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Eagles stop Ryan to Jones again, beat Falcons 18-12

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Matt Ryan to Julio Jones failed in Philly again.

Jay Ajayi had a pair of touchdown runs, Nick Foles caught another pass to jump-start a sputtering offense and the defending champion Philadelphia Eagles needed another defensive stand to open the NFL season with an 18-12 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night.

A sloppy, mistake-filled game that featured 26 penalties came down to Ryan throwing an incomplete pass to Jones in the left corner of the end zone on the final play from Philadelphia's 5.

Jones couldn't come down with Ryan's pass from the 2 in the right corner of the end zone in Atlanta's 15-10 loss in the divisional round in January.

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

A weather delay pushed kickoff back 45 minutes, forcing fans to wait for the unveiling of the ''world champions'' banner following the franchise's first Super Bowl victory. Wearing his gold Hall of Fame jacket, former safety Brian Dawkins riled up the sellout crowd with owner Jeffrey Lurie by his side and led a chorus of ''Fly Eagles Fly.''

The defense fed off that energy with a strong goal-line stand on the opening series, stopping the Falcons three times at the 1.

''We put a big emphasis on red zone,'' safety Malcolm Jenkins said. ''We trust our matchups and do we do our job.''

They did it again at the end.

After Ajayi's 11-yard TD run and 2-point conversion gave the Eagles a lead with 2:25 left, Ryan led the Falcons down the field. He completed a 36-yard pass to Jones and connected with him again for 18 yards on third-and-17.

The Falcons had a first down at the 10 but Ryan threw four straight incomplete passes. A penalty on Jordan Hicks gave them one more chance and the Eagles held again.

''That's a great defense and a great team,'' Jones said. ''You aren't going to score at will on that team. They won a Super Bowl for a reason, they have the same guys on defense.''

Needing a spark on offense, Eagles coach Doug Pederson resorted to the ''Philly Special'' play that helped the Eagles beat the New England Patriots 41-33 in the Super Bowl. This time, Foles caught a 15-yard pass from Nelson Agholor to extend a drive that ended with Ajayi scoring a go-ahead 1-yard TD run in the third quarter.

''It was in our third-down men,'' Pederson said.

Foles, the Super Bowl MVP still filling in for Carson Wentz, played it safe and the offense was conservative until Pederson turned to his favorite play on third-and-5 midway through the third quarter. Corey Clement took a toss and flipped to Agholor, who threw it to Foles running open down the right side for a gain to the Falcons 26.

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.

''No panic, we're resilient,'' Pederson said.

Against New England, tight end Trey Burton took a flip from Clement on a reverse and threw a 1-yard TD pass to Foles to give the Eagles a 10-point halftime lead.

Philadelphia's defense 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. A sack by Fletcher Cox on third down was negated by Derek Barnett's offside penalty to keep the drive going. But Rasul Douglas intercepted Ryan's pass at the 4. Jones said he lost the ball in the lights.

Deion Jones then intercepted Foles' pass that bounced out of Dallas Goedert's hands and returned it 20 yards to Philadelphia's 27, setting up Tevin Coleman's 9-yard TD run that gave the Falcons a 12-10 lead in the fourth quarter. Matt Bryant hit the right post on the extra point.

On a hot, muggy night, it looked more like an August preseason game than a playoff rematch. Both teams looked rusty after many starters didn't play much in preseason. It didn't compare to the action in Kansas City's 42-27 victory at New England in the 2017 NFL opener.

Bryant kicked field goals of 52 and 21 yards in the first quarter.

ANTHEM

Jenkins and defensive end Michael Bennett were on the sideline when the national anthem was played and made no overt demonstrations while it was played. Jenkins raised his fist during ''The Star-Spangled Banner'' last year and in the first preseason game as one of the most high-profile NFL players protesting racial inequality and other social injustices. He stayed in the tunnel for the last three weeks. Bennett mostly stayed off the field in the preseason. He wandered behind teammates near the bench and adjusted his equipment this time.

INJURIES

Falcons: S Keanu Neal left the game with a knee injury in the first half. ... LS Josh Harris had his streak of 103 consecutive games played end because of a hip injury.

Eagles: WR Mack Hollins was placed on injured reserve hours before the game because of a groin injury.

UP NEXT

Falcons: Host the Carolina Panthers on Sept. 16.

Eagles: Visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sept. 16.

