5. Home Opener: The “Linc” gets its first Super Bowl Banner, and Eagles whip out Philly Special part two.
Thousands of fans packed Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday, Sept. 6 to watch the Eagles play meaningful football for the first time since they hoisted the Lombardi Trophy back in February.
Furthermore, the home opener for the defending Super Bowl Champions means the last opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of the past season before starting a new journey.
However, Mother Nature had different plans. The pre-game festivities were delayed for more than 45 minutes due to inclement weather.
When the weather finally cleared up, former Eagles’ safety Brian Dawkins, wearing his gold Hall of Fame jacket, and owner Jeffrey Lurie who brought out the Lombardi Trophy gathered at mid-field to hype to fans up.
They led a crowd of nearly 70,000 fans to sing the fight song “Fly Eagles Fly” and then the banner was finally unveiled. Bringing the festivities to an end and closing the book on a remarkable 2017 season.
There was still a game to play against the Atlanta Falcons. For the most part, the game was uneventful till Doug Pederson wanted to spice things up mid-way through the third quarter with an extremely familiar play for Philly fans.
On third down, it appeared Corey Clement was going to run the ball to the left side, but instead he tossed the ball to Nelson Agholor, who threw it to Nick Foles running wide open down the right side of the field. This play riled up the crowd and brought life to the Eagles’ offense. Fans quickly dubbed this play as the “Philly Special 2.0.”
Check out that play here, courtesy NFL’s official YouTube page.
The Eagles took care of business with an 18-12 victory to pick up right where they left off last season.