鈥?When Carson Wentz went down for the Philadelphia Eagles Youth Clive Walford Jersey , the pressure fell on backup Nick Foles and everyone else to step up.The defense rose to the challenge in the first playoff game.They harassed Matt Ryan, contained Julio Jones and made a goal-line stand at the end in a 15-10 victory over the Atlanta Falcons.“We know defense wins championships. You say it all the time. You hear it. It’s clich茅 but it’s true, especially where we are now at home,” Pro Bowl safety Malcolm Jenkins said.The strong defensive effort helped the underdog Eagles (14-3) advance to the NFC championship game for the sixth time since 2001. They’ll host the Vikings (14-3) next Sunday. Minnesota advanced with a thrilling 29-24 win over New Orleans.“We don’t even care,” linebacker Nigel Bradham said about a preferred opponent. “Obviously, we’ll see a good game and get ready to prepare for whoever we’re going to play next.”Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz’s unit was No. 1 against the run, 17th against the pass and fourth in points allowed.They held the Falcons to 281 yards, no points in the second half and Atlanta’s only touchdown drive came after a fumbled punt at the Eagles 18.“We don’t point fingers,” defensive end Brandon Graham said. “Just stay the task and keep playing your technique. Keep playing with effort. The second half, we went out there and did that. Nobody gave us a shot. We have another 60 minutes next week. I’m happy with this team because we are a great team. We stay together even through adversity.”Eagles coach Doug Pederson showed his confidence in the defense when he chose to have Jake Elliott kick a 21-yard field goal instead of going for fourth-and-1 at the Falcons 3 with a 12-10 lead and 6:05 remaining.The defense had forced two three-and-outs and held Atlanta to only 49 yards in the second half. But Ryan led the Falcons on a long drive Saquon Barkley Jersey Giants , converting a fourth-and-6 along the way. Atlanta had a first down at the Eagles 9 with 1:19 left.Ryan threw incomplete to Jones and T.J. Ward. After a 7-yard pass to Jones to the 2, the season came down to one play.Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian inexplicably called a rollout, taking half the field away for Ryan.The defense read the play when they saw the formation, pressured Ryan and forced him to throw it up to Jones in the corner of the end zone. Jalen Mills had tight coverage and the ball sailed over Jones’ hands.“We probably had three guys calling out the play on that one just based on our preparation, our study,” Jenkins said.Jones had nine catches for 101 yards, but Mills and Ronald Darby kept him out of the end zone.“The whole motto and the slogan was just ‘do your job,'” Mills said. “Nobody has to go out there and be superman. Know what you have to do for one, then go out there and execute.”The defense did its part. The defense will have to do it again next week because the offense isn’t going to win a shootout.“It was on us and we wouldn’t want it any other way,” Bradham said. “That’s how you feel when you’re on (defense) and you feel like we lead this team. We set the tone for this team and we set the pace for this team. That’s how we feel. We feel like all the energy and everything comes through us and everybody feeds off of it.”AP NFL website: Johnny Manziel was content with his first time in a game in more than two years.
Manziel was 9-of-12 passing for 80 yards in his CFL debut as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats lost 36-18 to the Toronto Argonauts in an exhibition game Friday night.
"I felt like I was able to get in there and handle the situation well Adidas Aleksander Barkov Jersey , get some completions and get the guys some balls," Manziel said. "I really wasn't nervous going into it, I was just kind of going out and letting the ball rip.
"Right now we're still in preseason so we'll get a little bit more tailor-made for the team and defense and what they do and scheme against them. I think that'll help us moving forward."
Manziel, playing for the first time since being released by the NFL's Cleveland Browns in March 2016, , faced a Toronto defense that was missing most of its starters and Hamilton coach June Jones was very conservative in his play-calling. The six-foot, 210-pound Manziel, who signed with the Tiger-Cats two weeks ago, directed five drives (22 plays) and was especially effective throwing on the run.
But Manziel's biggest complaint was receiving a 22-yard intentional ground penalty in the second half.
"That's the worst call of the century," Manziel said. "My whole life I've been taught to throw it right at the stick that's marking the down. ... I thought I got it there Cheap Patrick Omameh Jersey , he (official) told me I was about a yard short. That's the first time I've heard of that, that's new to me."
So too was running to the locker room at halftime and being told there still was a final play to run despite the clock having run out.
"I'm still learning some things up here," he said. "There's going to be some of those growing pains."
Hamilton, which played most of its starters, had seven turnovers in the first half 鈥?two interceptions, three fumbles and two on downs.
"Obviously you can't turn the ball over like that and ever have a chance to win a game," Jones said. "But he (Manziel) did some good things. He's got a good game presence about him. He knew what was going on ... he wasn't rattled, he wasn't flustered. Obviously he scrambled around and made a couple of plays. I think he's going to get better and better every time he plays."
Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner, entered the game late in the first half and played much of the third quarter. The 25-year-old was solid on his final possession Authentic Jonathan Cooper Jersey , engineering a 12-play, 62-yard drive that took 7:27 off the clock but also included the intentional grounding penalty.
Manziel threw for 80 yards and ran twice for 10 yards. However, Hamilton's biggest play was Frankie Williams' 73-yard punt return TD to end the third, cutting Toronto's lead to 33-13.
Manziel, selected No. 22 overall in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft by Cleveland, appeared in 14 games for the Browns and was 2-6 in eight starts.