The #Eagles began Week 1 of the regular season in Atlanta for Monday Night Football. View the full gallery here...
After a long, long wait, the Eagles finally opened the regular season on Monday Night Football in Atlanta. After the opening 15 minutes of play, Philadelphia trails the Falcons, 3-0.
The Eagles' offense was unable to get off to a quick start, going three-and-out on its first drive. The Falcons, on the other hand, went straight to work as quarterback Matt Ryan connected with Julio Jones for a 17-yard gain and with Roddy White shortly thereafter for another 25-yard gain. Those two plays helped Atlanta reach the Philadelphia 30-yard line, but fortunately the defense stopped the Falcons there, forcing the team to settle for a 41-yard field goal.
With Atlanta's three points on the board, Sam Bradford and the Eagles offense took the field once again. The team, however, was forced to punt from its own 20-yard line after three unsuccessful attempts for the first down.
The Falcons received the ball for their second drive with 9:33 on the clock. The Falcons quickly moved down the thanks to a defensive pass interference call and two substantial passing plays, bringing up first-and-goal for the Falcons. But, just when it appeared Atlanta would add another seven points to the score, linebacker Kiko Alonso picked off Ryan in the end zone. The one-handed grab marked the fifth interception of Alonso's career.
Coming back out, Bradford threw a 13-yard pass to Josh Huff for the first down, the Eagles' first of the game. However, a short 7-yard pass to tight end Zach Ertz on third down was not enough for the offense to continue. Atlanta then went three-and-out after Bennie Logan stopped running back Tevin Coleman for a loss of 5 yards and two incomplete passes.
The Eagles began the next drive from their own 47-yard line, their best field position of the night. Brent Celek gained 6 yards on a short pass and Darren Sproles picked up the first down on a 4-yard screen pass. The team would end the drive there, as the Falcons' defense had all the answers. With 1:31 remaining in the first quarter, the Eagles were forced to punt once again.
The Falcons have the ball to start the second quarter.