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PHILADELPHIA (AP) Quarterback Matt Ryan has another shot at a happy homecoming.
A berth in the NFC championship game is at stake when Ryan leads the Atlanta Falcons (11-6) against the Philadelphia Eagles (13-3) in a divisional playoff Saturday. Ryan Authentic Filip Forsberg Jersey , who grew up rooting for the Eagles and went to Philadelphia’s William Penn Charter School, is 1-3 at the Linc.
”I’m used to it now,” Ryan said about returning home. ”Playing as long as I have, I understand regardless of where we play you have to be at your best every week. The one nice part is there will be a lot of familiar faces, friendly faces after the game, which is always nice.”
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Ryan had his worst game of his MVP season last year in Atlanta’s 24-15 loss in Philly on Nov. 13, 2016. He was 18 of 33 for 267 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
”Obviously Bills Russell Bodine Jersey , there will be some scheme from that game that we’ll take, what went well and what didn’t go well and try to improve on that,” Ryan said. ”We’re a different team than we were last year when we played them and they’re a different team. It will be some carry over, but it will be a little bit different.”
Here’s some things to watch for when the teams meet in the playoffs for the first time since Philadelphia’s win over Michael Vick’s Falcons in the 2005 NFC championship game:
NICK’S UP: Nick Foles makes his fourth start since replacing Carson Wentz after the MVP candidate tore his ACL in Week 14. Foles played well in his first five quarters and struggled in the next five. He’s certainly a drop-off from Wentz, but he’s also capable of spectacular performances. Foles once tossed seven TDs in a game in 2013. He had four TDs in his first start in Week 15.
”There’s enough substance behind his career that merits having confidence,” Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich said.
`NORTHEAST’ NOISE: There’s crowd noise, and then there’s the noise generated by Philadelphia fans known for their intensity.
Falcons coach Dan Quinn seemed to search for a polite term to compare Eagles fans with the fans the team heard in last week’s wild-card win at the Los Angeles Rams.
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The Falcons have pumped in artificial noise in practice this week but will lean heavily on Ryan and center Alex Mack to use their experience with silent counts and hand signals.
”That’s huge,” said tight end Levine Toilolo. ”That’s where it all starts, coming off the ball, the cadence and stuff like that. We definitely work on that every week. Their fans, we’re expecting a loud crowd in a big playoff game.”
Mack said he expects Philadelphia’s fans ”to be really dedicated, really loud Raiders Brandon Parker Jersey , really involved. So it’s going to be a challenge just in terms of crowd noise.”
COMFORT ZONE: After leading the league in scoring in 2016, the Falcons finished the regular season 15th with first-year offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian.
Atlanta averaged 22.1 points per game, down from 33.8 last season.
Ryan says he has become more comfortable with Sarkisian, especially the last two weeks in wins over Carolina and the Rams.
”I think Sark has done a great job of finding who we are week to week, specifically the last two weeks I think he’s done a great job,” Ryan said.
STOPPING JULIO: The Eagles had some success against Julio Jones in their win last year, keeping him out of the end zone but allowing 10 catches for 135 yards. Jalen Mills held him to four catches for 48 yards when he was matched up against Jones. The second-year pro is confident he can contain Jones again. Ronald Darby will have to cover Jones when he’s on his side.
”You have to think the ball is coming to him each and every play Cheap Geron Christian Jersey ,” Mills said. ”Whether they’re having a run or a pass play, you’ve just got to think the ball is coming to him.”
MULTIPLE BACKS: Both teams have options in the backfield. The Falcons are led by Devonta Freeman, who had 865 yards rushing and seven TDs. Tevin Coleman had 628 yards rushing and five TDs. LeGarrette Blount led the Eagles with 766 yards rushing and scored two TDs. Jay Ajayi had 873 yards rushing and one TD combined with the Dolphins and Eagles. He ran for 130 yards against Atlanta in Miami’s win on Oct. 15.
AP Sports Writer Charles Odum contributed to this report.
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Los Angeles trailed the Western Conference-leading Vegas Golden Knights, 2-0, at Staples Center and it would have been a whole lot worse if not for a dozen sensational saves by goalie Jonathan Quick. Then the Kings rallied to tie it on Anze Kopitar’s one-timer with 10.8 seconds left in regulation, then pulled out a 3-2 victory in overtime when Dustin Brown smashed in a rebound of a Kopitar shot with 1:46 left in OT.
The victory moved Los Angeles (34-24-5, 73 points) into the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference and also within a point of third place Anaheim in the Pacific Division. Now the Kings and Golden Knights play again just 24 hours later for the final time in the regular season on Tuesday night at T-Mobile Center.
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That might be easier said than done. Vegas, which is 12 points ahead of San Jose in the Pacific Division, is an amazing 24-5-2 at home this season and blitzed Quick and the Kings in the only previous meeting at T-Mobile Arena, 4-2, on Nov. 19.
That game wasn’t as close as the final score indicates. Vegas scored on three of its first nine shots, sending Quick the bench midway through the first period. Darcy Kuemper finished up and made 30 saves.
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“Honestly, tomorrow matters even more now,” said Tyler Toffoli, who assisted on Brown’s game-winner. “We’ve just got to start preparing and be ready to go tomorrow in a really tough rink to play in.”
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Reaves made his debut in Monday’s night loss to the Kings and had a team-high four hits as well as a penalty in seven minutes on the ice. Tatar, who has 16 goals and 12 assists this season, is expected to join the team and play Tuesday night.
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“It happens to everybody,” Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said of Monday night’s tough loss. “I thought we played a great game. If we played this game over again the same way, I’d be happy again. I liked the way we played. It was a big point for us and they got two.”
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