PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Eagles’ path to the Super Bowl begins this Saturday in the NFL divisional round. Here’s a thumbnail nuts-and-bolts look at the four games.
No. 6 Atlanta Falcons (11-6) at No. 1 Philadelphia Eagles (13-3)
Saturday, 4:35 PM ET (NBC)
Line: Eagles +3
This is the fourth postseason meeting between the teams and the first since 2004 when the Eagles defeated the Falcons in the NFC Championship Game 27-10 (January 23, 2005) to advance to Super Bowl XXXIX. The Eagles lead the all-time series 18-14-1, including the postseason. Philadelphia won the last meeting 24-15 in Week 10, 2016 (November 13).
The Falcons defeated the Los Angeles Rams 26-13 last week to advance to the Divisional Playoffs. Quarterback Matt Ryan threw a touchdown pass to wide receiver Julio Jones and posted a 101.8 passer rating. Ryan has registered a passer rating of at least 100 in five consecutive playoff games, tied for the second-longest streak in the Super Bowl era. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer Joe Montana (eight) owns a longer streak. Ryan has a 102.4 career postseason passer rating, the third-best mark in NFL history (minimum 150 attempts). Only Pro Football Hall of Famers Bart Starr (104.8) and Kurt Warner (102.8) have a higher mark.
Atlanta had two players selected to the 2018 Pro Bowl: wide receiver Jones and center Alex Mack.
The Eagles tied a franchise record with 13 wins (2004) and earned the No. 1 seed in the NFC for the fourth time since 2002. Philadelphia had six players selected to the 2018 Pro Bowl: guard Brandon Brooks, defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, tight end Zach Ertz, safety Malcolm Jenkins, tackle Lane Johnson and quarterback Carson Wentz.
Three Eagles had at least eight touchdown receptions this season: wide receivers Alshon Jeffery (nine) and Nelson Agholor (eight) and tight end Ertz (eight).
Philadelphia leads the all-time series, 18-14-1, including playoffs, though Atlanta has won three of the last four games. The Falcons’ playoff record: 10-13; the Eagles’ playoff record: 19-21. Record vs. common opponents: Falcons 5-1 (Car 1-1; Chi 1-0; Dal 1-0; LAR 1-0; Sea 1-0); Eagles 4-2 (Car 1-0; Chi 1-0; Dal 1-1; LAR 1-0; Sea 0-1).
No. 5 Tennessee Titans (10-7) at No. 1 New England Patriots (13-3)
Saturday, 8:15 PM ET (CBS)
Line: Patriots -13.5
This is the third postseason meeting between the teams and the first since the 2003 AFC Divisional Playoff (January 10, 2004) which New England won 17-14. The Patriots lead the all-time series 24-16-1,…