Eagles' defense came to the rescue in opener

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On Thursday night, the Eagles couldn't move the ball against the Falcons, so Doug Pederson dug into his bag of tricks and called for "Philly Philly", a brilliant trick play that got the Eagles a first down and kickstarted their come-from-behind win. On that play, it was Burton who threw the pass to Foles, only then it was a touchdown. "We build on this, we keep building".

A 45-minute weather probably kept the game from attracting even more people.

Matt Ryan and head coach Dan Quinn of the Atlanta Falcons.

"Alshon Jeffery won't be there and they've got some issues with the defensive line".

All of the Atlanta Falcons players stood at attention for the duration, as did the bulk of the Eagles, while the Philadelphia-bred R&B group Boyz II Men sang the anthem. Ronald Darby prevented Julio Jones from making a catch in the left corner of the end zone on the last play.

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

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Foles earned the MVP award in leading Philadelphia to their first National Football League championship since 1960.

Another version of this play helped define the Eagles' historic win in Super Bowl LII over the New England Patriots. 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.

Atlanta regained the lead through a Tevin Coleman, run but the Eagles responded with Ajayi's second and held on despite some fierce late pressure. Ajayi moved with his parents to the USA when he was seven years old.

Good for the Eagles for executing the play and winning the game.

"It was the same play the Patriots used - the one that Tom dropped", he said after the game.

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

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