Jay Ajayi had a pair of touchdown runs and Nick Foles caught another pass as the defending champions won a messy game against the Falcons
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 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 Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan throwing an incomplete pass to Julio Jones in the left corner of the end zone on the final play. Jones couldnt come down with Ryans pass in the right corner of the end zone in Atlantas 15-10 loss in the playoffs in January.
The Eagles defense fed off the energy of a crowd still celebrating their Super Bowl win with a strong goal-line stand on the opening series, stopping the Falcons three times at the one. They did it again at the end. After Ajayis 11-yard TD run and two-point conversion gave the Eagles the lead with 2:25 left, the Falcons could not respond.