Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Matchups: Falcons Get Second Chance to Slow Ajayi

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Matchups: Falcons Get Second Chance to Slow Ajayi

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Running back Jay Ajayi has already found success against the Atlanta Falcons this season, albeit not with the Philadelphia Eagles. Yet even with a stronger offensive line and supporting cast, duplicating or improving upon that production in this NFC divisional round playoff game could be difficult.

While still playing for the Miami Dolphins in a Week 6 meeting with the Falcons, Ajayi ran 26 times for 130 yards, the most Atlanta gave up to any one running back this season.

But Atlanta's front seven rush defense steadily improved since its last meeting with Ajayi, as no other rusher cracked 100 yards during the regular season. The Los Angeles Rams' Todd Gurley netted 101 rushing yards in last weekend's wild-card game but still was largely kept in check. Breakout linebacker Deion Jones and the rest of the defense should be able to focus on Ajayi, with the defense likely challenging Foles to prove he can beat it outside. …

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