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11:35 p.m.: Had Zach Ertz been able to stretch another foot, the Eagles might have been able to pull out a win, but it didn’t happen. Ertz picked up 7 1/2 yards on 4th-and-8 with the Eagles driving toward the end zone and the Falcons pick up the win.
An absolutely crazy game with a injuries and craziness. It would have been a huge win, but the Eagles come up just short.
Final: Falcons 24, Eagles 20
11:17 p.m.: Matt Ryan just hit Julio Jones on a little dump off that went for a 54-yard touchdown to give the Falcons the lead again. It came on 4th-and-3.
JULIO JONES TURNS THIS GAME AROUND— SNF on NBC (@SNFonNBC) September 16, 2019
Carson Wentz and the Eagles will get the ball back with two timeouts and 2:10 left.
11:10 p.m.: Are you kidding me?
The Eagles just drove 73 yards on 13 plays in 8:29 to score a touchdown, get a 2-point conversion and take a three-point lead with just over three minutes left.
Carson Wentz connected with Mack Hollins on a 3rd-and-6 and a 3rd-and-9 to move the sticks. And then Wentz punched in a touchdown from the 1-yard line on a QB sneak. He spiked the ball so hard, he fell over. Then he hit Zach Ertz for the 2-point conversion.
3:13 left: Eagles 20, Falcons 17
10:54 p.m.: Andrew Sendejo just picked up the first full sack of his career. He’s in Year 10. Good time for it. It forced a punt and gives the Eagles the ball with 11:42 left, down 5.
10:50 p.m.: The Eagles drive fizzled and now they need the defense to come up with another stop, but the Falcons have a short field. They’re at their own 45-yard line.
10:41 p.m.: Big INT for Nate Gerry in the end zone. It was a touchback but Derek Barnett was called for an unsportsmanlike penalty to give the Eagles the ball at their own 10-yard line. Still, no points for Atlanta and the Eagles are down five points with 12 seconds left in the third quarter.
It was Gerry’s second-career INT.
10:37 p.m.: If you need to catch up on all the injuries:
#Eagles still out:— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroNBCS) September 16, 2019
Corey Clement (shoulder)
Tim Jernigan (foot)
DeSean Jackson (groin)
Dallas Goedert (calf)
Alshon Jeffery (calf)
Eagles who returned:
Carson Wentz (checked for concussion)
Nelson Agholor (checked for concussion)
And now Sidney Jones to the medical tent. Unreal.
10:30 p.m.: The Eagles are alive!
Even though half of their team has taken a trip to the blue medical tent, they’re down just five points in the third quarter. After Ronald Darby got his first INT in nearly a calendar year, Carson Wentz hit Nelson Agholor on a 4-yard touchdown. Wentz dove across the goal line for the 2-pointer but a review ruled he was short.
Still 4:57 left in the third quarter:
Falcons 17, Eagles 12
10:16 p.m.: Nelson Agholor was being evaluated for a concussion, but he’s back in the game. He’s good to go. That means the Eagles have three healthy receivers.
But then there's this:
I’m told Jernigan was on a cart while team was in locker room at halftime.... he was taken down hallway maybe for X-rays— Derrick Gunn (@RealDGunnNBCS) September 16, 2019
10:11 p.m.: Well … that wasn’t an ideal start to the second half.
Corey Clement fumbled the kickoff and the Falcons needed just three plays to punch in a touchdown. Matt Ryan hit Julio Jones for a 4-yard touchdown to cap the short drive.
Still 13:23 left in the third: Falcons 17, Eagles 6
9:59 p.m.: Party in the blue tent!
The Eagles are somehow down just four points, 10-6, at halftime, but have had a ton of injuries, including Carson Wentz, who left the game for six plays late in the first half.
After Sidney Jones picked off a pass from Matt Ryan, Josh McCown took the field with the offense, but Wentz eventually returned. Jake Elliott hit his second field goal to cut the deficit to four points.
Add Wentz to the growing list of Eagles who have been hurt tonight: Dallas Goedert (calf), Alshon Jeffery (calf), DeSean Jackson (groin) and Jason Kelce, who returned without missing any time.
#Eagles left at WR: JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Mack Hollins— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroNBCS) September 16, 2019
TE: Zach Ertz
The Eagles were out-gained 207 to 95 in the first half.
At half: Falcons 10, Eagles 6
9:28 p.m.: The Falcons just scored the games first touchdown. Matt Ryan hit Calvin Ridley for a 34-yard touchdown over Ronald Darby. It’s pretty clear the Falcons are targeting Darby, who isn’t playing well. And Andrew Sendejo didn’t provide the help he was supposed to on that play.
