Published: Sun, September 09, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Eagles Use Patriots' Verision Of 'Philly Special' Against Falcons

Eagles Use Patriots' Verision Of 'Philly Special' Against Falcons

Matt Ryan had a particularly brutal night throwing the ball.

The Atlanta Falcons and the Philadelphia Eagles meet on Thursday night in the opening matchup of the 2018 National Football League season. One, last night's game peaked with a 14.8/25 in the 9:30 - 9:45 PM ET period during the first quarter, which says a lot about viewership patterns. We don't know in week one.

The reigning Super Bowl Champions will host the Falcons in Philadelphia. Wearing his gold Hall of Fame jacket, former safety Brian Dawkins riled up the sellout crowd with owner Jeffrey Lurie by his side and led a chorus of "Fly Eagles Fly".

"We put a big emphasis on red zone", safety Malcolm Jenkins said.

NBC ad sales execs waiting for the Nielsen report to come in assumed that the Falcons-Eagles slog would struggle to find its footing, given the inordinately long delay and the sheer torpor that seemed to have left both teams playing in quicksand. He had 10 receptions for 169 yards but didn't score.

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The play was ruled incomplete, but the Falcons went ahead and challenged. A penalty on Jordan Hicks gave them one more chance and the Eagles held again.

The Eagles coach Doug Pederson confirmed the "Philly Philly" was actually the failed trick play the Patriots attempted in a post-game interview.

With the Eagles needing a spark as they trail Atlanta, 6-3, wide receiver Nelson Agholor took the ball while running on a reverse and heaved a pass downfield to Foles for a 15-yard pass completion.

"It was in our third-down men", Pederson said. In the third quarter of what has been an bad game between the Falcons and Eagles, Julio Jones made the play of the game by hauling in a 52-yard catch from Matt Ryan.

"It's great to have it at the right time if you can catch a team (off guard)", Foles said.

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