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Philadelphia Eagles’ Jay Ajayi, right, is hit by Atlanta Falcons’ Robert Alford during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

How it happened

Score at halftime: Falcons 10, Eagles 9

Score after third quarter: Eagles 12, Falcons 10

Team net rushing yardage: Falcons 86, Eagles 96

Team net passing yardage: Falcons 196, Eagles 238

Penalties-yards: Eagles

Eagles’ best number: 246 (Nick Foles passing yards)

Eagles’ worst number: 2 (first-half turnovers that led to Atlanta’s 10 points)

You had to be there

The crowd roared and waved white towels when injured quarterback Carson Wentz went out to midfield for the pregame coin toss.

Three stars

1. Foles (23-for-30, 246 yards, 0 turnovers)

2. Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills (key pass defense on final play)

3. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (210 yards passing, one TD)

Turning point

The game wasn’t decided until the final seconds. Atlanta drove to the Eagles’ 2-yard line before Mills broke up Ryan’s fourth-down pass toward wide receiver Julio Jones in the end zone to clinch the win.

Eagles’ best play

Wide receiver Nelson Agholor set up running back LeGarrette Blount’s second-quarter TD with a 21-yard run off an inside counter. It was the Eagles’ longest run in the postseason since Correll Buckhalter’s 27-yard gain against Minnesota in the 2008 playoffs.

Eagles’ worst play

The offense got off to a terrible start. Running back Jay Ajayi fumbled on his first carry. The Falcons recovered and went on to kick a field goal to take the lead.

Did you notice?

Jay Ajayi’s fumble on his first carry quieted the crowd. ... The Falcons were called for two questionable pass interference penalties in the first quarter. ... Foles got off to a very shaky start ... Eagles tight end Trey Burton barely missed blocking a punt in the first quarter. ... Jake Elliott missed his fourth extra point of the season but hit a 53-yard field goal to end the first half. ... The field goal was set up when Foles’ pass bounced off Falcons safety Keanu Neal’s knee and was caught by wide receiver Torrey Smith for a 20-yard gain. ... Ajayi sat out most of the second quarter but was back for first series of the second half. ... The Eagles’ defense dominated most of the second half.

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