This isn’t the game a lot of people expected 12 weeks into the regular season. The Falcons weren’t playing great while the Eagles were riding high with MVP candidate Carson Wentz.
But thanks to an upset in the first round for the Falcons over the Rams and an injury to Wentz late in the season, fans get a Nick Foles-Matt Ryan matchup which could go either way.
The Falcons are looking to get to their third conference championship game since 2012, while the Eagles are looking to get to their first since the Donovan McNabb era in 2008.
What better way to go into the weekend than with some help from our friends over at Opta who broke down this game from top-to-bottom? Hey, and if you like what you see, go give them a follow on Twitter.
Falcons at Eagles
4:35 p.m. ET, Saturday (NBC)
— Philadelphia is 2-1 all-time against the Falcons in the playoffs (most recently a 27-10 win in the NFC Conference Championship Jan. 23, 2005). Atlanta has won three of their last four games against the Eagles, however.
— The Eagles have lost their last four playoff games, tied for the longest such streak in franchise history. They have not won a playoff game since Jan. 1, 2009, and have not won a home playoff game since Jan. 1, 2007.
— The Falcons have won three of their last four road games after their victory in Los Angeles last weekend. They have now forced at least one turnover in six straight away games after failing to force a single one in their previous three.
— Philadelphia has totaled less than 220 yards of offense in their last two home games, the first time they’ve done so since Sept. 12-19, 1999. They have not done so in three straight home games since Oct. 10-31, 1971.
— Atlanta is 4-2 in the playoffs since the start of the 2012 season. They won six playoff games between 1966 and 2011.
— Since the start of Week 15, the Eagles are averaging 17.7 points and 258.9 yards of offense per game, which rank as the 12th- and fourth-worst, respectively, in the NFL over that time. Prior to that, they averaged 31.1 points and 390.4 yards of offense per game, good for the best and the third-best in the league.
— Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is averaging 104.7 receiving yards per game in his postseason career, the best average in league history (min. six games).
— The Eagles had three players recorded 8+ receiving touchdowns this season (Alshon Jeffery – 9, Zach Ertz and Nelson Agholor – 8). Only two other teams had multiple players accomplish the feat.
— Atlanta kicker Matt Bryant hit four field goals in his team’s win last week, becoming the third kicker in league history to do so in a playoff game at age 40-or-older.
— Philadelphia defensive end Brandon Graham led the team with 9 1/2 sacks in 2017. He had recorded more than six sacks just once in his first seven years in the NFL.