Ajayi inspires Eagles to winning start against Falcons

Dean Simpson
September 10, 2018

"I went over there and talked to him and said this might be a good time and he pointed to the call sheet and said that's what I was coming over here for, so it worked again", said Foles.

Pederson admitted after the game that this version of the "Philly, Philly" was nearly a direct copy of what the Patriots ran against the Eagles in the Super Bowl.

The opening kickoff was delayed by 45 minutes due to thunderstorms.

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

On a night when he struggled noticeably, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan's final pass to Julio Jones in the end zone fell incomplete, producing a similar outcome to Atlanta's divisional playoff heartbreaker at Lincoln Financial Field in January.

The hosts are without quarterback Carson Wentz as he continues to recover from knee ligament injuries, with Nick Foles expected to continue in Doug Pederson's team until October-time.

After Ajayi's 11-yard TD run and 2-point conversion gave the Eagles a lead with 2:25 left, Ryan led the Falcons down the field. Yes, Wink picks the Falcons to hoist the the Lombardi Trophy this February at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, site of Super Bowl LIII. Ajayi moved with his parents to the USA when he was seven years old. "We needed to do something. We needed to make a big play".

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. Just because the Eagles are defending champions doesn't necessarily mean they're guaranteed to have plenty of success in 2018, and if they don't improve in certain areas following Thursday's game against the Falcons, the team could be in for a long season.

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