Eagles' defense came to the rescue in opener

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Defending champion Philadelphia Eagles booed off their home field to end first half of season opener

All of the Atlanta Falcons players stood at attention for the duration, as did the bulk of the Eagles, while the Philadelphia-bred R&B group Boyz II Men sang the anthem.

In a game defined by defensive dominance and timely plays offensively, a few players made consistent plays all night to keep the Eagles in the game and eventually deliver the win.

"You don't want to give it away", Agholor said. The rest of the offense accounted for 119 yards.

Other events include a performance by Shawn Mendes, and a ticket giveaway for Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta. "Jones is one of the best but we got the stop".

"It wasn't pretty, it was sloppy", All-Pro tackle Lane Johnson said. "It got the crowd into it, got us into it".

What NFL fans got ultimately might be an indictment of the preseason.

Matt Ryan had a particularly brutal night throwing the ball. Jones ended the game with 10 receptions on 19 targets for 169 yards - zero catches coming in the red zone. Receiver Julio Jones caught a Matt Ryan pass but was pushed out of bounds after making the leaping grab with no time left on the clock.

Frankly, while Jones seemed to be in all-world form, Ryan - a virtual non-participant in the exhibition games - looked rusty.

Ajayi also rushed for a two-point conversion and quarterback Nick Foles caught a pass for the second straight National Football League game as the Eagles re-enacted a trick play from the Super Bowl before sealing the win with a defensive stand. Tom Brady dropped that pass. "I'm over there thinking, yeah, this is the same kind of game so let's go out and win it the same way". "Winning isn't easy, especially against Atlanta. Our defense did a great job". Remember, virtually every team preserved regulars for the games that count. "By no means is this game going to determine..."

Moments later, led by veteran safety Malcolm Jenkins, the Eagles ran onto the field to another rousing ovation.

Stadium officials announced a new kickoff time of 8:55 p.m., more than 30 minutes after the game was originally scheduled.

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