Foles shows off catching skills, Eagles beat Falcons 18-12

Special ‘Fiddy Two’ beer to kick off the Eagles season

In addition to this being the first game of the 2018-2019 National Football League season, this is a huge game for the Falcons and their fan base.

In this video from ESPN.com's Tim McManus, the fans don't seem to even notice the rain.

It was the same design the Patriots tried - and failed - to execute against the Eagles because Tom Brady dropped the wide-open pass.

The only thing worse than the odd lack of arm strength on Ryan's passes was the red zone play-calling and execution. Ronald Darby prevented Julio Jones from making a catch in the left corner of the end zone on the last play. At that point in the game, midway through the third quarter, Foles was still struggling to find his rhythm, and the Eagles had scored all of three points. Without Alshon Jeffery to stretch the field, who had been ruled out due to injury, Foles was forced to make short yardage passes as the Falcons zone marked well. On their second drive of the third quarter, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson dialed up a trick play on a third-and-5 from the Atlanta 41-yard line, which ended with receiver Nelson Agholor hitting quarterback Nick Foles for a key 15-yard pickup.

Stadium officials announced a new kickoff time of 8:55 p.m., more than 30 minutes after the game was originally scheduled.

Foles is reportedly set to be the starter for several weeks as Philadelphia tries to milk as much recovery time for Carson Wentz as humanly possible, but the Super Bowl LII MVP (ugh) looked every bit a career backup in Week 1. They were doing it all night (Jones was targeted 19 times and had 10 catches for 169 yards).

The NFL is opening its season by giving Philly fans one last celebration of their Super Bowl title before their team dives in to chase another.

The Patriots hold a slight edge over the Philadelphia Eagles, who have a 12 percent chance of repeating as Super Bowl champions, according to FiveThirtyEight. "So I think we learned that we have that".

In his first season as the team's offensive coordinator in 2017, Steve Sarkisian directed Atlanta to a No. 8 ranking in total offense.

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