Matt Ryan falters in Falcons' opening loss

Matt Ryan falters in Falcons' opening loss

In the third quarter, Doug Pederson called a variation of the "Philly Special" that became the highlight of the team's Super Bowl win over the New England Patriots in February. The Falcons led 6-3 at the half on a pair of Matt Bryant field goals.

The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Atlanta Falcons 18-12 on Thursday night in the first game of the 2018 National Football League season.

The defence fed off that energy with a strong goal-line stand on the opening series, stopping the Falcons three times at the 1.

We can just add his presence for the ceremony on Thursday evening to what will be nothing less than a massive block party in Philadelphia.

Burton played two seasons with the Eagles and ended his stint in Philly with a bang. And perennial Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters was back anchoring the blind side in front of Foles.

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They made a decision to run the "Philly Special" - only this time, it was dubbed the "Philly, Philly".

By the time the Falcons realized what hit them, Agholor found a streaking Foles wide open down the sideline for a 15-yard gain and first down. "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".

On a hot, muggy night, it looked more like an August preseason game than a playoff rematch. Fans consumed 108 million live streaming minutes across 2.0 million unique devices, up 31% and 55%, respectively, from last year's NFL Kickoff Game. The main difference being that Tom Brady dropped that pass and Foles was able to hold on to.

Those who stuck around to watch the end of the game, that lasted past midnight for folks on the East Coast, were treated to a riveting conclusion with the Falcons last second attempt at a game-winning touchdown.

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