The Eagles kicked off the 2018 National Football League season with an ugly 18-12 win over the Atlanta Falcons in Philly, and they took a play from New England's Super Bowl LII playbook to spark their offense.
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. Wearing his gold Hall of Fame jacket, former safety Brian Dawkins riled up the sellout crowd with owner Jeffrey Lurie by his side and led a chorus of "Fly Eagles Fly". This time, Foles caught a 15-yard pass from Nelson Agholor to extend a drive that ended with Ajayi scoring a go-ahead 1-yard TD run in the third quarter.
"It was the same play the Patriots used - the one that Tom dropped", he said after the game.
The perennial Pro Bowl selection routinely made life tough quarterback Matt Ryan and the Falcons' offense Thursday night. 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.
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. Give credit to them. The Eagles didn't work on the play much thereafter.
"That's a great defence and a great team, " Jones said. They were doing it all night (Jones was targeted 19 times and had 10 catches for 169 yards). "And then of course we were sort of struggling in the run game and just trying to get a rhythm and a feel and putting different guys in there in the second half".
Part of the reason for the Eagles' struggles in the passing game is personnel. After the game, head coach Dan Quinn talked about the team's need to improve their ability to score inside the 20, per Kelsey Conway.
"The ability to get back out there and have fun and celebrate and have passion no matter the play, it feels good", Hicks said.
The Eagles' offense was booed on its way to the tunnel for halftime after gaining just 68 yards on 30 plays.