Red-zone struggles are something that have plagued the Falcons in back-to-back losses in Philadelphia, and while it's easy to blame offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, the fact of the matter is that Matt Ryan has always struggled in the red zone. The Falcons scored two plays later on a 9-yard Tevin Coleman run and the Birds trailed again, only to drive 54 yards to reclaim the advantage on an Ajayi 11-yard burst and then run for the 2-point conversion. But there are a few players who stood out above the rest in the dogfight this past Thursday night.
Foles caught another pass in a clutch spot to spark a sputtering offense that looked out of sync while the defense picked up right where it left off last time it faced Atlanta. This play - they called it "Philly Philly" - came with the wrinkle that Pederson actually swiped the design from the Patriots, who saw it end in a Tom Brady drop in the Super Bowl.
The Falcons had a first down at the 10 but Ryan threw four straight incomplete passes.
Hey, the Super Bowl champions gained 232 yards and gave away 101 in penalties.
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It was also a reminder of the "Philly Special" play Philadelphia used against New England on a fourth-and-goal in the Super Bowl, where tight end Trey Burton - now with the Bears - threw a touchdown to Foles.
Philadelphia's defence overcame a pair of blunders to temporarily preserve the lead.
Both the Eagles and Falcons are expected to be among the best teams in the league this year, and both have dreams of winning the loaded NFC and playing for the Lombardi Trophy. A sack by Fletcher Cox on third down was negated by Derek Barnett's offside penalty to keep the drive going. On the interception in the red zone, Ryan said he "threw it with too much touch". The cocky right tackle was sure to point out the difference.
On a hot, muggy night, it looked more like an August preseason game than a playoff rematch. That play was called "Philly Special" but Foles said "Philly Philly" in the huddle. Jones only had three TD catches last season. Bennett mostly stayed off the field in the preseason.
To add more injury to that, the 2017 8:42 PM ET-starting season opener between the victorious Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots ended up with a weak 7.7/29 rating among adults 18-49 and 21.8 million viewers. He wandered behind teammates near the bench and adjusted his equipment this time.