Sunday Night wrap-up: Julio Jones earns his money

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Falcons wideout Julio Jones is getting paid to be the best receiver in the NFL.

The Falcons may be getting a bargain.

Jones led the Falcons to a wild 24-20 win over the Eagles, with five catches for 106 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner with a minute and three seconds left.

That gave him a receiving touchdown in six straight games, the longest active streak in league.

He also added a falling-backward, overhead circus catch to his resume, yet another of those plays it seems only he is capable of making (or at least, among a small club of people which includes DeAndre Hopkins).

The first touchdown was good, the second one great, as he was able to take a fourth-and-3 54 yards to the end zone (thanks to a block by left tackle Jake Matthews).

With that one, he passed Roddy White to become the franchise’s all-time leader in receiving yards, and he’ll add a whole lot more such records to his resume before he’s finished.

Here are five more things we learned during Sunday Night Football:

1. Carson Wentz was clearly in pain.

It clearly didn’t matter.

The Eagles quarterback, who has battled so many injuries in his short career, battled through what appeared to be more during the loss.

Wentz was dreadful in the first half (6-of-16 for 47 yards and two interceptions), after taking a few shots to the ribs and other places.

But he recovered to give the Eagles a lead with a quarterback sneak with three minutes and 13 seconds left. That led him to show off his best Rob Gronkowski-level spike (which is fitting given what he’s gone through to play football).

It got better.

His fourth-and-14 conversion (with a 44-yard strike to Nelson Agholor) was amazing, and he came up a yard short of another conversion which could have extended an already dramatic finish.

He finished 25-of-43 for 231 yards and a touchdown, along with his rushing score.

2. The Eagles have developed one of the deepest rosters in the league.

It’s a good thing, because they needed every last body Sunday.

The run on receivers started early, with wide receivers DeSean Jackson (groin) and Alshon Jeffery (calf) leaving the game, along with tight end Dallas Goedert (calf). Then, running back Corey Clement (shoulder) was hurt on the opening kickoff of the second half. Defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan (foot) also missed time. Left tackle Jason Peters went down late in the game as well.

Wentz and Agholor left after taking hard shots, but cleared the concussion protocol and returned to the game, as did cornerback Sidney Jones.

Coupled with already losing defensive tackle Malik Jackson to a season-ending injury, it’s enough to test even the most talented team.

3. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has an MVP award on the shelf, and a reputation for making the smart play rather than the spectacular one.

But his third interception of the night was a head-scratcher, and the second week in a row in which he’s turned the ball over in the red zone.

He has enough weapons to not need to take that many chances, but was oddly inefficient Sunday.

4. The Falcons thought they could upgrade from Matt Bryant this offseason.

It didn’t take them long to realize that was a mistake.

The veteran kicker continued to prove his worth, hitting a 50-yard field goal in the first quarter.

That one made him 19-of-23 from 50 or beyond since 2016, which would be great at any age.

That Bryant’s 44 makes it amazing.

He also had to kick off for the first time in 11 years, when punter Matt Bosher came up sore and was unable to.

5. Slow starts are nothing new for the Eagles.

It was the 12th time in the last 18 games they’ve been held scoreless in the first quarter, and the sixth straight road game they’ve failed to score a touchdown in the first 15 minutes.

I guess there’s something to be said for resilience, but early holes create pressure that doesn’t always reveal itself immediately.

36 responses to “Sunday Night wrap-up: Julio Jones earns his money

  1. Tough game. Credit to Atlanta whose defense was amazing. We should have pulled it out, just like we should have pulled out in New Orleans last year. It’s a long season. Onto the next one

  2. No team can suceed with desean Jackson in their locker room I warned you clowns there is a reason chip kely got rid of the virus and why they never made a super bowl with him then they get rid of him and they win super bowl

  3. Eagles with foles beat Atlanta eagles with Wentz lose This is why it made zero sense to get rid of foles Wentz gets the least out of the team they always end up falling short . Wentz 6-17 vs teams over 500 with zero playoff wins foles with same exact team Is 10-2 vs teams over 500 with tons of playoff wins Wentz is bad for chemistry

  4. Sanu committed an obvious, egregious block in the back on Julio’s 4th quarter TD. Not called live or on review.

  5. Eagles with foles beat Atlanta eagles with Wentz lose Wentz gets the least out of eagles they always end up falling short Wentz 6-17 vs teams over 500 with zero playoff wins foles with same exact team Is 10-2 vs teams over 500 with tons of playoff wins Wentz is bad for chemistry.

  6. Matt Ryan just couldn’t help but keep the Eagles in the game – both of his interceptions were seriously boneheaded throws.

    A very good effort out of Wentz, and I give him credit – he took some shots and kept coming back, avoided sacks, and made plays. He was also down his two best receivers, but Agholor and Ertz kept the passing game alive. Tough to win when you have guys dropping like flies. The Eagles trainers are going to be earning their money this week.

    Atlanta needed some things to go their way, and fortunately for them they did, and got the win.

