The Eagles finally started their regular season Monday night, but it seems the team didn’t get the memo that the game started at 7:05 PM instead of 9:00 PM as they slept through the first half and fell behind 20-3 to Atlanta.
After a quick 3 and out, the Falcons opened the scoring with a Matt Bryant field goal, a 41 yarder to make it 3-0. After another Eagles punt, Atlanta marched down to the Eagles 8 yard line, but Kiko Alonso made his presence felt with an amazing one handed interception of Matt Ryan to stop that drive. [Kiko Alonso interception-NFL.com]
The Falcons would score the games first touchdown on a Matt Ryan to Julio Jones pass for 4 yards, stretching the lead to 10-0. [Ryan to Jones TD-NFL.com]
The Eagles would finally tally with 7:23 remaining in the second quarter with a Cody Parkey field goal cutting the lead to 10-3. Atlanta would counter with a field goal of their own and after a Bradford interception another Ryans to Jones TD to put Atlanta up 20-3 at the half. [Ryan to Jones TD #2-NFL.com]
The second half started much better for Philadelphia as the Eagles scored quickly with DeMarco Murray scoring on an 8 yard run. [Murray TD #1-NFL.com] After another stop by the defense, the Eagles drove down and Sam Bradford threw his first TD pass as an Eagle as DeMarco Murray hauled in a 5 yard pass and cut the Falcon lead to 3 points. [Murray TD #2-NFL.com]
Atlanta rebounded with a Matt Bryant field goal to extend their lead to 23-17. Philly rebounded on the ensuing possession and marched down the field to score on a 1 yard run by Ryan Mathews and take their first lead of the game and the season 24-23. [Eagles get the lead-NFL.com]
The Falcons would kick another field goal to take a 26-24 lead. Cody Parkey would miss a 44 yard field goal with just over two minutes remaining. The Eagles would get the ball back after a 3 and out, but a tipped pass off of Jordan Matthews hands would lead to the game ending interception.
My take: After an awful first half, the offense was much better and got into rhythm and scored points almost at will. There were too many penalties and the run game never got on track. The defense started off slowly but adjusted with the blitz and got pressure on Matt Ryan. Sunday’s game is now huge as a loss to Dallas would give them a two game lead early in the season.