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Key Players
J. Jones 11 WR
169 ReYds, 10 RECs, 11 RuYds
17
FPTS
J. Ajayi 26 RB
62 RuYds, 2 RuTDs
20
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Two Point Conversion 2:19
TWO-POINT CONVERSION ATTEMPT. J.Ajayi rushes right end. ATTEMPT SUCCEEDS.
plays
yds
pos
12
18
Touchdown 3:10
J.Ajayi left end for 11 yards TOUCHDOWN.
8
plays
54
yds
2:32
pos
12
16
Missed Point After Touchdown 9:48
M.Bryant extra point is No Good Hit Right Upright Center-J.Overbaugh Holder-M.Bosher
plays
yds
pos
12
10
Touchdown 9:53
T.Coleman right tackle for 9 yards TOUCHDOWN.
2
plays
27
yds
00:47
pos
12
10
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 4:37
J.Elliott extra point is GOOD Center-R.Lovato Holder-C.Johnston.
plays
yds
pos
6
10
Touchdown 4:41
J.Ajayi left guard for 1 yard TOUCHDOWN.
11
plays
63
yds
5:34
pos
6
9
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 2:58
M.Bryant 52 yard field goal is GOOD Center-J.Overbaugh Holder-M.Bosher.
8
plays
41
yds
4:01
pos
6
3
Field Goal 6:53
J.Elliott 26 yard field goal is GOOD Center-R.Lovato Holder-C.Johnston.
14
plays
52
yds
8:03
pos
3
3
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 5:07
M.Bryant 21 yard field goal is GOOD Center-J.Overbaugh Holder-M.Bosher.
9
plays
41
yds
4:07
pos
3
0
Team Stats
Time of Pos 27:50 32:10
1st Downs 16 18
Rushing 4 7
Passing 9 6
Penalty 3 5
3rd Down Conv 4-15 8-16
4th Down Conv 0-1 0-0
Total Net Yards 299 232
Total Plays 65 64
Avg Gain 4.6 3.6
Net Yards Rushing 74 113
Rush Attempts 18 27
Avg Rush Yards 4.1 4.2
Net Yards Passing 225 119
Comp. - Att. 21-43 20-35
Yards Per Pass 5.2 3.4
Sacked - Yards Lost 4-26 2-13
Penalties - Yards 15-135 11-101
Touchdowns 1 2
Rushing TDs 1 2
Passing TDs 0 0
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 2
Fumbles - Lost 1-0 2-1
Int. Thrown 1 1
Punts - Avg 6-42.8 6-47.0
Return Yards 11 72
Punts - Returns 2-11 4-29
Kickoffs - Returns 0-0 2-43
Int. - Returns 1-0 1-0
Kicking 2/3 2/2
Extra Points 0/1 1/1
Field Goals 2/2 1/1
Red Zone Eff. 1-5 -20% 2-3 -67%
Goal to Go Eff. 1-4 -25% 1-2 -50%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Falcons 0-1 330612
Eagles 1-0 037818
225 PASS YDS 119
74 RUSH YDS 113
299 TOTAL YDS 232
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
M. Ryan 2 QB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
48.8% 251 0 1 57.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
48.8% 502 0 2 57.4
M. Ryan 21/43 251 0 1 8
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
D. Freeman 24 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 36 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
12 72 0
D. Freeman 6 36 0 20 4
T. Coleman 26 RB
9
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 19 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
18 38 2
T. Coleman 9 19 1 9 9
J. Jones 11 WR
17
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 11 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 22 0
J. Jones 1 11 0 11 17
M. Ryan 2 QB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 8 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 16 0
M. Ryan 2 8 0 6 8
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
J. Jones 11 WR
17
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
19 10 169 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 20 338 0
J. Jones 19 10 169 0 36 17
T. Coleman 26 RB
9
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 26 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 52 0
T. Coleman 2 1 26 0 26 9
A. Hooper 81 TE
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 3 24 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 48 0
A. Hooper 4 3 24 0 15 2
M. Sanu 12 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 4 18 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 8 36 0
M. Sanu 6 4 18 0 10 1
D. Freeman 24 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 14 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 28 0
D. Freeman 5 3 14 0 14 4
E. Saubert 85 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 0 0 0
E. Saubert 1 0 0 0 0 0
C. Ridley 18 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 0 0 0
C. Ridley 2 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
D. Trufant 21 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-0 0 0.0
D. Trufant 6-0 0.0 0 0
B. Poole 34 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-0 0 2.0
B. Poole 5-0 1.0 0 0
R. Allen 37 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-2 0 0.0
R. Allen 4-1 0.0 0 0
D. Campbell 59 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-4 0 0.0
D. Campbell 4-2 0.0 0 0
D. Jones 45 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-5 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-10 2 0.0
D. Jones 4-5 0.0 1 0
R. Alford 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 0.0
R. Alford 4-0 0.0 0 0
G. Jarrett 97 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-4 0 0.0
G. Jarrett 3-2 0.0 0 0
D. Kazee 27 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
D. Kazee 2-0 0.0 0 0
D. Senat 94 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
D. Senat 2-1 0.0 0 0
D. Shelby 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
D. Shelby 2-0 0.0 0 0
T. McClain 99 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
T. McClain 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Crawford 95 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Crawford 1-0 0.0 0 0
V. Beasley 44 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
V. Beasley 1-0 0.0 0 0
M. Bosher 5 P
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
M. Bosher 1-0 0.0 0 0
T. McKinley 98 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 2.0
T. McKinley 1-0 1.0 0 0
D. Riley 42 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
D. Riley 1-0 0.0 0 0
B. Reed 50 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
B. Reed 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Bryant 3 K
6
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 0/1
SEASON FG XP
4/4 0/2
M. Bryant 2/2 52 0/1 6
