Published: Sun, September 09, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

No NFL players visibly kneel during season opener

No NFL players visibly kneel during season opener

"The Falcons-Eagles NFL Kickoff Game earned a 13.4 overnight rating on NBC, down 8% from Chiefs-Patriots last year (14.6), down 19% from Panthers-Broncos in 2016 (16.5) and the lowest for the season opener in ten years".

The Eagles had just 68 total yards in the first half as Nick Foles averaged 3.6 yards per pass attempt.

When asked what he called the play, Pederson responded: "Philly Philly".

However the Falcons had a chance to win the game after a final 2-minute warning drive that took them down to the red zone of the Eagles with just seconds left.

It wasn't pretty, but the champs opened their title defense with the 18-12 win. In fact, "Philly Philly" is a play the Patriots ran in the Super Bowl against the Eagles, but the pass to quarterback Tom Brady fell incomplete in that game.

Foles, the Super Bowl MVP still filling in for Carson Wentz, played it safe and the offence was conservative until Pederson turned to his favourite play on third-and-5 midway through the third quarter.

"I mean, it's a good play", Foles said.

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"That's where we got it from", Eagles coach Doug Pederson said.

The Falcons were able to move the ball well in between the sticks but once they reached the red zone, it seemed as though nothing would work. "We had the right one on - if there's a double that goes to Julio, it goes to another player; if there's a double that goes to Mohamed or stays where it was, it goes somewhere else".

"It was a play we had put in for this week".

"Nobody was in. We were in goal line", Jones said of the personnel on the field for the first scoring opportunity.

What did they name the play?

Naturally, twitter was abuzz throughout the first National Football League game of the season, and we chose to compile some of the best reactions & tweets from Thursday night (below).

A helmet belonging to a Philadelphia Eagle player is seen prior to the game against the Denver Broncos at Lincoln Financial Field on November 5, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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