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JONES’ TWO TD CATCHES SPARK FALCONS TO WIN
Julio Jones sure lived up to that big contract. Jones hauled in nine passes for 141 yards, including two touchdowns, and the Atlanta Falcons came back after squandering a 17-point halftime lead to beat the Philadelphia Eagles 2624 Monday. “You just trust the preparation, let it rip and have fun,” said Dan Quinn, who was making his head coaching debut for the Falcons. Showing no signs of complacency after signing a $71.25 million contract, Jones dominated as the Falcons raced to a 20-3 halftime lead. But the Eagles rallied behind new quarterback Sam Bradford, taking the lead at 24-23 on Ryan Math
ews’ 1-yard run with 8:37 left. Atlanta bounced back, driving into position for Matt Bryant’s fourth field goal, a 47-yarder with 6:27 to go. Cody Parkey was wide right on a 44-yard field goal attempt that could have restored Philadelphia’s lead. Atlanta cornerback-turned-safety Ricardo
Allen intercepted a pass that went through the hands of Jor
dan Matthews, sealing the victory with 1:11 left. Bradford, in his first regular-season game in nearly two years, was 36 of 52 for 336 yards. 2014 NFL rushing leader
DeMarco Murray, now with the Eagles, was held to 9 yards on eight carries.