Eagles defeat Falcons as game went down to final play

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Philadelphia Eagles had a special night planned. They celebrated last year’s success with a banner ceremony, and even had to weather a severe storm warming.

But the Eagles were able to defeat the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday Night Football at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa. The Eagles won 18-12.

Philadelphia Eagles running back Jay Ajayi scoring on a one-yard touchdown

Jay Ajayi scoring a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons (Getty Images)

The Eagles improved to 1-0 on the season. The Falcons fell to 0-1.

Philadelphia has now won three straight season openers. Their last defeat in a season opener came against the Falcons, 26-24, during the 2015 season.

Eagles quarterback Nick Foles went 19 of 34 for 117 yards. He also had one interception. Nelson Agholor also threw a 15-yard pass to Foles for Philly Philly No. 2.

Jay Ajayi had 15 carries for 62 yards and two touchdowns. Corey Clement had five carries for 26 yards.

Zach Ertz had five receptions for 48 yards. Agholor had eight receptions for 33 yards. Darren Sproles had four receptions for 22 yards.

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan went 21 of 43 for 251 yards. He also had an interception.

Devonta Freeman had six carries for 36 yards. Tevin Coleman had nine carries for 19 yards and a touchdown.

Julio Jones had 10 receptions for 169 yards. Coleman also had a 26-yard reception and Austin Hooper had three receptions for 24 yards.

Ajayi had two second half touchdowns for the Eagles. He first scored on a one-yard touchdown. Then, he also scored on an 11-yard touchdown.

Following the 11-yard touchdown, Ajayi also converted on a two-point conversion despite fumbling in the end zone.

Coleman scored the Falcons lone second half score, as he scored on a nine-yard touchdown.

The first half was dominated by field goals. The Falcons led 6-3 at halftime, as Matt Bryant made a 52-yard field goal with 2:08 left in the half for the 6-3 lead.

Bryant also connected on a 21-yard field goal.

Eagles kicker Jake Elliott also made a 26-yard field goal in the second quarter.

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