Eagles Open Title Defense With Win Over Falcons

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Defending champion Philadelphia Eagles booed off their home field to end first half of season opener

While you never want to overreact to the first game of the season, it's clear that the Falcons red zone woes go well beyond their past two games played.

The Eagles unveiled their championship banner before the start of the contest which was delayed 45 minutes because of heavy rain. The Falcons could not find the end zone in three ties and when head coach Dan Quinn made a decision to go for it on fourth down, Devonta Freeman was stuffed at the line of scrimmage.

Trailing 3-6 to open the second half, Philadelphia came out flying and turned the tables after getting momentum from a play that may look a bit familiar.

"There was no panic on the sideline", said Eagles coach Doug Pederson. Ronald Darby prevented Julio Jones from making a catch in the left corner of the end zone on the last play. Then again, the Falcons allowed the Eagles to convert eight out of 16 third downs, and fell for the "Philly Special" reboot.

The 29-year-old Texan Foles completed 19-of-34 passes for a total of 117 yards.

While not all 32 teams are Super Bowl contenders, many teams around the league feel like they have a chance.

The Eagles will be facing a Super Bowl hangover this season as the magic of Nick Foles wears off and Carson Wentz struggles to get healthy.

The Eagles capped the drive with a one-yard, go-ahead touchdown run by Ajayi, who was born in London, and a conversion to take the lead.

The NFL kicked off its 99th season on Thursday night at Lincoln Financial Field without a major display of protests during the national anthem. "We needed to do something". "We trust our players, so when we get down to it, it's nothing complex. I know people want to talk about a lot of other things, but I just really want to stick on football and focus on being the best I can be for this team".

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