PHILADELPHIA — Quarterback Matt Ryan has another shot at a happy homecoming.

A berth in the NFC final is at stake when Ryan leads the Atlanta Falcons (11-6) against the Philadelphia Eagles (13-3) in a divisional playoff game Saturday. Ryan, who grew up rooting for the Eagles and went to William Penn Charter School, is 1-3 in his hometown.

“I’m used to it now,” Ryan said about returning home. “Playing as long as I have, I understand regardless of where we play, you have to be at your best every week. The one nice part is there will be a lot of familiar faces, friendly faces after the game.”

Ryan had his worst game of his MVP season last year in a 24-15 loss at Philadelphia on Nov. 13, 2016. He was 18 of 33 for 267 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

“Obviously there will be some scheme from that game that we’ll take, what went well and what didn’t go well, and try to improve on that,” Ryan said. “We’re a different team than we were last year when we played them and they’re a different team. There will be some carryover, but it will be a bit different.”

Here’s some things to notice when the teams meet in the playoffs for the first time since Philadelphia’s win over Michael Vick’s Falcons in the 2005 NFC championship game:

NICK’S UP: Nick Foles makes his fourth start at quarterback since replacing Carson Wentz after Wentz tore his ACL in Week 14. Foles played well in his first five quarters and struggled in the next five. He’s a dropoff from Wentz but also is capable of spectacular performances. Wentz tossed seven TDs in a game in 2013. He had four TDs in his first start in Week 15.

“There’s enough substance behind his career that merits having confidence,” offensive coordinator Frank Reich said.

THE NOISE: There’s crowd noise and then there’s the noise generated by Philadelphia fans known for their intensity.

Falcons Coach Dan Quinn seemed to search for a polite term to compare Eagles fans with the fans the team heard in last week’s wild-card win at the Los Angeles Rams.

“I’m not going to say more passionate, but I would say more Northeast,” Quinn said with a smile.

The Falcons have pumped in artificial noise in practice this week but will lean heavily on Ryan and center Alex Mack to use their experience with silent counts and hand signals.

“That’s huge,” said tight end Levine Toilolo. “That’s where it all starts, coming off the ball, the cadence and stuff like that. We definitely work on that every week. Their fans, we’re expecting a loud crowd in a big playoff game.”

Mack said he expects Philadelphia’s fans “to be really dedicated, really loud, really involved. So it’s going to be a challenge just in terms of crowd noise.”

COMFORT ZONE: After leading the league in scoring in 2016, the Falcons finished the regular season 15th with first-year offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian.

Atlanta averaged 22.1 points per game, down from 33.8 last season.

Ryan said he’s become more comfortable with Sarkisian, especially the last two weeks in wins over Carolina and the Rams.

“I think (Sarkisian) has done a great job of finding who we are week to week, specifically the last two weeks I think he’s done a great job,” Ryan said.

STOPPING JULIO: The Eagles had some success against Julio Jones in their win last year, keeping him out of the end zone but allowing 10 catches for 135 yards. Jalen Mills held him to four catches for 48 yards when he was matched up against Jones. The second-year pro is confident he can contain Jones again. Ronald Darby will have to cover Jones when he’s on his side.

“You have to think the ball is coming to him each and every play,” Mills said. “Whether they’re having a run or a pass play, you’ve just got to think the ball is coming to him.”