PHILADELPHIA (AP) Carson Wentz’s value to the Philadelphia Eagles is reflected clearly in a historic betting line.
The Eagles (13-3) are the first No. 1 seed to be an underdog in their opening playoff game. The sixth-seeded Atlanta Falcons (11-6) are 2 +-point favorites in Saturday’s NFC divisional playoff.
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After Wentz tore his ACL in Week 14, the Eagles went 2-1 with backup quarterback Nick Foles. But the offense was inconsistent. Foles played well in his first five quarters after replacing Wentz and struggled in the next five. He sat out the final three quarters in Week 17 along with most of the starters.
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”I don’t care what people say because what people say has never won a game for me and my teammates,” linebacker Dannell Ellerbe said.
Defensive end Chris Long said it would be foolish for the team to use this as motivation.
”This is not the way we think,” he said.
The Falcons are coming off a 26-13 playoff win at the Los Angeles Rams after beating Carolina in a win-or-out regular-season finale. The defending NFC champions had their worst offensive performance during the 2016 season in a 24-15 loss at Philadelphia in Week 10.
Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz isn’t drawing too much from that victory. Atlanta has a new offensive coordinator – Steve Sarkisian replaced Kyle Shanahan – and it took a while for them to get things on track.
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CLEVELAND (AP) On his first trip back to Cleveland Cowboys Leighton Vander Esch Jersey , Josh McCown experienced something new – and something unexpected.
”It took me three years and two teams,” New York’s quarterback said. ”But dang gummit, I got me a win at FirstEnergy Stadium.”
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Released by the Browns in February after two seasons, McCown got some revenge on his former team by throwing two touchdown passes and leading the surprising Jets to a 17-14 win over the winless Browns and coach Hue Jackson, who benched rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer and is under more pressure after falling to 1-20.
McCown won only one game as a starter in two seasons with Cleveland, and that came in Baltimore. He went 0-7 at home for the Browns (0-5), who released him on Feb. 7 in a cost-cutting move. The 38-year-old wasn’t looking for payback, but he got it with two second-half scoring tosses.
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”We haven’t done anything,” coach Todd Bowles said. ”We’ve won three games. By no means are we perfect. We’ve got to play a lot better to beat New England (next week) or anyone else.”
McCown threw a 2-yard TD pass to Austin Seferian-Jenkins in the third quarter and a 24-yarder to Jermaine Kearse in the fourth to give the Jets a 17-7 lead en route to their third straight victory.
Kearse’s TD capped a 97-yard drive after Jackson decided not to try a potential tying field goal – rookie kicker Zane Gonzalez missed two attempts in the first half – and went for it on fourth down.
However, running back Isaiah Crowell was stopped short by New York’s defense and McCown moved the Jets down the field, helped by a 34-yard pass on third down to tight end Eric Tomlinson.
Jackson said Gonzalez’s earlier misses factored into his decision, but he was confident that his defense would get the ball back in good field position.
While the choice to shun the field goal was debatable, Jackson’s conclusion to bench an ineffective Kizer for Kevin Hogan was the right move.
Hogan threw two touchdown passes, a 21-yarder to rookie tight end David Njoku and a 41-yarder to Duke Johnson in the final two minutes to pull the Browns within 17-14.
Cleveland tried an onside kick, but Jets linebacker Julian Stanford recovered it and McCown knelt three times to run out the clock. It is the first time in his 15-year career that McCown has won three consecutive starts.
When the game ended Cowboys Connor Williams Jersey , McCown chased down Jackson and put his arm around the embattled coach.
”I told him to hang in there,” McCown said. ”Fight the fight.”
With his future growing cloudy, Jackson opened the second half with Hogan, who came into training camp as the team’s forgotten No. 4 quarterback. Hogan brought a spark, driving the Browns to a touchdown – and their first lead of the season – on the opening possession of the third quarter.
”I didn’t think it was going in the right direction,” Jackson said of Kizer’s benching. ”That is why I made the decision to take him out. We go into every game trying to win. That is our goal. That is our job. That is my job. I’m not here just to get players better. That is part of it, but it is also to win. I think if there is a decision that needs to be made to win, that is the decision I am going to make.”
Kizer was understandably upset following the game.
”Frustrated for sure,” said the second-round pick, who has nine interceptions and a league-low 49.5 rating. ”This is all new to me. Being 0-5 is new to me. This organization and this city deserves wins.”
Kizer stood on the sideline next to Jackson wearing a baseball cap and blank expression as Hogan completed five straight passes, including his scoring pass to Njoku, who snared the pass with a diving, one-handed grab.
Jackson said he’ll wait to watch the tape before making a decision on his quarterback for next week when the Browns visit Houston.
