NFL Kickoff 2018: ATLANTA FALCONS VS. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
Written by: LaSharon Allen, Atlanta Falcons Contributor | Instagram: @QueenofSports
The 2018 NFL Season kicked off with the Atlanta Falcons taking on the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles are the defending Superbowl Champs and they were not about to let anyone come into their house, Lincoln Financial Field and spoil the celebration.
The First quarter was one for the record books, the game had a 45 minute weather delay and that may have caused both teams to come out and play slow. I have to give it to both defenses they played real well. This was a sloppy, mistake-filled gamed that did have 26 penalties total by both teams. Phillies defense really did feed off the crowd’s energy and held the Falcons to a goal-line stand when Devonta Freeman was stopped short of the goal. The eagles stopped the Falcons three times at the 1 yard line. It seems like Atlanta has left off from last season where they had trouble finding the end zone. This is something that Head Coach Dan Quinn said he would definitely take a look at and work on. Could the OC be in the hot seat already?
After Ajayi’s 11-yard TD run and 2-point conversion gave the Eagles a lead with 2:25 left, Ryan led the Falcons down the field. He completed a 36-yard pass to Jones and connected with him again for 18 yards on third-and-17. The Falcons had a first down at the 10 but Ryan threw four straight incomplete passes. But a penalty on Jordan Hicks gave them one more chance and the Eagles held again. This is where the Eagles defense begin to come back alive.
Hold on the Falcons were not about to back down. So it seemed, Matt Ryan had a first down at the 10 but he threw four straight incomplete passes. There was a penalty on the Eagles Jordan Hicks and that gave the Atlanta Falcons one more chance but the Philly defense held again. Eagle’s coach Doug Pederson resorted to the “Philly Special” play that helped the Eagles beat the New England Patriots 41-33 in the Super Bowl. 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. Foles hit Zach Ertz for 18 yards on third-and-6 and Ajayi ran in a few plays later to put Philadelphia up 10-6.
There was still hope for the Falcons when Deion Jones intercepted the Super Bowl MVP a pass that bounced out of Dallas Goedert’s hands and Jones returned it 20 yards to the Philly 27, This set up a 9-yard run by Falcons running back Telvin Coleman that gave the Falcons a 12-10 lead after a missed extra point by Matt Bryant, that hit the right post.
Eagles survived the Falcons beating them 12-18! Falcons will host the Carolina Panthers 9/16/18 their division rival.
To some fans this looked more like an August Preseason game rather than the season one opener. I have to say that I look forward to seeing what both teams have to offer this year! Welcome back to Football!
Written by: LaSharon Allen (Queen of Sports) | Atlanta Falcons Contributor