After a 45 minute weather delay the 2018 football season kicked off.
In a game full of flags there wasn’t too much notable action in the first half. The Atlanta Falcons went in with a 6-3 lead over the reigning champions.
The Eagles came out for the 3rd quarter much stronger. Just when the crowd at Lincoln Financial Field needed reenergizing, Running Back, Jay Ajayi scored a touchdown giving the home team a 10-6 lead, with a play reminiscent of the ‘Philly Special’ during Super Bowl LII, the one Tom Brady had failed to execute just moments before.
The Falcons were dealt a further blow in the 3rd quarter when safety Keanu Neal had to leave the field after suffering a knee injury, he did not return to the game. They didn’t let that stop them though. Starting the 4th quarter off strong they regained the lead through a Tevin Coleman touchdown.
It took until late in the 4th quarter for the season opener to get exciting with the Falcons defense doing all they could to stop the Eagles from inflicting damage. Unfortunately for them with 2:19 left on the clock they allowed Ajayi to run in to the end zone, followed up by a successful two-point conversion.
It all happened within the last 23 seconds, the Falcons had the ball in a promising position but quarterback Matt Ryan couldn’t find the pass. With 16 seconds left it was 2nd and goal, but Julio Jones just couldn’t catch it . With 1 second left, Jordan Hicks drew a flag for a push in the back resulting in a first down, Matt Ryan’s pass was caught this time, but it was out of bounds.
After a painstakingly close ending the Eagles got the job done, winning 12-18, giving their title defending campaign a boost.