  7. bobsacomano says:
    September 15, 2019 at 11:56 pm

    Sanu committed an obvious, egregious block in the back on Julio’s 4th quarter TD. Not called live or on review.

    ——————-

    Doug Pederson himself literally said in the post-game presser that both blocks om that play were clean, and that it simply came down to a foot race. Check yourself and go party with Sean Payton. Y’all can drink eachothers tears.

  8. It’s not that I don’t like Carson Wentz. It’s just that 2017 MVP thing is over and we can’t score in the first half. Maybe they get it fixed but this goes back to last year now. Foles saved Groh’s job last year but right he’ll be the scape goat.

  9. All the injuries last night, Foles could not have prevented. Else, he would have prevented himself from being injured last week and put on IR. (note, I love Foles, wish he was healthy, even for another team!)

    Fact of the matter is, the Eagles lost an important NFC game, due to another late start, then piling injuries, and then missing several assignments in the second half. They are still a Play-Off contender, with a team of top talent. They just need the consistency to do it. Very little room for error with the Cowboys in the division, and what would be likely a crowded Wild-Card group. Better regroup, get the ground game going more, and get the defense off the field after 3rd down.

    Next week is another chance

  10. Remember when everyone thought Foles outshining Wentz to win Super Bowl MVP was a fluke?

    Then Wentz went 5-6 last year and everyone blamed the supporting cast… until Foles stepped in and went 4-1, then won a playoff game?

    Then in the offseason, a bunch of anonymous Eagles teammates slammed Wentz for his lack of leadership ability while praising Foles for his strong leadership?

    I do!!!

  11. Sanu committed an obvious, egregious block in the back on Julio’s 4th quarter TD. Not called live or on review.
    ________________________________________________________

    Read the rule book:

    1) The defender turned into that block which makes it NOT a block in the back

    2) It happened behind the line of scrimmage so it’s legal either way

  12. Well, I gotta say that was an entertaining game, the best I’ve seen this year. I didn’t care who won, just watched it for the football element. I remember when most Sundays had at least one game similar to this one. Not too often anymore.

  13. “2) It happened behind the line of scrimmage so it’s legal either way”
    +++++++++

    Say what? Dude, it was WAY downfield.

  14. Our pass defense couldn’t stop a JV passing offense. Has been horrible since the SB. This is the 5th game since last year in which we had a late lead or tie that was blown by our pass defense.

    Yards per game allowed

    1. Raiders: 341.0
    2. Eagles: 340.0
    3. Giants: 321.0
    4. Steelers: 320.0
    5. Dolphins: 315.5

    Passing yards allowed

    1. Raiders: 682
    2. Eagles: 680
    3. Giants: 642
    4. Steelers: 640
    5. Dolphins: 633

    Passing TD allowed

    1. Dolphins: 8
    2. Eagles: 6
    2. Steelers: 6
    2. Redskins: 6
    5. Cardinals: 5

    1st downs allowed

    1. Cardinals: 33
    2. Giants: 31
    3. Eagles: 30
    3. Steelers: 30
    3. Dolphins: 30

  15. divan22 says:
    September 16, 2019 at 4:45 am
    Remember when everyone thought Foles outshining Wentz to win Super Bowl MVP was a fluke?

    Then Wentz went 5-6 last year and everyone blamed the supporting cast… until Foles stepped in and went 4-1, then won a playoff game?

    Then in the offseason, a bunch of anonymous Eagles teammates slammed Wentz for his lack of leadership ability while praising Foles for his strong leadership?

    I do!!!

    ——————————————-

    Clearly you have never watched a single Eagles game the last two years.

    Foles went 4-1 last year? No, the team did. He had 0td/2int, 1 fumble in two of those wins. Eagles scored 30 on the Rams and he had ZERO TD. He also lost to the Buccaneers and looked like garbage. Foles vs Atlanta the last two years btw…0td/1int, 2 fumbles. We almost lost both because of his inability to score points.

    Wentz went 5-6 last year? He had 10td/3int in those six losses…Foles had 10td/8int in 7 games. 4 of those 6 losses were due to the defense blowing late leads and ties…something you would know if you watched the games

    2018
    Wentz ties game, sends it to OT vs Dallas. Wentz never sees the field as pass defense allows Dallas to score

    Wentz ties game late vs Dallas, pass defense allows them to score. Wentz has under a minute left, no timeouts, needs to go most of the field

    Wentz ties game, sends it to OT vs Titans. Eagles take a FG lead, pass defense blows it, we lost. BTW in that game Agholor had FOUR DROPS and ONE FUMBLE…but yeah…Wentz lost it

    Eagles have a 17-6 lead vs Panthers with 4 minutes left…lost 21-17

    Wentz in those four losses: 9td, 1int. In those four losses, zero rushing td, no pass defense.

    Also tell me how Foles would’ve won last night? A QB who averages 1td/1int a game. Tell me how Foles would’ve made Agholor catch those TWO dropped touchdown passes, one in the endzone. Wentz last night had zero run game, zero line protection, lost Jeffery, Jackson, Goedert, Agholor for a period of time. His pass defense was lit up. Oh and he gave us the lead with under 3 minutes left and the pass defense blew it. BTW how is Foles doing right now?

