Julio Jones fell down on the Falcons' biggest play of the season, and the Eagles escaped with a win



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  • The Philadelphia Eagles beat the Atlanta Falcons,
    15-10, on Saturday to advance to the NFC Championship.
  • On 4th-and-goal, with 1:05 to play, the Falcons
    attempted to go for the go-ahead touchdown, but wide receiver
    Julio Jones fell on the play, messing up the timing.
  • The pass was incomplete and the Eagles took control of
    the ball to seal the game.

The Philadelphia Eagles beat the Atlanta Falcons, 15-10, on
Saturday to advance to the NFC Championship.

With 1:05 remaining, trailing by five, the Falcons had the chance
to take the lead and put the Eagles in a corner as they attempted
to score a touchdown on 4th-and-goal.

Instead, as the Falcons snapped the ball and Matt Ryan rolled out
to the right, top wide receiver Julio Jones slipped in the end
zone, delaying the whole play.

Ryan had to backpedal and keep the play alive and he scanned the
end zone desperately before going back to Jones, who could not
win the jump ball over the Eagles’ Jalen Mills.

Here’s the play:

As NBC’s Cris Collinsworth noted before the snap, the Falcons
were going to run arguably their best play, the play they felt
most confident in, with the season on the line. Not only did the
call leave something to be desire, sometimes the line between
advancing in the playoffs and going home can be as thin as your
best receiver slipping in the end zone.

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