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in a short pass behind the line of scrimmage J.J. Arcega-Whiteside Philadelphia Eagles Jerseys , got the blocks he needed and didn’t stop running until he was well past the end zone.The Philadelphia Eagles never had a chance.In the blink of an eye, Jones turned a fourth-down screen pass into a 54-yard touchdown with 2:10 remaining Sunday night. The Atlanta Falcons surrendered a huge play of their own on fourth down but came up with the defensive stop they needed to preserve a wild 24-20 victory.Article continues below ...Jones’ speed on the winning play was stunning, reaching an estimated 20 mph as he glided away from a futile swipe by Rodney McLeod and left Andrew Sendejo far behind.“OK, it’s a footrace now,” Jones said. “That was it. It really wasn’t like I had to try hard or anything like that. I just had to stay on course.”A sluggish game turned thrilling in the final minutes. The Falcons (1-1) squandered a 17-6 lead against an injury plagued team that lost two of its top receivers, falling behind for the first time when Carson Wentz dove over from the 1 with 3:13 left and then connected on a two-point conversion pass to give the Eagles a 20-17 edge.Philadelphia (1-1) had a chance at the end when Wentz converted on fourth-and-14, somehow getting off a pass with a rusher in his chest that Nelson Agholor hauled in between Keanu Neal and Ricardo Allen for a 43-yard completion to the Falcons 18.But Neal and Isaiah Oliver dragged down Zach Ertz less than a yard short of the marker on another fourth-down play inside the 10 to preserve a much-needed victory for Atlanta after a dismal performance in the season opener at Minnesota.It was Jones who really bailed out the Falcons — and became the franchise’s career leader in receiving yards with his winning score, passing Roddy White.“He’s had a lot of great ones, that’s for sure,” said quarterback Matt Ryan, who helped keep Philadelphia in the game with three interceptions. “It’s special for him to break a record that way, in such a critical situation, in such a clutch moment. That’s pretty cool.”On fourth-and-3 at the Falcons 46, Jones dropped behind the line to haul in Ryan’s short pass and got just enough of a pick from fellow receiver Mohamed Sanu to take out cornerback Rasul Douglas. Left tackle Jake Matthews squashed another defender with a crunching block out on the edge.Just like that, Jones was gone.“A big little play,” coach Dan Quinn called it.Jones crossed over the goal line and kept right on going, disappearing down the tunnel. He finished with five catches for 106 yards and two touchdowns, also hauling in a 4-yard score that gave the Falcons their 11-point lead early in the third quarter.The Eagles were hampered by injuries that took out receivers DeSean Jackson (groin) and Alshon Jeffery (calf) Philadelphia Eagles Jerseys Stitched , forcing them to go with backups Mack Hollins and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside much of the game.‘It was tough,” Wentz said. “Some of the stuff tonight you can’t make up. I’ve never seen guy after guy like that early in the ballgame, but guys stepped up. Guys were resilient. We came up a little short today, but I’m proud of the way the guys fought.”Wentz and the short-handed offense finally got going in the fourth quarter, completing eight straight passes for 72 yards on a drive that culminated with a quarterback sneak for the go-ahead touchdown. He finished 25 of 43 for 231 yards with two interceptions.“What a game he had,” Agholor said. “That’s one of the best performances I’ve seen from our quarterback, man. He’s very resilient, getting the ball to everybody.”BY THE NUMBERSJones now has 10,868 yards receiving in his career, pushing him past White’s franchise mark of 10,863.Ryan was 27 of 43 for 320 yards and three touchdowns, giving him 300 TD passes in his career. He is tied with John Elway for 11th place on the NFL’s career list.Atlanta’s Calvin Ridley had the second 100 -yard receiving game of his career, hauling in eight passes for 105 yards including a 34-yard TD.SLIPPING AWAYWith Jackson and Jeffery sidelined, Agholor stepped up to make eight catches for 107 yards and a TD.But he let a potential go-ahead score slip through his hands with under 2 minutes to go after breaking free down the left sideline.Agholor lost the ball in the lights of the retractable-roof stadium but said, “I’ve still got to make that play. That’s something we prepared for in pregame.”INJURY REPORT, PART IIFalcons rookie Kaleb McGary missed a good portion of the game after being helped off the field with a left knee injury.The offensive tackle went down near the midway point of the second quarter while protecting on a pass play but was able to return in the fourth quarter.Philadelphia lost another player before the game even began.Dallas Goedert sustained a calf injury, apparently in pregame in warmups, which left Ertz as the Eagles’ only tight end.UP NEXTPhiladelphia returns