"We knew what we were getting on this play", Clement said. In the third quarter of what has been an terrible game between the Falcons and Eagles, Julio Jones made the play of the game by hauling in a 52-yard catch from Matt Ryan. Now that Week 1 is officially in the books for Philadelphia, here are four key takeaways that stick out the most from the team's win over Atlanta on Thursday.
First was the odd decision not to have the team's best player, Julio Jones, on the field during the first failed red-zone trip.
"We made a ton of mistakes today", safety Malcolm Jenkins noted.
All of the Atlanta Falcons players stood at attention for the duration, as did the bulk of the Eagles, while the Philadelphia-bred R&B group Boyz II Men sang the anthem. The Falcons went with an empty set, and had Jones in the slot instead of outside. "Just were looking for a big play, somebody to make a play". Long snapper Josh Harris had his streak of 103 consecutive games played end because of a hip injury.
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Eagles fans have enjoyed the third quarter, at least.
"It's a credit to him and how well he's worked in the offseason and obviously in training camp", coach Doug Pederson said Friday.
Then again, maybe Agholor's task wasn't as hard as it looked.
NBC Sports Digital's live stream of last night's NFL Kickoff game ranks as its most streamed SNF game ever. Jenkins raised his fist during "The Star-Spangled Banner" previous year and in the first preseason game as one of the most high-profile National Football League players protesting racial inequality and other social injustices. Bennett mostly stayed off the field in the preseason.
The first half of the game was a slog, with both teams failing to produce a touchdown. However, collectively, their will broke down toward the end of the game.