Falcons Fall to Eagles in Season Opener

10 September, 2018, 10:30 | Author: Elena Meyer
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Despite a marvelous game from Julio Jones, the Atlanta Falcons ultimately came up just short and the Philadelphia Eagles won the opening game of the 2018 National Football League season, defeating the Falcons 18-12.

Falcons safety Keanu Neal left in the third quarter with a knee injury and did not return, after first hurting the knee in the second.

During the playoffs last season, the Atlanta Falcons had no red zone offense to speak off against the Philadelphia Eagles which led to them being knocked out. The Falcons added two field goals as well.

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Combined with a solid running attack and an above average offensive line Atlanta could struggle on the road. During the drive, Atlanta's Jones, who was held out of the preseason games and looked fresh and fleet, picked up 11 yards on a reverse and also caught a 33-yard pass deep in Philadelphia territory. The Falcons could not find the end zone in three ties and when head coach Dan Quinn made a decision to go for it on fourth down, Devonta Freeman was stuffed at the line of scrimmage.

Moreover, Atlanta converted four of fifteen third downs tonight. It was the longest play of the night for the Eagles at that point. The Falcons' only touchdown, a 9-yard run by Tevin Coleman, was set up by Deion Jones' interception.

Defensively the Falcons must stop the run and force Foles to make throws. However the officials ruled he didn't have possession, an arguably dubious verdict that was upheld when Falcons coach Dan Quinn challenged it. Their defense did an wonderful job tonight. Now Foles could be starting the next few games. The Patriots really did draw up the flawless play in the situation and if Brady had been able to catch that pass, they would've picked up a fresh set of downs. Deion Jones finished the night with nine tackles, leading the defense.

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