After an almost endless evening, between a capricious weather and the multiplication of penalty tissues, the Philadelphia Eagles won the first game of the season against the Atlanta Falcons (18-12). It all happened at the last second on an action where Julio Jones could not land inside the field on a pass from Matt Ryan. This final suspense gave a little luster to a very small game, the Eagles being accompanied by boos to the locker room at half-time. And to think that less than two hours earlier, they had unveiled their first champion’s banner in the Licoln Financial Field …
A minced match
After the break, it’s two touchdowns in the race of Jay Ajayi who made the difference in favor of the Eagles who had all the trouble in the world to find the rhythm in attack with 117 yards only to the pass for Nick Foles. But the quarterback has found, as at the last Super Bowl, its role of providential receiver. In the third quarter, on an action very reminiscent of that of his touchdown in Minneapolis in February, Foles managed a reception for fifteen yards which gave the going to his team. Unexpected in a match totally chopped menu (26 penalties for 236 yards distributed) by the referees.
And if Tevin Coleman restored the lead to the Falcons with less than ten minutes remaining (after an interception launched by Foles), the Eagles had the last word by Ajayi at 2’19 from the final whistle. The champion, still deprived of his quarterback holder Carson Wentz (insufficiently recovered from his rupture of a cruciate ligament in the knee), had some difficulties but started his season rather well.