Foles shows off catching skills, Eagles beat Falcons 18-12

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Nick Foles could end up playing a new position when Carson Wentz returns if he keeps this.

Foles caught another pass at a clutch point to trigger a sizzling offense that seemed out of sync as the defense picked up right where it left off the last time it faced Atlanta.

After seeing the banner of "world champions" revealed, the Philadelphia Eagles took the first step to try to become the first team to repeat in 14 years by stopping Matt Ryan to Julio Jones in the final play again in an 18-12 victory over the Falcons on Thursday night.

Foles barely looked like the Super Bowl MVP until coach Doug Pederson called his number in the third quarter when the offense needed a spark. Foles caught a 15-yard pass from Nelson Agholor to extend a drive that ended with Jay Ajayi scoring the first of his two touchdowns.

"It's great to have it at the right time if you can catch a team (off guard))," Foles said. "Everyone loves a good trick."

Foles caught a 1-yard touchdown pass from tight end Trey Burton in the first half of Philadelphia's 41-33 victory over New England in the Super Bowl. That play was called "Philly Special", but Foles said "Philly Philly" in the group. This one was called "Philly Philly" and Pederson said he borrowed it from the New England playbook. Tom Brady dropped that pass.

"Offensively, we were failing a little bit," Pederson said. "We were just looking for a great play, someone to make a play, it felt like the right moment."

If the Eagles need help at the catcher once Wentz is allowed to play after knee surgery last December, Foles is ready to

Well, not really.

A sloppy, error-filled game that included 26 penalties was due to Ryan throwing an incomplete pass to Jones in the left corner of the end zone in the final play of the Philadelphia 5.

Jones was unable to knock Ryan's pass from 2 in the right corner of the end zone in Atlanta's 15-10 loss in the divisional round in January.

"It was a deja vu," said cornerback Ronald Darby. , who covered Jones on the last play this time instead of Jalen Mills. "Jones is one of the best, but we have the stop."

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