With 4:56 left in the half: Falcons 10, Eagles 3
9:19 p.m.: We finally have an update on a couple more injured players. We already knew Dallas Goedert (calf) was questionable to return.
Add two more to that list:
Alshon Jeffery (calf) and DeSean Jackson (groin) are questionable to return. #Eagles— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroNBCS) September 16, 2019
The Eagles now have just three receivers — Nelson Agholor, JJ Arcega-Whiteside and Mack Hollins — and one tight end (Zach Ertz) healthy.
Matt Bryant just missed a 50-yard field goal to keep this game tied.
9:08 p.m.: The Eagles just tied the game at 3-3 in the second quarter as Jake Elliott hit a 34-yard field goal.
The Eagles are dealing with some injuries on offense to their skill position players. Dallas Goedert, Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson all have injuries. And now Jason Kelce is in the medical tent. If Kelce has to miss time, Isaac Seumalo would likely slide to center and Halapoulivaati Vaitai would likely play LG.
8:48 p.m.: A really nice TFL from Derek Barnett and the Eagles forced their first punt of the game. Interesting that on third down, Josh
8:38 p.m.: The Eagles were forced to punt on their first drive, but a nice punt from Cam Johnston and a heads up play from Mack Hollins pins the Falcons at their own 1-yard line.
Dallas Goedert, who might have gotten hurt during warmups, did not see the field on that first drive.
8:29 p.m.: The Falcons were moving down the field until Brandon Graham had a huge six-yard TFL and eventually the Eagles forced the Falcons into the first third down of the game. The Eagles’ sticks defense held up, but Matt Bryant hit a 50-yard field goal. Still, it looked like the Falcons were gonna score a touchdown in a hurry and the Eagles’ defense held.
Still 9:28 left in the first: Falcons 3, Eagles 0
8:05 p.m.: Dallas Goedert was spotted heading back inside during warmups. He was spotted by NBC Sports Philadelphia’s John Clark.
That’s something to watch in this game. The Eagles came into this game with just two tight ends: Zach Ertz and Goedert. If Goedert is limited, expect to see a lot of Andre Dillard as a tight end/inline blocker.
6:55 p.m.: The roof is indeed opening.
The roof is opening. pic.twitter.com/JBlrJPQPLU— Reuben Frank (@RoobNBCS) September 15, 2019
6:54 p.m.: No surprises on the list of Eagles inactive players. In fact, the same seven from last week are inactive:
Kamu Grugier-Hill (knee)
Jordan Mailata (back)
Nate Sudfeld (wrist)
6:40 p.m.: DeSean Jackson has taken the field.
And this is a good sign for Kamu Grugier-Hill, who's not wearing a brace.
What a sideline grab by Kamu! In all seriousness, he does look close to being ready. pic.twitter.com/9aH20hp1EY— Reuben Frank (@RoobNBCS) September 15, 2019
6:20 p.m.: Carson Wentz is out on the field and getting ready.
Carson Wentz warming up pregame. This would be one of the biggest road wins of his career.— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) September 15, 2019
NBC’s Michelle Tafoya told me this is as good as Carson has looked and felt physically and mentally#Eagles pic.twitter.com/XNTtu0qPD1
Carson stretching with a Gatorade towel. pic.twitter.com/xslRbwnsIF— Reuben Frank (@RoobNBCS) September 15, 2019
4:47 p.m.: A quick look from the early games: The Giants lost to the Bills to fall to 0-2.
And the Cowboys moved to 2-0 with a 31-21 win over the Redskins (0-2). That means the Eagles need to win tonight to keep pace with the Cowboys in the NFC East. Either way, this is becoming a two-team race like we all expected. Dak Prescott has now thrown for 674 yards and seven touchdowns in his first two games. He’s just the 11th quarterback all-time to put up those numbers in the first two games of a season.
4:44 p.m.: I have arrived to Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the second time in two days. This time, I’m really looking forward to the game.
8:21 a.m.: Good morning, everyone! It’s going to be a long day of waiting for Sunday Night Football, but we should be in for a good game tonight.
I got into Atlanta yesterday around noon and already saw a bunch of Eagles fans as I walked around town. I’d expect there to be a bunch at the game tonight.
Last night, I got a chance to get a sneak peek at Mercedes-Benz Stadium a little early; I went to an Atlanta United game. The stadium is really cool; they did a good job. And for those going to the game, remember: the concession prices are really reasonable. That’s one of the coolest things about this new stadium.
Apparently I got here a day early but at least there’s a futbol game going on. pic.twitter.com/Jz1DF9mFkb— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroNBCS) September 14, 2019
For those who were asking, the Falcons play on different turf than the Atlanta United and the soccer pitch is wider too, so more seats get put in.
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