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Atlanta Falcons outlast Eagles in first game of the season

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The Philadelphia Eagles were one of the more changed teams this off-season with Chip Kelly pulling off some big deals that transformed the team.

They signed last year's top runningback in DeMarco Murray during free agency, they traded with the St Louis Rams for quarterback Sam Bradford and made headlines by temporarily signing Tim Tebow.

Big losses

While there was a lot of talent who made their way to Philadelphia this season, a lot of talent also left Lincoln Financial Field.


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Runningback LeSean McCoy, quarterback Nick Foles and wide receiver Jeremy Maclin all left the Eagles for new teams this off-season.

Ironically, all three of those players tasted victory this weekend while the Eagles fell to a 26-24 defeat at the hands of the Atlanta Falcons tonight.

Bradford and Murray made their Philadelphia debuts tonight and arguably had nights to forget as they both struggled in key departments.

Murray had the best night of the two as he scored two touchdowns - one rushing and one receiving to go a long way to keeping the Eagles in the game.

Despite multiple scores, Murray did struggle after having eight carries and four receptions but only managing a total of 20 yards.

Not the start the Eagles would have wanted in terms of yards gained but two touchdowns certainly did avoid Murray having a debut to forget.

As for Bradford, he threw for 336 yards and threw one touchdown pass but also threw two interceptions on a night to forget for him.

Picking up where he left off

One man who lived up to the expectations was Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones who made a great start to his 2015 season.

Jones had 141 receiving yards and two touchdowns as he was the key to the Falcons 20-3 half time lead.

Just one reception in the second half limited Jones' final yardage but that 44 yard reception was crucial as it relieved the pressure off the Falcons as the Eagles were coming back into the game.

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