Eagles hold on in an overture for season

Nick Foles has endured a poor pre-season ahead of the new campaign

After finishing last season 23rd in red-zone efficiency, the Falcons had converted just one of their four red-zone trips into a touchdown Thursday before the game's final drive.

The FOX Sports radio host gave his top 10 teams in the National Football League heading into Week 1 Thursday, and while he had the Falcons at No. 1, followed by the Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens and Eagles taking up the top five, he had the Pats check in all the way down at No. 10.

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. His 11-yard TD run and 2-point conversion gave the Eagles a lead with 2:25 left.

'It was deja vu, ' said cornerback Ronald Darby, who covered Jones on the last play this time around instead of Jalen Mills.

The Eagles coach Doug Pederson confirmed the "Philly Philly" was actually the failed trick play the Patriots attempted in a post-game interview.

Wide receiver Nelson Agholor took a handoff on a reverse and Foles took off down the right sideline.

Foles hit Zach Ertz for 18 yards on third-and-6 and Ajayi ran in a few plays later to put Philadelphia up 10-6.

Foles caught a 1-yard TD pass from tight end Trey Burton in the first half of Philadelphia's 41-33 win over New England in the Super Bowl.

Philadelphia's defence overcame a pair of blunders to temporarily preserve the lead. Tre Sullivan kicked a loose ball on a punt and the Falcons recovered the fumble at the Eagles 32. He stayed in the tunnel for the last three weeks. Appearing uncomfortable in the pocket, Ryan finished with a 5.8 yards per attempt average on 43 attempts, completing a dastardly 48.8 percent of his tosses, with one interception (in the red zone) and zero TD passes. He wandered behind teammates near the bench and adjusted his equipment this time. Jones said he lost the ball in the lights.

That's not to mention the sloppiness of the game which looked like a glorified preseason showdown at least during the first two quarters.

To add more injury to that, the 2017 8:42 PM ET-starting season opener between the victorious Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots ended up with a weak 7.7/29 rating among adults 18-49 and 21.8 million viewers.

Linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill's stop on Devonta Freeman on the Falcons' initial drive for a 1-yard loss on fourth-and-goal at the Eagles' 1.

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