Bad Start: NFL Ratings Down Big In Season Opener

Kristopher Nichols
September 9, 2018

Lincoln Financial Field was rocking on Thursday with the Philadelphia Eagles playing for the first time since taking home their first Super Bowl title in franchise history last February, as it was a nigh of celebrations all around. The Falcons led 6-3 at the half on a pair of Matt Bryant field goals. In the third quarter with the offense desperately needing a spark, they pulled off another "Philly Special", this one called "Philly Philly", to gain a massive first down and valuable momentum on the way to a go-ahead touchdown.

Jay Ajayi had a pair of touchdown runs, Nick Foles caught another pass to jump-start a sputtering offence and the defending champion Philadelphia Eagles needed another defensive stand to open the National Football League season with an 18-12 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night.

It wasn't pretty, but the champs opened their title defense with the 18-12 win.

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.

After the game, Pederson and offensive lineman Lane Johnson confirmed that they took the play from the Patriots.

Midway through the third quarter, the Eagles were facing a critical 3rd-and-5 from the Atlanta 41.

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"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.

Good for the Eagles for executing the play and winning the game.

What did they name the play? "We needed a little boost, a little something, we needed to make a play, so it was just the right time for it". And I think when we get those changes again, we're going to come up with those plays. "We were on the correct hash mark and it was the right time of the 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.

"Offensively, we were sort of misfiring a little bit", Pederson said.

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