Julio Jones was Atlanta’s Sunday night hero, racking up 106 yards and two touchdowns as the Falcons beat Philadelphia 24-20.
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan put three interceptions behind him to come good down the stretch and crucial connect with Jones for a 54-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-three with just over two minutes remaining.
Philadelphia had looked perfectly placed to claim a second victory over the season when quarterback Carson Wentz scored on a 1-yard touchdown dive.
That capped a 13-play, 73-yard drive that then featured a Zach Ertz two-point conversion pass to give the Eagles a 20-17 lead with 3:13 left on the clock.
But Ryan shook off some rust in the opening three quarters (completing 27 of 43 attempts for 320 yards and three touchdowns, three interceptions in total) and came through with his own heroics, with his favourite target Jones helping to seal the win.
Veteran Eagles backup quarterback Josh McCown started the Eagles’ final drive of the first half while Wentz was in concussion protocol and got them into the Atlanta red zone.
Wentz returned, but Philadelphia settled for Elliott’s 41-yard field goal. Things got worse for the Eagles right out of halftime as Corey Clement fumbled the kickoff, which Atlanta recovered at the visitors’ 33.
Three plays later, Ryan found Jones for a four-yard touchdown pass to make it 17-6.
However, Ronald Darby intercepted Ryan in Falcons’ territory, and Philadelphia went for it on fourth down from the four-yard line. Wentz drilled a bullet to Nelson Agholor (eight receptions, 107 yards) for the touchdown.
It stayed 17-12 after Wentz failed to score on the two-point try with 4:57 left in the third – and that was it until the late drama that saw the teams trade late touchdowns that ensured the hosts had their first win of the season
Next weekend Atlanta are on the road when they travel to Indianapolis (1-1) at 6pm while in Week Four the Falcons are back at home when they host the Tennessee Titans (6pm).