Falcons hold off Eagles to give coach Quinn first win

Mon Sep 14, 2015 10:47pm EDT
 
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(The Sports Xchange) - After building a big lead behind top receiver Julio Jones, the Atlanta Falcons held off a second-half Philadelphia rally to beat the Eagles 26-24 at the Georgia Dome on Monday and give new coach Dan Quinn his first win.

Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan threw two touchdown passes to Jones in the first half, and kicker Matt Bryant connected on four field goals, including a go-ahead 47-yarder with 6:27 left in the fourth quarter.

The Eagles had two more chances but kicker Cody Parkey missed from 44 yards out and quarterback Sam Bradford threw his second interception of the game on Philadelphia's final drive.

Jones finished with nine receptions for 141 yards, including a 44-yard reception that set up Bryant's last field goal.

Trailing 20-3, the Eagles grabbed the momentum early in the third quarter on safety Walter Thurmond's interception of Ryan, which led to running back DeMarco Murray's first touchdown as an Eagle, an eight-yard sweep.

Bradford led scoring drives of 95 and 80 yards, and the Eagles took the lead, 24-23, on a one-yard touchdown run by running back Ryan Mathews.

Bradford, in his Eagles debut, finished 36 of 52 for 336 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. Murray gained just nine yards on eight carries but scored one touchdown on the ground and another on a five-yard reception.

Ryan completed 23 of 34 passes for 298 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Atlanta rookie running back Tevin Coleman produced 80 yards on 20 carries.

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Sep 14, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews (81) misses a pass that is intercepted by Atlanta Falcons cornerback Ricardo Allen (37) as Paul Worrilow (55) defends in the fourth quarter to preserve the win at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports