Eagles pull off another Philly Special in season opener win vs Falcons

Despite being the current Super Bowl Champions, the Philadelphia Eagles struggled to get their offense going during their 2018 NFL season opener against the Atlanta Falcons.

After almost an hour weather delay at the start of the game as thunder and lightning passed through the Philadelphia area, Eagles fans at Lincoln Financial Field were getting restless as their team was behind 6-3 in the third quarter.

Luckily for them, head coach Doug Pederson had a bag of tricks in his playbook, executing a play we have all seen not too long along and one which we are all familiar with.

One of the most memorable plays of Philadelphia Super Bowl LII’s win vs New England Patriots was the Philly Special, and that’s exactly what Pederson referred to last night to get his offense going.

In the third quarter of Eagles vs Falcons on Thursday night on Atlanta’s 41-yard line, Doug brought alive a quiet Lincoln Financial Field by executing another Philly Special which actually looked rather similar to another Super Bowl LII play.

While most remember Philly’s special touchdown pass to Nick Foles in the Super Bowl, this one actually looked similar to Danny Amendola’s attempted a pass to Tom Brady which was dropped.

This time around, Foles caught the pass for the first down. He took the shotgun snap and handed it to Corey Clement. Clement went left as Foles went right.

Clement pitched the ball to receiver Nelson Agholor, who completed the 15-yard pass to Foles.

A nice split screen by Sean Wagner-McGough shows just how similar the two plays actually are.

The play brought the game alive in the Eagles’ favour, as they were able to drive down in the field five plays later for the first touchdown of the 2018 season with Jay Ajayi.

Needless to say, it was the Philly Special 2.0 that had most NFL fans talking on Twitter as the Eagles drove down the field for the first touchdown of the game.

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Even the likes of former Eagles tight end and hero of the original Philly Special Trey Burton was impressed with the play.

While Foles was the center of attention on the Philly Special again, he didn’t have a great night, as he went 19-of-34 for 117 yards and zero touchdowns and interception in the game.

Ajayi was the Eagles’ best offensive player on the night, as he ran for 62 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries. The Eagles were able to win the game 18-12.

Eagles fans will be hoping that they don’t need to continuously run Philly Specials in order to get their offense going throughout the season, especially while Carson Wentz is still on the sidelines.

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