NFL Season Opener: Twitter Reacts To Falcons' Loss To The Eagles

Heather Diaz
September 8, 2018

Foles walked off the field a victor on Thursday night over the Falcons, but there is no way either the team or the Super Bowl LII MVP can feel good about how he played.

"It's great to have it at the right time if you can catch a team (off guard)", Foles said. When you're down closer, obviously you can't throw over a defender anymore. "It just comes down to making a play here or there".

"So, we were pleased with where [the plays were created to go]. It just showed we've got plenty of work ahead of us to do".

With only Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett taking to the bench in protest during the national anthem, when things finally did kick off on NBC just after 9 PM ET, it certainly didn't seem to be the most inspiring game. "It's not what we wanted on our first outing and our first chance to play well down in the red zone". Our execution will be better.

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Ryan finished 21 of 43 for 251 yards and an interception, while Jones had 10 grabs for 169 yards, well over half of the Falcons' 299 yards of total offense. In the third quarter of what has been an bad game between the Falcons and Eagles, Julio Jones made the play of the game by hauling in a 52-yard catch from Matt Ryan.

Atlanta's defense kept it in the game, and the Falcons had an opportunity down in the red zone to earn a victory in the game's final seconds. Foles barely looked like the quarterback who outdueled Tom Brady several months ago, as he only generated 65 yards on 18 passes, while also getting sacked twice. The read was correct in terms of where we wanted to go.

Matt Ryan threw five incompletions from the 10-yard line in the final seconds, including a 5-yard fade caught by Julio Jones on the final play, but Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby kept Jones from coming down inbounds. According to ESPN Stats & Information research, Ryan is 1-of-20 over the past two seasons, including the playoffs, when targeting Jones in the end zone.

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