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Philadelphia Eagles beat Atlanta Falcons 18-12 in National Football League season opener

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Eugene Bates | 10 September, 2018, 10:32

The Eagles are hosting the new season's first match after ending a 51-year wait for a Super Bowl crown last season, beating the New England Patriots 41-33.

A 45-minute weather probably kept the game from attracting even more people. Ironically, it was the same end zone where the Falcons season ended eight months ago.

The past two NFC champs both looked rusty to start their season opener before the offences finally got untracked in the second half.

It happened against the Atlanta Falcons and it worked thanks to some help from head coach Doug Pederson. The Falcons also hoped to get Julio Jones involved in play as much as possible and it worked between the sticks but when he was targeted just three times in the end zone, Ryan and Jones could not connect. Of course, the Eagles were hardly at full strength with quarterback Carson Wentz (knee) and receiver Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) still not ready to play. Then again, the Falcons allowed the Eagles to convert eight out of 16 third downs, and fell for the "Philly Special" reboot.

The Eagles capped the drive with a one-yard, go-ahead touchdown run by Ajayi, who was born in London, and a conversion to take the lead.

"Nick Foles is the Super Bowl MVP". Ajayi moved with his parents to the United States when he was seven years old.

After the game, Pederson and offensive lineman Lane Johnson confirmed that they took the play from the Patriots.

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. "We needed to do something".

We can just add his presence for the ceremony on Thursday evening to what will be nothing less than a massive block party in Philadelphia. "When you have to make the plays, you either make them or you don't".

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