Eagles beat Falcons 18-12

Lynette Rowe
September 7, 2018

After watching an bad 16 quarters of the preseason, the Philadelphia Eagles come away with an important win to kick off the regular season. Last evening, that was clearly evident as he completed 2-of-10 passes for just 13 yards with one interception inside Philadelphia's 20-yard line.

The Falcons had driven 70 yards on 12 plays before coming up short, as Jones made three grabs for 60 yards on the series, including an 18-yarder on third-and-17. "We just put different people in the game", he told Bleeding Green Nation. Sure, Ryan had some success throwing to Jones, who caught 10 passes for 169 yards on 19 targets.

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

First, Hall of Famer Brian Dawkins addressed the fans, then owner Jeffrey Lurie walked onto the field holding the Lombardi Trophy and then the sheet covering the "2017 World Champions" banner was unveiled next to the smaller 2013 NFC East Division Champions banner. The first touchdown wasn't scored until the 3rd quarter when Eagles RB Jay Ajayi rushed in an 11-yarder, regaining the lead 10-6.

Jay Ajayi had 62 yards rushing on 15 carries. 'Jones is one of the best but we got the stop'. Second-year offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian spent plenty of time in the offseason trying to improve the team's scoring efficiency. "Our defense did a great job". The majority of Jones' yards didn't really come on tough catches either - he seemed to consistently find his way into the holes of the Eagles' defense. The secondary also came up big in the red zone.

"Crazy, right?" safety Rodney McLeod said.

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Special teams: Special teams were viewed as a question mark going into training camp.

Punter Cameron Johnston, who had never kicked in an National Football League game prior to Thursday night, had a stellar National Football League debut.

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) passes against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field.

Punter Cameron Johnston did well, averaging 54 yards a punt.

On third-and-5 from the Falcons' 41-yard line, Foles took the shotgun snap from Jason Kelce and gave it to running back Corey Clement on an inside handoff. Early in the drive, however, Kazee knocked the ball loose from rookie tight end Dallas Goedert, allowing linebacker Deion Jones to pluck the ball out of the air for an interception deep in Eagles territory.

The issue were the players around him. Special teams coach Dave Fipp is going to have his work cut out for him this week.

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