Eagles use Philly Special again as they beat Falcons in NFL season opener

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  • ‘Philly Special 2’ play echoes botched Patriots play in Super Bowl

Jay Ajayi had a pair of touchdown runs, Nick Foles caught another pass to jump-start a sputtering offense and the defending champion Philadelphia Eagles needed another defensive stand to open the season with an 18-12 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night.

A sloppy, mistake-filled game that featured 26 penalties came down to Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan throwing an incomplete pass to Julio Jones in the left corner of the end zone on the final play. Jones couldn’t come down with Ryan’s pass in the right corner of the end zone in Atlanta’s 15-10 loss in the playoffs in January.

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