Eagles' defense came to the rescue in opener


"We needed to do something", Foles told NBC of the "Philly Special II" in an on-field interview postgame.

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.

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

But the dropped passes, including some potential interceptions, and silly errors such as a blocker on the punt team letting the ball touch his foot, looked like something straight out of, well, an exhibition game. "But every time we got out there, we dealt with the situation".

During a halftime of the NFL's opening night game between the Eagles and Falcons, there was a third bird in the stadium at halftime: the boo bird.

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Of course, the play only works if Foles - unlike Brady - catches the ball.

Atlanta's defense had a relatively strong night, holding the Eagles to 232 yards of total offense. They would only reach the end zone one more time in an 18-12 victory, but the offense seemed to loosen up from that point on. That's not how the league wanted to kick off the regular season, and while it got sort of exciting at the end, the overall recipe was a bad one for ratings.

The Eagles win came thanks to a huge defensive effort, with Philadelphia forcing three game-changing red zone stops including one in the final seconds of the game.

Deion Jones then intercepted Foles' pass that bounced out of Dallas Goedert's hands and returned it 20 yards to Philadelphia's 27, setting up Tevin Coleman's 9-yard TD run that gave the Falcons a 12-10 lead in the fourth quarter. However the officials ruled he didn't have possession, an arguably dubious verdict that was upheld when Falcons coach Dan Quinn challenged it.

"Nobody was in. We were in goal line", Jones said of the personnel on the field for the first scoring opportunity. Trey Burton made it look easy in the Super Bowl. In fact, ever since I learned that Nick Foles was going to be the starter, and that Wentz was still recovering, my confidence shot sky high.