Eagles hold off Falcons to begin title defense

Marcus Newton
September 9, 2018

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. The first two quarters of the match ended with Atlanta ahead, 6-3.

When asked what he called the play, Pederson responded: "Philly Philly".

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.

Falcons coach Dan Quinn wasn't pleased with his team's execution in the red zone in their 18-12 loss against the Eagles on Thursday night, but he also explained to his players that there is still time for improvement now only one game into the 2018 season.

That's right. Eagles fans obviously were not happy with the performance of their team, though, both squads on the field did not play an elite brand of football in the first half.

Foles, the Super Bowl MVP still filling in for Carson Wentz, played it safe and the offence was conservative until Pederson turned to his favourite play on third-and-5 midway through the third quarter.

"I went over there and talked to him and said, 'This might be a good time.' He pointed to the call sheet, and I was like, 'That's what I was coming over here for, '" Foles said.

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What did they name the play?

"I mean, it's a good play", Foles said.

"It was a play we had put in for this week".

If Atlanta could have at least proven it has moved on from its red-zone and other offensive issues that plagued it so often last season, there could be plenty to build on heading into the next game against Carolina.

"No panic, we're resilient", Pederson said. That long-ago game was hampered by an early start time; NBC pushed the 2008 Kickoff Game from 8 p.m.to 7 p.m. EDT in order to accommodate the news division's prime-time coverage of the Republican National Convention.

After the game, however, Johnson compared the trickery to another play that made an appearance in the Super Bowl.

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