The Latest Falcons Take Early 3-0 Lead Over Eagles

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The Latest on the NFL playoffs on divisional weekend (all times EST):

4:47 p.m.

Matt Bryant kicked a 33-yard field goal to give the Falcons a 3-0 lead after Eagles running back Jay Ajayi fumbled on the opening possession.

Nick Foles underthrew Torrey Smith on the first play from scrimmage but Brian Poole was called for a 42-yard pass interference penalty to put the Eagles at the Atlanta 33.

Ricardo Allen forced Ajayi to fumble on the next play and Matt Ryan drove the Falcons 59 yards into field-goal range. It was Ajayi’s second fumble in two games.

— Rob Maaddi reporting in Philadelphia.

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3:45 p.m.

The NFL divisional playoffs kick off Saturday with a doubleheader starting in Philadelphia where the Eagles (13-3) are the first No. 1 seed to enter their first postseason game as an underdog against the Atlanta Falcons.

The sixth-seeded Falcons (11-6) beat the Los Angeles Rams 26-13 in a wild-card game last week, slightly erasing the sting of their Super Bowl loss to New England. Atlanta is a 3-point favorite because Philadelphia is missing MVP candidate Carson Wentz. Nick Foles makes his fourth start.

The nightcap features the AFC’s top seed, the New England Patriots (13-3), and the No. 5 seed Tennessee Titans (10-7) at Foxborough, Massachusetts.

If Philadelphia wins, it will host the New Orleans-Minnesota winner next Sunday. If Atlanta wins, it will play the NFC championship game on the road at the Saints or Vikings.

The Titans-Patriots winner will play the Jaguars-Steelers winner next Sunday in the AFC title game.

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