home next Sunday to host the Detroit Lions in the first meeting between the teams since 2016.The Falcons hit the road to face Indianapolis Cheap J.J. Arcega-Whiteside Jersey , which has won 14 of 16 meetings between the teams. After Jim Schwartz spoke to reporters on Tuesday, Eagles offensive coordinator Mike Groh took the podium and admitted Schwartz is a tough act to follow. He went on to talk about how Nick Foles and the entire offense has developed, particularly in the second half of the season, as well as how Carson Wentz continues to contribute.Here’s what the OC had to say:On Nick FolesGroh was asked what about Foles makes him thrive, particularly in the postseason, on third and fourth downs. He went on to say that there’s a lot that factors into that but the quarterback made good decisions and he had really good protection, and was able to finish his throwing motion and get the ball out quickly.Speaking about the offensive line, Groh noted that against a really good defensive front, they held up really well and did a great job protecting Foles throughout the contest. He also talked about how the receivers did a good job getting open, and they won their matchups throughout the night on the perimeter.Later, Groh talked about Carson Wentz’s contributions on the sideline and in the film room, and the OC noted that he’s been energetic and enthusiastic to help his team. He’s also been completely supportive of Nick Foles, but he’s also really bright and has good ideas and contributes during the game on the sideline as well.On the offense’s developmentHe was asked to build on Doug Pederson’s comments on Monday about this being a different team than the one that lost to New Orleans in November, and Groh agreed that they’ve improved a lot in the week’s since. Groh said of course every week there are things they want to improve, but they’ve been 6-1 since that game and he feels good about where they are offensively.He went on to say that they know they have a tremendous challenge ahead of them, and that New Orleans has a strong defense. But, Groh noted that they are excited about the opportunity to be in the divisional round.Since that last game against the Saints, the Eagles’ offense has been getting off to better starts and Groh also said that the defense has done a really good job getting off the field which gives them more opportunities.Pederson had mentioned on Monday that one of the reasons they’ve been so successful against excellent pass rushers was because of Joe Osman on the practice squad Youth J.J. Arcega-Whiteside Jersey , whose really helped during practice and has been giving good looks. Groh said he was excited to be asked about Joe, and said that he’s “busted his tail all season long” and is a better player because of how he approaches practice.Groh also talked about Dallas Goedert and how quickly he’s developed as a in-line blocker — something he wasn’t asked to do much of in college — and lauded him and his position coach for getting ready and performing at such a high level so quickly.Speaking of Goedert he also gave credit to the rookie for running a good route and making two big plays for the team on Sunday. He said it was important that the moment wasn’t too big for him in his first NFL playoff game. Goedert scored on the “fake Philly special” which was derived from the run division, and is called the “London Special” because they put it in in London.On Saints prepGroh was asked how facing Saints CB Eli Apple several times this season has helped with their preparation, and whether they target him specifically. He noted that Apple has been playing really well since joining the New Orleans team and they have a lot of respect for him, knowing that he’s made some big plays and has developed in his new system.He later also said that they anticipate having to use a lot of silent counts on Sunday given the loud nature of the Superdome and the New Orleans fans.On the run gameEarly on Groh echoed his frequent sentiment that they want to be committed to the run, and later he was asked about their use of the rushers, noting that Wendell Smallwood took a lot of carries against the Bears. The OC noted that Smallwood ran really well, and strong, was able to make some guys miss and break some tackles. He did say that Duce Staley really handles the rotation of the backs each week, and they’ve got a package for each of them so they know they have a role. Sometimes they see a guy having a hot hand and they try to feature him a bit more to keep him going.He was then asked about Josh Adams having a reduced role the past few weeks and only one snap against the Bears. Groh said that he’s a guy they had a package for, but they weren’t in a position on Sunday to use them, and Smallwood was playing well. The OC also noted that it was a game in which they wanted to be sure Darren Sproles had a lot of opportunities to contribute, quipping that if they didn’t get Sproles in the game much, there’d be questions about that too.