ATLANTA – Julio Jones had 141 yards receiving and two touchdowns, Matt Ryan shook off a pair of interceptions, and the Atlanta Falcons came back to beat the Philadelphia Eagles 26-24 Monday night after squandering a 17-point halftime lead.
Ricardo Allen's interception off a deflected pass sealed the victory with 1:11 remaining, giving Dan Quinn an upset victory in his first game as Falcons coach. The Eagles missed a chance to go ahead when Cody Parkey missed a 44-yard field goal with 2:27 to go.
"Our defense stepped up at the end of the game," Ryan said. "Ricardo has worked so hard."
Coming off the best season of his career and with a lucrative new contract, Jones dominated the Eagles' revamped secondary as the Falcons raced to a 20-3 halftime lead. It could have been even more if not for Kiko Alonso's dazzling one-handed interception while falling backward in the end zone.
Ryan had another interception on the first possession of the second half, turning the momentum in Philadelphia's favor. The Atlanta quarterback finished 23-for-34 for 298 yards.
Sam Bradford, in his first regular-season game in nearly two years and making his debut for the Eagles, was 36-for-52 for 336 yards. But Philadelphia's much-hyped running game, led by newcomer DeMarco Murray, was largely a bust.
After leading the NFL with more than 1,800 yards rushing in Dallas last season, Murray was held to 9 yards on eight carries. Ryan Mathews had only 4 yards, while Darren Sproles led the way with 50 yards on the ground.