    Super Bowl team
    Passing offense – 11th
    Rushing offense- 3rd
    Pass defense – 17th
    Run defense – 1st

    2018 team
    Passing offense – 10th
    Rushing offense – 28th
    Pass defense – 30th
    Run defense – 11th

    2019 team
    Passing offense – 12th
    Rushing offense – 24th
    Pass defense – 31st
    Run defense – 3rd

    See a difference?

  16. brianbcealge says:
    September 16, 2019 at 1:38 am
    It’s not that I don’t like Carson Wentz. It’s just that 2017 MVP thing is over and we can’t score in the first half. Maybe they get it fixed but this goes back to last year now. Foles saved Groh’s job last year but right he’ll be the scape goat.

    Foles mostly sucked in 2018 though. 4td/1int/1 fumble in one game, 6td/7int, 3 fumbles in six games. The passing game was way better with Wentz.

    Preseason
    0td/0int, 1 fumble
    0td/2int, 1 fumble

    0td/1int, 1 fumble (18-12 win vs Falcons)
    1td/0int, 1 fumble (27-21 loss to Buccaneers)
    0td/1int, 0 fumble (30-23 win vs Rams)
    4td/1int, 1 fumble (32-20 win vs Texans)
    2td/1int, 1 fumble (24-0 win vs Redskins – left game injured)
    2td/2int, 0 fumble (16-15 win vs Bears)
    1td/2int, 0 fumble (20-14 losst to Saints)

    Look at the lack of run game in losses and the balanced offense in our wins…

    5 wins with Wentz
    159 pass attempts, 1361 yards, 10td/3int
    139 rush attempts, 604 yards, 4td

    Our 6 losses w/ Wentz
    231 pass attempts, 1713 yards, 11td/4int
    88 rush attempts, 381 yards, 1td

    Our 7 games w/ Foles
    266 pass attempts, 1880 yards, 10td/8int
    162 rush attempts, 578 yards, 8td

    2019 so far…

    82 pass attempts, 544 yards, 5td/1int
    45 rush attemtps, 164 yards, 2td (by Jeffery and Wentz)
    684 yards allowed – 2nd most in NFL
    6 passing TD allowed – 2nd most in NFL

  17. rugbyisbetter says:
    September 16, 2019 at 4:15 am
    All the injuries last night, Foles could not have prevented. Else, he would have prevented himself from being injured last week and put on IR. (note, I love Foles, wish he was healthy, even for another team!)

    Fact of the matter is, the Eagles lost an important NFC game, due to another late start, then piling injuries, and then missing several assignments in the second half. They are still a Play-Off contender, with a team of top talent. They just need the consistency to do it. Very little room for error with the Cowboys in the division, and what would be likely a crowded Wild-Card group. Better regroup, get the ground game going more, and get the defense off the field after 3rd down.

    Next week is another chance

    *******
    thye eagles team had more injuries with foles last year and won

  18. Jason Harshman says:
    September 16, 2019 at 12:59 pm
    brianbcealge says:
    September 16, 2019 at 1:38 am
    It’s not that I don’t like Carson Wentz. It’s just that 2017 MVP thing is over and we can’t score in the first half. Maybe they get it fixed but this goes back to last year now. Foles saved Groh’s job last year but right he’ll be the scape goat.

    Foles mostly sucked in 2018 though. 4td/1int/1 fumble in one game, 6td/7int, 3 fumbles in six games. The passing game was way better with Wentz.

    Preseason
    0td/0int, 1 fumble
    0td/2int, 1 fumble

    0td/1int, 1 fumble (18-12 win vs Falcons)
    1td/0int, 1 fumble (27-21 loss to Buccaneers)
    0td/1int, 0 fumble (30-23 win vs Rams)
    4td/1int, 1 fumble (32-20 win vs Texans)
    2td/1int, 1 fumble (24-0 win vs Redskins – left game injured)
    2td/2int, 0 fumble (16-15 win vs Bears)
    1td/2int, 0 fumble (20-14 losst to Saints)

    Look at the lack of run game in losses and the balanced offense in our wins…

    5 wins with Wentz
    159 pass attempts, 1361 yards, 10td/3int
    139 rush attempts, 604 yards, 4td

    Our 6 losses w/ Wentz
    231 pass attempts, 1713 yards, 11td/4int
    88 rush attempts, 381 yards, 1td

    Our 7 games w/ Foles
    266 pass attempts, 1880 yards, 10td/8int
    162 rush attempts, 578 yards, 8td

    2019 so far…

    82 pass attempts, 544 yards, 5td/1int
    45 rush attemtps, 164 yards, 2td (by Jeffery and Wentz)
    684 yards allowed – 2nd most in NFL
    6 passing TD allowed – 2nd most in NFL

    *******
    stats dont win gmaes chemistry and intangibles win games thast why wentz with better stats went 5-6 yet same team won with foles wentz is bad for chemistry

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