While the Browns dropped to 2-30 in their past 32 games, they did finally get to see No. 1 overall draft pick Myles Garrett.
Garrett, who missed Cleveland’s first four games with a high ankle sprain, sat out the first two plays before recording a sack on his first snap.
He finished with two sacks in limited time.
”Sacks don’t mean anything if you don’t win#4#” Garrett said. ”It’s nice to have stats, but you have to get the dub (W) at the end of the day.”
The Browns squandered four scoring opportunities during a sometimes comical – and difficult to watch – first half in which they dominated statistically, but couldn’t get out of their own way.
Crowell fumbled a pitch inside New York’s 10, Gonzalez missed two field goals and Kizer threw an interception at the goal line.
Jets: RB Bilal Powell exited in the second quarter with a calf injury, forcing third-stringer Elijah McGuire into action. Starter Matt Forte was inactive for the second straight week with turf toe.
Browns: LB James Burgess sustained a left knee injury in the fourth and walked off. … Starting LB Jamie Collins missed his third straight game with a concussion.
Jets: Host New England next Sunday.
Browns: At Houston next Sunday.
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) Whether it was the weirdest interception of Marshon Lattimore’s football life or a ball-dislodging hit by Tyeler Davison near the goal line Vikings Jalyn Holmes Jersey , the Saints’ defense poetically tipped the scales in a long-awaited playoff-clinching victory.
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”We want the team to win because of the defense, not in spite of the defense, and I feel like we’ve all kind of hung our hat on that,” Davison said. ”We saw it in our mind and we turned it into real life, man Vikings Brian O'Neill Jersey , and it feels amazing. It feels just as you thought it would when you pictured it 100 times.”
Ted Ginn caught a 54-yard pass for a touchdown, which came a few plays after Lattimore’s interception and shortly before halftime. Mark Ingram used a sharp cutback to break loose for a 26-yard touchdown for New Orleans ( 11-4), which kept its tenuous hold on first place in the NFC South heading into the final week of the season.
While the loss eliminated the Falcons (9-6) from the NFC South race, Atlanta can clinch a wild-card berth by beating Carolina in the final regular-season game.
The Falcons entered the game with a second straight division crown within reach, but they needed to beat the Saints. They squandered chances spectacularly, much to the delight of a deafening Superdome crowd – and certainly to the chagrin of scattered fans wearing Falcons red. The Falcons were taunted on their way to the game by a plane towing a banner that read ”28-3 Merry Xmas,” a reference to Atlanta’s Super Bowl collapse.
Atlanta trailed 6-0 when Lattimore’s interception of Matt Ryan set the Saints up to double their lead.
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”That was my fault,” Freeman said. ”No matter what play is called, you’ve got to get in the end zone and score, and I’ve got to protect the ball. I’ve got to do better at that. I’m going to do whatever it takes to fix it.”
Early in the fourth quarter, Freeman was stopped on fourth-and-goal from the 1, preserving a 20-3 Saints lead. One play earlier, Julio Jones caught a third-down pass with his feet in the end zone, but he was unable to pull the ball across the goal line after reaching back to make the catch. Atlanta challenged the spot, but the call on the field was upheld.
”That’s kind of the tale of the day,” Ryan said. ”We can’t do that in these type of games and we missed too many opportunities.”
Lattimore, drafted 11th overall last spring out of Ohio State, said he’d never had a more unusual interception at any level of football. Lattimore had been beaten on the play and launched into a desperate dive as Ryan’s high pass deflected off the hands of receiver Marvin Hall and fell on Lattimore as he lay face down.
He curled his leg up on the ball to try to prevent it from touching the ground, reached back with his right hand to swipe it from players from both teams who grasped at it.
”I felt the ball on the back of my leg. I knew it didn’t touch the ground because everybody was trying to fight for it,” Lattimore said . ”I just went back and reached for it and got it.”
Drew Brees completed 21 of 28 passes for 239 yards. Ginn finished with 76 yards receiving and Michael Thomas – who’d been listed as questionable with a hamstring injury – caught four passes for 66 yards. Brees became the third quarterback in NFL history to eclipse 70#4#000 career yards passing, joining Peyton Manning and Brett Favre.
Ryan was 22 of 36 for 288 yards. He was sacked five times, twice by Cameron Jordan.
Jones had seven catches for 149 yards, but the Falcons’ running game struggled.
Freeman was held to 36 yards on 11 carries.
Falcons: Tight end Levine Toilolo was sidelined by a knee injury in the second half.
Saints: Left tackle Terron Armstead left the game in the second half with a thigh injury.
Falcons: Finish regular season at home against the Panthers.
Saints: Try to wrap up the division title at Tampa Bay on New Year’s Eve.
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