Published: Sat, September 08, 2018

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

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

Now, that's how you catch a football. Philadelphia, the reigning Super Bowl champion, will be a tough out against everyone on its home turf. Their domination in the red zone started on the first drive of the game when they stopped the Falcons on three plays in a row from the one-yard line, forcing a turnover on downs.

"I reminded the team that last night isn't going to define us, in terms of our red-zone play for the year", Quinn said. They were strong on third down, allowing the Falcons to complete just four-of-15 third-down attempts.

The Eagles, meanwhile, ran their own trick play - "The Philly Special" - which was a pass from tight end Trey Burton to Foles.

Philadelphia's defence overcame a pair of blunders to temporarily preserve the lead.

Cox registered one sack himself, but his pressure helped his teammates wreak havoc in the Atlanta backfield on multiple occasions, including once in the fourth quarter when he pushed the pocket into Ryan's face, which helped defensive end Chris Long and linebacker Jordan Hicks combine for the sack.

As a whole, the Falcons were able to move the ball against a good Eagles defense. But Rasul Douglas intercepted Ryan's pass at the 4.


Instead, the Falcons offered more of the same inside the 20-yard line. Matt Bryant hit the right post on the extra point.

Atlanta last visited Philadelphia in the Divisional Round playoff game.

Here's a look at the plays stacked on top of one another. The Eagles didn't work on the play much thereafter. 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. Jones ended the game with 10 receptions on 19 targets for 169 yards - zero catches coming in the red zone. Bennett mostly stayed off the field in the preseason.

Falcons: S Keanu Neal left the game with a knee injury in the first half.

Falcons: Host the Carolina Panthers on September 16.

Meek Milly went to Instagram Friday (September 7) with an energetic anthem highlighting Eagles moments.

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