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Philadelphia Eagles running back JAY AJAYI scores the first of two touchdowns in the third quarter against the Atlanta Falconds giving the Eagles a 10-6 lead. The Eagles went on to win their home opener 18-12.
Check out these 5 selected images from tonight’s NFL opener, won by the Philadelphia Eagles 18-12. This was one of the sloppiest football openers that I have seen in many years, with 26 penalties and in general poor play by both teams. The game was highlighted by two touchdowns by Eagles running back, JAY AJAYI, and the surprise use of the ‘PHILLY SPECIAL” play originated at last years Super Bowl. This time, trailing Atlanta with a 3rd and 5 midway through the third quarter, Corey Clement flipped the ball to Nelson Agholor who passed it to NICK FOLES for a 15yard gain leading to go ahead touchdown by JAY AJAYI. While the Eagles defense played well, particularly in the fourth quarter, the Eagles will have to significantly improve if they hope to repeat a Super Bowl champions.
Philadelphia Eagles running back, JAY AJAYI, runs for a first down in the second quarter of Super Bowl LII against the New England Patriots. The Eagles went on to win heir first Super Bowl 41-33.
Nick Foles rose to the occasion defeating the greatest quarterback ever to play in the NFL, Tom Brady by a score of 41-33.
Nick Foles, the backup quarterback who took over as Philadelphia’s starting quarterback only after an injury to Carson Wentz in Week 14, completed 28 of 43 passes for 373 yards and 3 touchdowns, and he even caught a touchdown pass in an offensive effort that few predicted he was capable of coming into the game. He repeatedly converted third down opportunities, threw aggressively into coverage all game, and appeared every bit as poised and confident as Brady, the five-time champion on the other side of the field.
The Eagles had offensive stars all over the field, with LeGarrette Blount rushing for 90 yards and a touchdown, Corey Clement contributing 108 yards of total offense, and Nelson Agholor catching 9 passes for 84 yards. But it was Zach Ertz, Foles’s favorite target, who got the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter when he dove over Devin McCourty for a thrilling 11-yard touchdown pass that stood up to a long review by the officials who were trying to determine if he had possession of the ball before it shot out of his hands in the end zone. Ertz finished the day with 7 catches for 67 yards.
Foles is the first player in NFL history to both throw and catch a touchdown pass in a Super Bowl.
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