Chris Long

Underdog Eagles shut down Falcons to advance to NFC championship game

Underdog Eagles shut down Falcons to advance to NFC championship game

The Atlanta Falcons broke the huddle, two yards away from victory, and All-Pro receiver Julio Jones lined up on the right side.

Philadelphia cornerback Jalen Mills — his team clinging to a five-point lead — couldn’t hear a sound, even though the crowd at Lincoln Financial Field was loud as a jet engine.

“Can’t hear the crowd, but you can feel them,” Mills would say later. “You can feel that energy. The ground felt like it was shaking out there, it was so loud. When they broke the huddle and I saw [Jones] come to my side, I said, ‘I know where the ball’s coming.’

“As a true competitor, you love that. You live and die for that.”

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