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. Bosher 5 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 47.7 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
12 47.7 2
M. Bosher 6 47.7 1 57
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Hardy 14 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 5.5 6 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 5.5 6 0
J. Hardy 2 5.5 6 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
N. Foles 9 QB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
55.9% 117 0 1 50.7
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
55.9% 234 0 2 50.7
N. Foles 19/34 117 0 1 3
N. Agholor 13 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 15 0 0 118.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 30 0 0 118.8
N. Agholor 1/1 15 0 0 4
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
J. Ajayi 26 RB
20
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
15 62 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
30 124 4
J. Ajayi 15 62 2 11 20
C. Clement 30 RB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 26 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
10 52 0
C. Clement 5 26 0 21 2
N. Agholor 13 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 16 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 32 0
N. Agholor 1 16 0 16 4
D. Sproles 43 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 10 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
10 20 0
D. Sproles 5 10 0 5 3
N. Foles 9 QB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 -2 0
N. Foles 1 -1 0 -1 3
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
Z. Ertz 86 TE
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
10 5 48 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 10 96 0
Z. Ertz 10 5 48 0 18 4
N. Agholor 13 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
10 8 33 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 16 66 0
N. Agholor 10 8 33 0 10 4
D. Sproles 43 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 4 22 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 8 44 0
D. Sproles 7 4 22 0 9 3
N. Foles 9 QB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 15 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 30 0
N. Foles 1 1 15 0 15 3
D. Carter 16 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 10 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 20 0
D. Carter 1 1 10 0 10 1
D. Goedert 88 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 1 4 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 8 0
D. Goedert 3 1 4 0 4 0
M. Wallace 14 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 0 0 0
M. Wallace 3 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
J. Mills 31 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-0 0 0.0
J. Mills 6-0 0.0 0 0
R. McLeod 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-2 0 0.0
R. McLeod 5-1 0.0 0 0
J. Hicks 58 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 1.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-4 0 2.5
J. Hicks 5-2 1.5 0 0
R. Darby 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-2 0 0.0
R. Darby 5-1 0.0 0 0
S. Jones 22 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
S. Jones 3-1 0.0 0 0
M. Jenkins 27 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
M. Jenkins 3-0 0.0 0 0
C. Graham 24 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
C. Graham 2-0 0.0 0 0
F. Cox 91 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 2.0
F. Cox 2-0 1.0 0 0
B. Graham 55 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
B. Graham 2-0 0.0 0 0
K. Grugier-Hill 54 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
K. Grugier-Hill 2-1 0.0 0 0
N. Gerry 47 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
N. Gerry 1-0 0.0 0 0
C. Long 56 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 1.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-6 0 2.5
C. Long 1-3 1.5 0 1
D. Barnett 96 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
D. Barnett 1-1 0.0 0 0
M. Bennett 77 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
M. Bennett 1-1 0.0 0 0
D. Vaeao 97 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
D. Vaeao 1-0 0.0 0 0
R. Douglas 32 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 2 0.0
R. Douglas 0-0 0.0 1 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
J. Elliott 4 K
4
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 1/1
SEASON FG XP
2/2 2/2
J. Elliott 1/1 26 1/1 4
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
C. Johnston 1 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 52.2 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
12 52.2 2
C. Johnston 6 52.2 1 65
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
S. Gibson 18 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 21.5 30 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 21.5 30 0
S. Gibson 2 21.5 30 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Sproles 43 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 9.7 12 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
6 9.7 12 0
D. Sproles 3 9.7 12 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 ATL 25 4:09 10 73 Downs
9:20 PHI 44 4:07 9 41 FG
0:33 ATL 20 1:18 3 -9 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
6:09 ATL 25 4:01 8 41 FG
1:30 ATL 11 0:47 4 15 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:33 ATL 20 2:14 5 6 Punt
4:37 ATL 40 2:05 3 0 Punt
1:35 ATL 26 0:59 3 4 Punt
0:34 PHI 32 2:22 5 17 INT
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:45 PHI 27 0:47 2 27 TD
7:33 ATL 33 2:42 3 -4 Punt
2:19 ATL 25 2:19 12 70 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:55 PHI 2 1:43 3 6 Punt
5:01 PHI 31 4:31 5 4 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:18 PHI 40 8:03 14 52 FG
2:08 PHI 10 0:48 5 26 Punt
0:44 PHI 13 0:33 4 23 Half
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 PHI 25 2:35 5 17 Punt
10:22 PHI 37 5:34 11 63 TD
2:44 PHI 16 1:13 3 4 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:03 PHI 4 2:23 4 25 INT
9:48 PHI 25 2:15 3 -4 Punt
5:04 PHI 46 2:32 8 54 TD