Atlanta Falcons falter once again against the Philadelphia Eagles

Atlanta Falcons falter once again against the Philadelphia Eagles

"We're going to go back and look, for sure, and you know we put a good bit of work in there and we still have more to do", Quinn said.

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.

The Eagles unveiled their championship banner before the start of the contest which was delayed 45 minutes because of heavy rain. Ironically, it was the same end zone where the Falcons season ended eight months ago.

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Matt Ryan threw five incompletions from inside 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.

The Eagles had just 68 total yards in the first half as Nick Foles averaged 3.6 yards per pass attempt. Getting star quarterback Carson Wentz back should also provide a boost.

It was reminiscent of the Philly Special they ran in the Super Bowl, when Foles caught a touchdown pass from tight end Trey Burton.

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And Chris Wesselling, the presenter of the Around The NFL podcast, fears Foles may face being axed despite leading the Eagles to Super Bowl glory earlier this year and being crowned the Super Bowl MVP.

Atlanta regained the lead through a Tevin Coleman, run but the Eagles responded with Ajayi's second and held on despite some fierce late pressure.

They made a decision to run the "Philly Special" - only this time, it was dubbed the "Philly, Philly". "We needed to do something. We needed a little boost, a little something, we needed to make a play, so it was just the right time for it".

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Jim Schwartz's defense ranked fourth in opponent yards (306.5), points per game (18.4) and takeaways (31) last season.

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