Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Eagles fans kick of 2018 National Football League season at Penn's Landing

Eagles fans kick of 2018 National Football League season at Penn's Landing

Later, the "Philly Special" returned to help catapult Philadelphia past the Atlanta Falcons 18-12 in the NFL's 2018 regular-season opener.

"I went over there and talked to him and said this might be a good time and he pointed to the call sheet and said that's what I was coming over here for, so it worked again", said Foles. But while the Eagles offense started out undeniably sloppy, the Falcons offense was running like a well-oiled machine - until they got to the red zone.

Thursday night began with a "special Philly" kind of moment as the Eagles unfurled the first Super Bowl banner in franchise history. A sack by Fletcher Cox on third down was negated by Derek Barnett's offside penalty to keep the drive going. And perennial Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters was back anchoring the blind side in front of Foles.

Based on what he said, we should expect it to remain a theme throughout the season.

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Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) moves out to pass against the Los Angeles Rams during the first half at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The Eagles were able to squeak past the Falcons on Thursday night, and all the talk was about a play that looked all too familiar to Eagles fans.

As the 2018 National Football League regular season kicks off Thursday, more than in years past - it appears the road to Super Bowl LIII is wide open. Of those host teams in the playoffs, the only one to reach the conference championship game is the 2017 Minnesota Vikings who lost at Philadelphia in the NFC Championship. He wandered behind teammates near the bench and adjusted his equipment this time.

Those who stuck around to watch the end of the game, that lasted past midnight for folks on the East Coast, were treated to a riveting conclusion with the Falcons last second attempt at a game-winning touchdown.

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