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Eagles rally comes up short in 26-24 loss to Atlanta

Written by Tim Lambert and Radio Pennsylvania | Sep 15, 2015 3:07 AM
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Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (86) makes the catch against Atlanta Falcons cornerback Jalen Collins (32) during the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

(Atlanta) -- Philadelphia's second-half rally came up short against Atlanta.

The Eagles fell to the Falcons 26-24 in the season-opener for both teams.

Philadelphia Coach Chip Kelly says the slow start resulted in a 17-point deficit at the half for his team.

"It was a tale of two halves," he said. "We played a lot better in the second half, but we did not come to play in the first half."

The Eagles missed a chance to go ahead when Cody Parkey missed a 44-yard field goal with 2:27 to go.

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.  

Philly quarterback Sam Bradford says mistakes were costly.

"I think we killed ourselves. Too many negative plays. I wasn't good enough in the pass game to get us going, then penalties." he said. "It seems like we kept putting ourselves behind the sticks in the first-half."

Atlanta's Julio Jones had 141 yards receiving and two touchdowns, while the Falcons Matt Ryan shook off a pair of interceptions.

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.

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