Matt Ryan gives Atlanta Falcons 10-6 lead on Philadelphia Eagles with impressive touchdown pass
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The Philadelphia Eagles defense had Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan stopped in the backfield inside the 10. But defensive end Derek Barnett couldn’t finish the sack, and Ryan made some playoff magic happen.
Ryan somehow spotted running back Devonta Freeman behind Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and defensive tackle Fletcher Cox for a 6-yard touchdown to give the Falcons a 10-6 lead on the Eagles with 5 minutes 41 seconds left in the second quarter.
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HOW?!?@M_Ryan02 somehow keeps the play alive and finds @devontafreeman for SIX. #InBrotherhood #NFLPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/Ku8YxzyBb2
— NFL (@NFL) January 13, 2018
The play helped swing momentum back to Atlanta after Philadelphia looked like it was finally gaining traction after a slow start. A 14-play, 86-yard drive had put the Eagles up 6-3, and the defense had held to force a Falcons punt.
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But the punt bounced off an Eagles player, and the Falcons jumped on it at the Philadelphia 18. A holding penalty by cornerback Jalen Mills and a personal foul by safety Rodney McLeod helped extend the Atlanta drive and move the Falcons into prime position for a score.
Ryan missed tight end Levine Toilolo in the flat, but with Freeman moving into space in the end zone, Ryan took advantage.
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