just don’t get how you can continue to penalize defensive players for that kind of hit. The offensive player is low to the ground. Is he just supposed to let him catch it? It’s different when a guy launches himself upwards into a guy’s head or neck area, but this league cannot continue to penalize guys for bang bang plays on low passes like that

  • CoachCot

    Very

  • Chris92021

    Love to see us do that play to JuJu or Bryant.

  • CoachCot

    I love wheel routes out of the backfield

  • Darth Blount 47

    Clement has added a unique versatility to the Eagles RB room.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Why are they running Blount now against an 8-man front over Ajayi?!

    All Ajayi was doing was breaking off 8 yard chunks at a time.

  • Kevin Schwartz

    That’s a throw you’re gonna regret missing.

  • Applebite

    Missing Wentz….

  • Agustin-ARG

    Dilly dilly

  • Applebite

    Seeing Foreman and Coleman….if Bell should be traded or holds out, I think the Steelers should pick up Adams (ND) or Johnson (Auburn) in the next draft…

  • Darth Blount 47

    To backup James Conner?

  • Applebite

    We’ll see how Conner’s MCL goes…

  • Darth Blount 47

    MCL’s are nothing these days. Not after a whole year, especially.

  • Darth Blount 47

    WOW!

  • CoachCot

    Just like they drew it up

  • Darth Blount 47

    Yet again, Foles was taken down at the knees. No call.

    Tom Brady would still be having a hissy-fit and getting 14 flags thrown after the fact to satiate.

  • Agustin-ARG

    Inmaculaknee reception!!

  • Darth Blount 47

    Jake Elliot has a big leg. He’s got a real shot at this.

  • CoachCot

    Nfl clock management baffles me at times

  • CoachCot

    Sports med is so advanced compared to even a decade ago. Exhibit a: Teddy Bridgewater

  • Taylor Williams

    You know what a computer is little girl

  • Bryan

    lol, not many commercials annoy me that much, but that is certainly one of them

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Foles having a nice lil drive here!

  • CoachCot

    Pederson doing a great job

  • CoachCot

    Attack the seams here if they’re in 1 high

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Lol Parents just don’t understand!

  • Chris92021

    Devonta Freeman does not do blitz pickups. I thought the Falcons would have known that from the Super Bowl.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Philly fans are now appropriately and officially wasted. Should be a raucous 4th quarter in the stands. Lol.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Big drive coming up for Philly. It feels like a TD here would essentially put this away.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Can someone put an APB out on Zach Ertz?!!!

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    We need more RB screens!

  • Kevin Schwartz

    Man, Eagles win this and they’re one game away from the Super Bowl. Wouldn’t mind going up against Foles in the SB.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    There he is!

  • Darth Blount 47

    The Eagles are calling a fantastic game on Offense. I pray Todd Haley is watching this. Lots of stuff mixed in, Atlanta has no clue what is coming. Some runs, some passes, some trickery/misdirection. RPO’s.

  • pittfan

    Ajayi is running like a maniac

  • CoachCot

    Eagles have to score 6 here

  • Darth Blount 47

    Nelson Agholor slant would work here.

  • LifeUhhFindsAWay

    Watching this game I think it will be Vikes or Saints in the SB.

  • Darth Blount 47

    KICK. THE. BALL.

  • CoachCot

    If they kick this coming out of the TO they’re stupid beyond reason

  • CoachCot

    Why burn a TO only to kick? Take the penalty!

  • Applebite

    SMH
    wasted TO. That might come back to hurt them.

  • Kevin Schwartz

    I thought that before the game, and still do. Just saying – one game, anything can happen.

  • pittfan

    crucial situation. sometimes it pays to just say “stop” lets think this thru.

  • CoachCot

    I don’t like it

  • Darth Blount 47

    Sounds like something Tomlin would do. 😉

  • pittfan

    i hear ya

  • pittfan

    hahaha obviously.

  • Darth Blount 47

    The crowd there is going crazy. Pretty cool to see that stadium have something to be happy about. The amount of anger and depression, should Atlanta stun them, would be epic.

    I’m rooting for an All-Pennsylvania Super Bowl, though, so I hope it doesn’t happen. But the schadenfreude in me……..

  • CoachCot

    Time Out and clock mangement at the nfl level seriously baffles me at times

  • Michael Mosgrove

    man i called for the eagles to win and then i changed my mind when i posted for the friday night questions to the falcons. bahhhhhhh.

