UNDATED (AP) – Julio Jones hauled in a short pass on fourth down and took it 54 yards to the end zone with 2:10 remaining, giving the Atlanta Falcons a wild 24-20 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night.
The Falcons squandered a 17-6 lead against an injury plagued team that lost two of its top receivers, falling behind for the first time when Carson Wentz dove over from the 1 with 3:13 left to give the Eagles a 20-17 edge.
Philadelphia had a chance at the end when Wentz converted on fourth-and-14, somehow getting off a pass with a rusher in his chest that Nelson Agholor hauled in between two defenders for a 43-yard completion to the 18. But Atlanta held on, stopping Zach Ertz about a yard short of the marker on another fourth-down play inside the 10 to preserve a much-needed victory.
Jones bailed out Atlanta – and became Atlanta’s career leader in receiving yards with his winning score.
Elsewhere in the NFL:
– Dak Prescott carved up the Washington Redskins’ defense with his arm and his legs, completing 26 of 30 passes for 269 yards and three touchdowns and rushing for 69 yards in a 31-21 Dallas Cowboys victory Sunday to improve to 2-0. He’s the first Cowboys quarterback to compile seven touchdown passes in the first two games of the season since Don Meredith in 1966.
– Drew Brees injured his hand in the first quarter of the Los Angeles Rams’ 27-9 win over the New Orleans Saints. Jared Goff passed for 283 yards and a touchdown and rushed for another score for the unbeaten Rams. The much-anticipated rematch of last season’s NFC championship game changed dramatically when Brees was injured late in the first quarter.
– Patrick Mahomes bounced back from the first scoreless opening quarter of his career in the regular season by throwing four touchdown passes in a near-perfect second period that led the Kansas City Chiefs to a 28-10 victory over the Oakland Raiders.
– Eddy Pineiro’s 53-yard field goal with no time left lifted the Chicago Bears to a stunning 16-14 win over the Denver Broncos, who had taken the lead on a 2-point conversion with 31 seconds to go. The Bears benefited from a debatable flag and a 25-yard completion on fourth-and-15 to get into field-goal range.
– Antonio Brown caught a 20-yard touchdown pass in his debut for the New England Patriots, and they scored twice on interception returns in a two-minute fourth quarter span to beat the Miami Dolphins, 43-0. Brown finished with 56 yards on four receptions, all in the first half.
– Matthew Stafford threw a go-ahead, 31-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Golladay midway through the fourth quarter and Darius Slay made an interception in the end zone with 1:03 left to allow the Detroit Lions to beat the Los Angeles Chargers 13-10 despite a slew of mistakes.
– Jacoby Brissett became the latest Indianapolis quarterback to top Tennessee, throwing a 4-yard touchdown pass to T.Y. Hilton with 4:38 left to lead the Colts to a 19-17 victory in the Titans’ home opener.
– Russell Wilson threw for three touchdowns, including a 28-yard rainbow to DK Metcalf midway through the fourth quarter, and the Seattle Seahawks held off the Pittsburgh Steelers 28-26. The Steelers lost starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to a right elbow injury.
– Lamar Jackson threw for 272 yards and two touchdowns, ran for 120 yards and helped the Ravens beat the Cardinals 23-17 in a showdown between two of the league’s most exciting young quarterbacks.
– Justin Reid stopped Leonard Fournette on a 2-point conversion attempt with 36 seconds left and the Houston Texans held on to edge the Jacksonville Jaguars 13-12.
– Somewhat maligned Josh Allen ran for a touchdown, threw for another, and the Bills claimed the bragging rights of New York with a 28-14 victory over the Giants. Buffalo has its first 2-0 start since 2014.
– Aaron Rodgers threw two early touchdowns and the Green Bay Packers held on for a 21-16 win over the Minnesota Vikings. Rodgers completed nine of his first 10 passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns.
– Jimmy Garoppolo tied his career high with three touchdown passes and the San Francisco 49ers completed a sweet and satisfying week in the Buckeye State with a 41-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.