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


Philadelphia, the reigning Super Bowl champion, will be a tough out against everyone on its home turf. This one was called "Philly Philly" and Pederson said he borrowed it from New England's playbook.

Atlanta's drive resulted in a punt, when they should have been in the red zone.

Here's a look at the plays stacked on top of one another.

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.

The play was ruled incomplete, but the Falcons went ahead and challenged.

A lengthy weather delay, combined with a horrid first half did not help matters as the National Football League ratings hit a milestone that no one wanted - at least for one night.

RED ZONE WOES: The Falcons were 1 for 5 in the red zone after struggling inside the opponents' 20 past year.

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To quarterback Matt Ryan's credit, he did not blame offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian. According to ESPN Stats & Information research, Ryan is 1-of-20 over the past two seasons, including the playoffs, when targeting Jones in the end zone.

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 made a decision to go for it on fourth down.

Foles hit Zach Ertz for 18 yards on third-and-6 and Ajayi ran in a few plays later to put Philadelphia up 10-6. The Falcons had 15 infractions (their most since 1990) for 135 yards (most since 2007).

The Eagles weren't supposed to have to take the ball out of Foles' hands.

Eagles linebacker Jordan Hicks had 1½ sacks in his first game since rupturing his Achilles tendon last October.

Falcons safety Keanu Neal left the game with a knee injury in the first half but coach Dan Quinn said it doesn't appear serious.

Against New England, tight end Trey Burton took a flip from Clement on a reverse and threw a 1-yard TD pass to Foles to give the Eagles a 10-point halftime lead.