  • CoachCot

    At least the falcon fb won’t false start due to the noise

  • LifeUhhFindsAWay

    If we face the Eagles in the SB it will be crazy. We would have a chance at #7 without having to play Aaron Rodgers, Andrew Luck, Carson Wentz, Sam Bradford, or Deshaun Watson. I might have missed someone too.

  • pittfan

    4 down territory boys??

  • Darth Blount 47

    Wow. That took me a second. LOL.

  • Taylor Williams

    Eagles have a good fast defense. Falcons have a trash offensive line. Their play calling is stupid

  • CoachCot

    Did he survive the ground

  • Darth Blount 47

    The question is………. WHO DOES AL RIVERON WANT TO WIN THIS GAME???

  • pittfan

    Thats a jesse james drop

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    They better challenge that. I said the falcons win, but that’s not a catch.

  • Taylor Williams

    How could you forget the mega-ultra-goat Drew Brees?

  • Chris92021

    Well, here we go again about what is a catch in the NFL.

  • pittfan

    its coming back.

  • #7

    The Patriots

  • #7

    Is Julio Jones even playing?

  • pittfan

    right call.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    you have to go for it.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Truf.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Lol he never had possession of the ball! 😂😂

  • LifeUhhFindsAWay

    Right, but we would not have played the Saints. Those are all teams we played and those QBs were out.

  • pittfan

    yup. no doubt

  • pittfan

    lol. our AB

  • Darth Blount 47

    Of all the people in this stadium…. how do you let Julio Jones catch that!?!?!?!

  • #7

    Jones is playing. Who knew?

  • Nolrog

    They really have to get this catch thing sorted out. Are we going to have a superbowl decided on a catch/no catch call before they fix it?

  • Applebite

    Al Riveron and his Magic Brady Ball

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    He’s big and friggin fast!

  • Michael Mosgrove

    same question vs the pats. how did we let gronk go single covered.

  • Nolrog

    The same reason that Gronk makes those catches against the Steelers.

  • Applebite

    Nice

  • Darth Blount 47

    He should have been triple-covered.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Very carefully.

  • Nolrog

    And then some.

  • Darth Blount 47

    As a TE, the rules for coverage is a tad different. Often a double-team requires both a LB and a S.

  • pittfan

    gonna be a crazy finish

  • Applebite

    Matty Light….

  • CoachCot

    Of course

  • Nolrog

    Neither of which we put on him.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Then Sanu gets one. It’s tough to do against a balanced offense.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    tight end or not he is their #1 receiver. you double cover #1’s.

  • #7

    I’d love for the Eagles to lose it now, when they’re soooooo close

  • Darth Blount 47

    Then people would bit** when Chris Hogan goes for 9 for 180.

  • pittfan

    you’re bad.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    he does that anyways.

  • Sam Clonch

    I’d love to see them in Minny. Hello #7!

  • Darth Blount 47

    Better Sanu than Jones.

  • #7

    So are Eagles fans

  • pittfan

    so true, raider fans are worse though.

  • Don

    I was surprised they overruled it. Right call, for sure, just expected a prime troll job.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    already happened a few times.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Oh, man. Ohhh, man. This is gonna be nuts.

  • Nolrog

    You gotta take Gronk out of the game. He is by far their best receiver. And if they beat you some other way, well you live with that. But if you let them beat you with Gronk, when you know it’s coming . . . . unacceptable.

  • #7

    Eagles gonna eagle

  • Michael Mosgrove

    but not as bad as bungles fans.

  • Applebite

    Tevin Coleman…..could’ve been a Steeler, but noooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

  • pittfan

    wouldnt wanna be wearing anything red walking out of there tonite..

  • Don

    I’d prefer that Brees (or Vikes) had to go play outside in Philly

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Falcons vs Saints next weekend.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    hell no. pitt vs phi would be a slaughter. we suck vs phi. i want the saints because i respect brees and he deserves to see another one before he retires.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I like that first part the best: “…TAKE GRONK OUT OF THE GAME.” Lol.

  • pittfan

    oh yes they are. raider fans are THE worst

  • Michael Mosgrove

    matty better not get iced ryan.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Fly Eagles Fly!

  • pittfan

    who’s calling pick here??

  • CoachCot

    A former hoosier!

