Published: Sat, September 08, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Another Philly Special: Eagles outlast Falcons in National Football League opener

Another Philly Special: Eagles outlast Falcons in National Football League opener

Foles tried to throw the game away in the third quarter on back-to-back plays.

Foles hardly looked like Super Bowl MVP until coach Doug Pederson called his number in the third quarter when the offense needed a spark. With some quick moves, QB Nick Foles snagged a 15-yard pass from teammate Nelson Agholor on a reverse to seal an 18-12 victory for the Eagles and some respect from the more than just the fans at Lincoln Financial Field. "We had the right one on - if there's a double that goes to Julio, it goes to another player; if there's a double that goes to Mohamed or stays where it was, it goes somewhere else".

"It was a play we had put in for this week". Only in Philadelphia does the defending Super Bowl champion get booed in its home stadium.

But in case there wasn't enough proof you'd seen the Patriots fail to pull this off before, Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson removed all doubt, and let people know exactly how he felt in the process.

Matt Ryan threw five straight incomplete passes after the Falcons reached the 10-yard line, however, including one to Julio Jones on the final play of the game. A 45-minute weather delay, a missing starting quarterback on the Eagles, and a putrid 6-3 halftime lead in a game that finished 18-12 with 26 total penalties called. The play should have resulted in a big play but instead it nearly resulted in an interception.

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The game kicked off following a almost hour-long weather delay.

Here's a look at the plays stacked on top of one another. According to ESPN Stats & Information research, Ryan is 1-of-20 over the past two seasons, including the playoffs, when targeting Jones in the end zone.

Jay Ajayi had 62 yards rushing on 15 carries. He is being paid to play better.

Perhaps the most damming thing that can be said about Foles' performance on Thursday night, however, is that when the game mattered most the Eagles basically took the ball out of his hands.

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