Eagles Use Patriots' Verision Of 'Philly Special' Against Falcons

Sherman Parsons
September 9, 2018

Compared to a year ago, the season opener, starring the reigning Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles and the previous season's runner-up Atlanta Falcons, was down a troubling 8%, managing just a 13.4/5 in the metered markets, according to Deadline.

The Falcons reached the red zone on their very first possession of the game, and they even ran three straight plays from the 1-yard line after Quinn chose to go for it on fourth down. In the third quarter with the offense desperately needing a spark, they pulled off another "Philly Special", this one called "Philly Philly", to gain a massive first down and valuable momentum on the way to a go-ahead touchdown.

For the Falcons, though, that's not the case after their 18-12 loss to the Eagles on Thursday Night. He missed running back Devonta Freeman on what should have been a touchdown pass during a third-and-goal play from the Eagles' 1-yard line on the team's first series.

"I went over there and talked to him and said, 'This might be a good time, '" Foles said of head coach Doug Pederson.

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"Offensively, we were sort of misfiring a little bit", Pederson said.

"Us executing that play at the end, we've got to nail that", Quinn said.

"I really believe we're going to make those plays as we move forward", an optimistic Ryan said after the game, via Vaughn McClure of ESPN. He called it. It was the right time again. Second-year offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian spent plenty of time in the offseason trying to improve the team's scoring efficiency.

Ryan finished 21 of 43 for 251 yards and an interception, while Jones had 10 grabs for 169 yards, well over half of the Falcons' 299 yards of total offense. The running game was nearly non-existent for the Eagles as well. Jay Ajayi would score from 1 yard out later in the drive to give the Eagles their first lead of the game.

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