  • Applebite

    Carson Wentz will have them back next year. He’s the real deal. The Eagles need to get him a couple more weapons…

  • Taylor Williams

    Falcons gonna choke here, no need to pass lol

  • Michael Mosgrove

    i have more respect for oakland fans than cincy. i hope that entire fanbase gets annihilated.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    what the hell was that?

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    What in the hell?

  • pittfan

    WTF????????????? IS PETE CARROLL CALLING PLAYS??

  • Applebite

    Oh god….man if they mess this up…..

  • Michael Mosgrove

    come on falcons. I WANT MY TEN POINTS.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Just kick it, Atlanta.

  • Applebite

    Oh man…..they had to go there.

  • Nolrog

    Unfortunately, I think that would have been part Shazier. Now, I’m not sure who the LB would be. Watt maybe, with Sean Davis?

  • Taylor Williams

    He didn’t catch that

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Me too!

  • Michael Mosgrove

    was already on the ground.

  • #7

    Replay sucks

  • Sam Clonch

    Jesus Christ…. It’s never going to stop, is it?

  • pittfan

    OH GEEZ…THIS IS RIDICULOUS

  • CoachCot

    F you Riveron

  • Darth Blount 47

    Wow. That was fast. Huh, Al ???

  • Taylor Williams

    Inconsistent. If that’s a catch, then Jesse James caught the TD

  • Michael Mosgrove

    i’m not touching that subject again.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    For the win!

  • Kevin Schwartz

    I don’t think he caught it.

  • Sam Clonch

    Our the Ramsey INT too.

  • #7

    Falcons gonna falcon

  • Darth Blount 47

    FLY EAGLES FLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Wow!

  • CoachCot

    How did jones not catch that?

  • Kevin Schwartz

    Different rules in the end zone.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    😝😂

  • Nolrog

    Landed out of bounds anyway.

  • Applebite

    Damn, Falcons…lol

  • Taylor Williams

    Falcan’ts

  • Michael Mosgrove

    #80 was wide open. dumb.

  • #7

    I’ll take “he’s overrated” for $500 Alex

  • CoachCot

    Still should have physically caught the ball

  • pittfan

    HAVE ny LOOK AT ITY

  • #7

    Be safe Falcons fans

  • David Lammers

    they took a touchdown on same call they gave Atlanta

  • pittfan

    MATTY SLURPEE

  • David Lammers

    from Jessie James

  • ryan72384

    Never understood rollouts on goaline pass plays. You basically give yourself a window of 3 feet to try and complete a pass. And on a fourth down for the ballgame you really limit your options. Look what happened when the first and only option is taken away. Your never going to make a play all the back across the other side of the field. Stupid play call IMO

  • Taylor Williams

    Atlanta was better off running the ball

  • pittfan

    LOL

  • Michael Mosgrove

    thats twice ive bet on the falcons, to get burned. superbowl and now. never again.

  • Evan Eremita

    That’s the difference between Julio jones and Antonio brown

  • #7

    Easy Cris. Foles put up 15 points. Stop slurping him

  • David Lammers

    they took jessie james touchdown same way

  • Michael Mosgrove

    yup.

  • Applebite

    They should have came into the game thinking that way. Philly’s front 7 is tough when they’re rested.

  • pittfan

    Foles found his groove

  • Taylor Williams

    Last year lost me $150 in bets. As a Georgia resident I’ve gotten burnt twice this year

  • Michael Mosgrove

    i’ll take, you’re insane for $1000.

  • Darth Blount 47

    TITANS UPSET THE PATS.

    You heard it HERE first!!!!!

  • pittfan

    anoy other games on today/??

  • Sam Clonch

    I’ll take a SB against Foles, ALL DAY.

  • David Lammers

    ill take they screwwed it 2000

  • #7

    Lurie ecstatic because he’s now guaranteed another week of gate receipts and concessions

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    They actually have a real good chance.

  • Sam Clonch

    Nope, I called it Thursday, lol!

  • Michael Mosgrove

    hell no. not with our record vs phi.

  • Taylor Williams

    No thanks. Not against that eagles defense.

  • pittfan

    +10,000,000. HIGHEST RATING EVER

  • Taylor Williams

    Cheatriots vs Titans

  • Applebite

    Just the Titans and the League Refs

  • #7

    Is there anybody who doesn’t scare you?

