Deja vu in Philadelphia as Falcons fall in opener

Falcons fans react to offensive red zone woes

Wendy Adams
September 07, 2018 - 10:01 am

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The Atlanta Falcons dropped their season opener to the Philadelphia Eagles, 18-12, at Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday night. And the loss was in eerily similar fashion the last time these two met in the NFC Divisional Round:

The Falcons red zone offensive woes continued as they made five trips inside the 20, coming out with just 9 points. And it happened on the very first drive when Coach Dan Quinn decided to go for it on 4th-and-goal:

Inside the red zone, quarterback Matt Ryan was 1 of 9 passing (and 0-for-3 to Julio Jones). 

It was an all around bad night for the Falcons quarterback who finished 21 of 43 for 251 yards, one interception and zero touchdowns. 

"Hugh, Matt Ryan was awful. He was awful last night," John said. "Not worth $100 million that's for sure."

Hugh said there was a lot of blame to go around, but agreed with John about Ryan's play.

"When you're the franchise quarterback, and you're the guy everyone is looking to lead, you have to play better than you did."

Despite the loss, it was still a big night for wide-receiver Julio Jones who broke a franchise record for 100-yard games (40) surpassing Roddy White. Jet Jones had 9 catches for 169 yards.

John Fricke and Hugh Douglas asked you to react to last night's loss. What was the main reason the Falcons lost in their season opener: Red zone failures, too many penalties, passing game or something else? 

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