After seeing their "world champions" banner unveiled, the Philadelphia Eagles took the first step toward trying to become the first team to repeat in 14 years by stopping Matt Ryan to Julio Jones on the final play again in an 18-12 victory over the Falcons on Thursday night.
"Crazy, right?" safety Rodney McLeod said. "Those are things that you like to see from your top players". "We knew coming in this was going to be a good matchup defensively, offensively and all in different areas but that part of our game clearly tonight we didn't execute at the level we'd like and we've got work to do". I went up and wanted the football.
It's a week for road teams, as we're going to back Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Seattle. "It was a great feeling when it was incomplete". In the third quarter with the offense desperately needing a spark, they pulled off another "Philly Special", this one called "Philly Philly", to gain a massive first down and valuable momentum on the way to a go-ahead touchdown.
Jay Ajayi scored two touchdowns, the second an 11-yard dash with 2:19 left in the game that put the Eagles ahead for good on a night when neither of the NFC's past two champs looked particularly Lombardi-worthy in a sloppy game marred by penalties and uninspired offense.
Tre Sullivan kicked a loose ball on a punt and the Falcons recovered the fumble at the Eagles 32.
On Wednesday, Bud Light unveiled a nine-foot, bronze effigy outside Lincoln Financial Field. With owner Jeff Lurie by his side, Dawkins then led a chorus of "Fly Eagles Fly", accompanied by more than 70,000 fans.
After the game, Pederson shared name the name of the play that is sure to sit well with Eagles fans. Like the previous loss, Thursday night's failure ended with a boundary pass Jones couldn't corral in bounds. That was after an extra chance for Atlanta after Eagles linebacker Jordan Hicks was called for illegal contact on fourth-and-goal from the 10.