Falcons fall just short vs. Eagles in season opener, 18-12

Arnold Nichols
September 10, 2018

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.

Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby pushes Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones out of bounds on the final play of the game at Lincoln Financial Field. Without Alshon Jeffery to stretch the field, who had been ruled out due to injury, Foles was forced to make short yardage passes as the Falcons zone marked well.

"It's where we got it from".

Shortly after Philadelphia fans cheered as their team's Super Bowl banner was raised, they booed the Eagles off the field at the end of the first half thanks to a lackluster showing.

Jones accounted for 180 of Atlanta's 299 yards, and the team converted just one of five red zone attempts on the night.

"That was a huge momentum boost for us", Foles said.

After the game, Pederson shared name the name of the play that is sure to sit well with Eagles fans. "We trust our matchups and do we do our job". Instead, he reached into the Patriots' bag of tricks and stole the exact same play the Patriots ran against them in the Super Bowl. Tre Sullivan kicked a loose ball on a punt and the Falcons recovered the fumble at the Eagles 32. "I think with the additions of [DT] Haloti Ngata, [DE] Michael Bennett, [DE] Derek Barnett in his second year, [DE] Chris Long, I think having everybody on that D-line, on that rotating basis, keeps guys fresh and keeps a little pressure off of Fletcher just a little bit".

The 2008 Giants-Washington Kickoff Game, which moved up to 7 PM ET to accommodate the late John McCain's acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, had a 10.1.

Ryan and Jones and center Alex Mack are three of the league's best at their positions. The running game was nearly non-existent for the Eagles as well.

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