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The Eagles averaged 4.8 yards per carry in the first half, but a puny 1.2 in the second half. Jay Ajayi had a first-quarter fumble that squandered a scoring opportunity. He was a bigger factor in the second half as a receiver than as a rusher, gaining just four yards on seven carries.
Nick Foles didn’t have a TD pass, but completed 23 of 30 passes and averaged 8.2 yards per attempt. He was 5-for-7 for 70 yards on third down. Four of his third-down completions resulted in first downs. Alshon Jeffery had a big game. His 15-yard catch at the end of the first half set up a Jake Elliott 53-yard field goal. He had a 21-yard catch on a third-and-eight in the third quarter to set up another Elliott field goal.
The Eagles did a nice job of shutting down Devonta Freeman (7 yards on 10 carries), but had trouble stopping the Falcons’ other back, Tevin Coleman (79 yards on 10 carries). Coleman had four double-digit-yard runs, including a 10-yarder on the Falcons’ final drive.
The Eagles held Matt Ryan to 5.8 yards per attempt. Julio Jones had nine catches for 101 yards, but the Eagles stopped him when it was most needed. Cornerback Jalen Mills had a nice leaping breakup of a third-and-six Ryan pass to Justin Hardy early in the third quarter. Ryan completed 7 of 10 passes on third down, including a six-yard TD to Devonta Freeman. But just three of his seven third-down completions resulted in first downs, one in the second half.
Jake Elliott missed a PAT in the first half, but converted all three of his field goal attempts, including a 53-yarder at the end of the first half. A bouncing Donnie Jones punt in the second quarter hit Bryan Braman and gave the Falcons the ball inside the red zone. They ended up scoring a touchdown after that.
The Eagles hardly played a perfect game. Turned the ball over twice, converted just one of three red-zone opportunities and let the Falcons drive down the field and almost pull the game out in the fourth quarter. But they got a solid game from Nick Foles and the defense held the league’s No. 1-ranked third-down offense to four third-down conversions in 13 opportunities.