Atlanta Falcons falter once again against the Philadelphia Eagles

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10 September, 2018

In a thriller to begin the season, the Eagles and Falcons played a game that was eerily similar to their Divisional playoff matchup in January.

Jay Ajayi scored two touchdowns, the second an 11-yard dash with 2:19 left in the game that put the Eagles ahead for good on a night when neither of the NFC's past two champs looked particularly Lombardi-worthy in a sloppy game marred by penalties and uninspired offense.

The group shut down Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons again in their season opener and now have a few extra days rest before hitting the road next week. "We kind of knew they were going to throw it to Julio".

"I've seen teams, and that I've been on personally, that would, to make the amount of mistakes that we made against a really good team, that frustration can build up in the players and the coaches and you can just break apart because you don't have the endurance to go a whole game".

The Falcons were able to move the ball well in between the sticks but once they reached the red zone, it seemed as though nothing would work.

Foles caught a 1-yard TD pass from tight end Trey Burton in the first half of Philadelphia's 41-33 win over New England in the Super Bowl.

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"That was a huge momentum boost for us", Foles said. "We trust our matchups and do we do our job".

Foles, who almost retired two years ago and started last season as the backup quarterback, was filling in Thursday for the Eagles' injured star Carson Wentz.

Hopefully Johnson has enough Patriots jokes in his arsenal to last him the whole season, because deflecting attention from how badly Foles is playing is going to require some serious slight of hand.

With a 13.4/5 in the metered markets, the post-midnight ending game is down 8% from last year's kickoff of September 7, 2017.

Prior to kicking off the National Football League season, the Eagles celebrated the accomplishments of 2017 one last time. "The one that Tom dropped", he told WIP after the game.

Eagles: WR Mack Hollins was placed on injured reserve hours before the game because of a groin injury.


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