WATCH: What Falcons coach Dan Quinn said after beating Eagles 24-20
ATLANTA -- When the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles get together, memorable things seem to happen. Coming into Sunday night, three of the last four meetings between these two franchises were decided by one possession with the lone exception just a nine-point win for the Eagles.
Sunday night in Week 2 was no different. The Falcons came dangerously close to falling to 0-2 but after blowing a multi-score second-half lead, the Falcons rallied to edge the Philadelphia Eagles, 24-20.
While it's still very early in the season, it's hard to oversell the importance of this victory. With the NFC looking crowded again this year, the Falcons could ill-afford to drop another game to a potential wild card contender. Atlanta also picked up a game on New Orleans with the Saints loss to the Los Angeles Rams.
Dan Quinn spoke for 10 minutes to the media after the game, beginning his press conference thanking the fans and noting Matt Ryan and Julio Jones' history on the game-winning touchdown play.
With just a little more than two minutes remaining in regulation, the Falcons went for fourth-and-3 at their own 46-yard line. It turned out to absolutely be the correct decision, as offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter had the perfect playcall against the Eagles' all-out blitz. Ryan found Jones in the flat, who flew down the field for a 54-yard touchdown.
"It's a big, little play. If you hit it against a zero blitz, and you can make it, it goes big," Quinn said. "If they end up moving out of the blitz, you may not get it. But in that case, it was the right call, the right check. Good call by Dirk (Koetter) and well executed by Matt."
With the win, Atlanta improves to 1-1. The Falcons lost in Week 1 against the Minnesota Vikings. Atlanta will visit the Indianapolis Colts next Sunday.
Watch the video above for the rest of what Quinn said after the win.