  • pittfan

    WIFEY GETS ANOTHER JAG

  • Taylor Williams

    That’s a game?

  • Sam Clonch

    Lol!

  • Taylor Williams

    Jaguars

  • Michael Mosgrove

    i have a good chance of making an ass out of myself at my ex’s wedding i have to go to. the titans beating the pats? yeahhh no.

  • #7

    She love him long time

  • CoachCot

    Darth has been drinking since noon lol

  • Darth Blount 47

    I’ve got that beat, I had the Titans in the AFC Championship back on the first Friday 5 Question. Lol!

  • Darth Blount 47

    Wooo Hooo!

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    When you do, get someone to record it! 😂😂😂

  • Darth Blount 47

    What’s Noon?

  • pittfan

    GOTTA BE A 10 PTer

  • Nolrog

    Why do you have to go? I thought you had to wash your hair that day or something?

  • Sam Clonch

    I’d love for it to happen, I’ll be more than happy to give you the credit!

  • Michael Mosgrove

    it’s not going to be pretty. i literally cannot not go. we have a billion friends in common, her parents call me all the time, and so much more. i am fecked.

  • pittfan

    that would be a concensus 50 pt winner

  • CoachCot

    Not if coach dad spot drops

  • Michael Mosgrove

    i wish.

  • Bryan

    Not saying it’s likely, but if the Titans are able to control the clock, slow down the game, and hit Brady a few times it’s not impossible. I think the 2010 Jets over Patriots was less likely than this

  • Darth Blount 47

    It’s a bad matchup for New England. The Titans O-Line is their strength. And the Pats Run D is pathetic. Alan Branch also a surprise inactive.

  • pittfan

    she so hooney

  • Chris92021

    Yep but the Saints or Vikings will take care of them next week. Steelers fans, see what happened inside the 10 yard line to end the game? Sarkisian might be even worse than Haley inside the red zone.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Tough situation. Make a day of it! Try to have the absolute best time you’ve ever had!

  • Nolrog

    Mariota would have to have the best game of his career.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    pretty much.
    i feel like i want to make a toast and say:
    “you have fun playing in the lake and dealing with my sloppy seconds” drop the mic and walk out.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Classic!

  • Michael Mosgrove

    not likely when it looks like he has regressed quite a bit.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    I told a buddy of mine that’s a Titans fan they need some designed runs for Mariota! That would give Patriots fits.

  • pittfan

    you’d be a hit!

  • Michael Mosgrove

    leave his wife out of it.

  • Ed Smith

    LOL – awesome response!!!

  • Michael Mosgrove

    he’ll be lucky if i dont hit him or her. not that id ever hit a woman outside of combat.

  • Alex K

    10 Pts? Lost most of my respect for Matt Ryan.

  • John Phillips

    We have a faired well against the Eagles D in a long time.

  • Don

    LOL. Can’t we just play the Browns in the Super Bowl?

  • John Phillips

    And if he’s right I’m drinking until noon tomorrow, and then start again.

  • Marcel Chris Chauvet

    They’re good if your QB has wheels. If you got Russel Wilson or Cam Newton it forces the D to respect the QB as a runner. But that’s only really applicable from about 5 or 6 and in.

  • Hard Row

    Sarkisian is a terrible OC. One of the keys to Atlanta’s great offense last year was Taylor Gabriel as a deep threat. Falcons had tons of big plays because with Julio drawing double coverage, Gabriel had lots of opportunities for big plays.

    Sarkisian has pretty much erased Gabriel from the offense which means defenses are not threatened as much vertically, so they can better shut down the run and Sanu on shorter stuff. Yeah, Julio may get his 8 catches but who cares.

  • Conserv_58

    This was not the type of game the NFL wants to see at this time of year. IMO, for a semi-final conference playoff game, it was boring.

    Matt Ryan made one of the biggest, bone headed blunders I’ve ever seen from a veteran QB. He’s got goal to go, he takes the snap, runs right parallel to the LOS, there is a receiver running with him, wide open, a couple of yards from the end zone, yet Ryan waits until the very last second to toss a poorly thrown pass in his direction only to see it fall incomplete. The replay showed Ryan looking past the open receiver right in front of him at a tightly covered receiver in the back of the end zone. That’s when I said to myself, “You don’t deserve to win this game with kind of decision making.”

  • Conserv_58

    Yeah that. See my above post.