By JOHN DORN
There were months of build up ahead of the Philadelphia Eagles' 2015 debut, given the dramatic overhaul orchestrated by Chip Kelly over the offseason. Nobody knew if it was genius, ridiculous or both. We still don't know for sure, but one thing's for certain: Philly is 0-1.
Sam Bradford threw the ball 52 times, completing 36 and going for 336 yards with a score and two picks. Newly acquired DeMarco Murray carried the ball a total of eight times for a whopping nine yards, but scored twice.
Matt Ryan put up a relatively pedestrian performance, but Julio Jones and Roddy White appeared to be the dynamic duo they comprised years ago. Jones, with 141 yards and two scores, and White, with four catches for 84 yards, made up a bulk of the Falcons' offense. Tevin Coleman carried it 20 times for 80 yards.
For Philadelphia, the experiment rolls on to Week 2. But with a few more cards stacked against them.
Falcons 26, Eagles 24
ALSO: 49ers 20, Vikings 3
On the Diamond
WSH 8, PHI 7
They needed a win to keep the Mets' magic number in double digits, and despite blowing two leads, the Nationals managed to escape Citizens Bank Park with an extra-inning victory.
NYM 4, MIA 3
Mark it down as yet another come-from-behind victory for the Mets, who won with Logan Verrett on the mound, manning the territory in the absence of Matt Harvey. Home runs by Yoenis Cespedes (surprise!) and Travis d'Arnaud got it going, and David Wright drove in the winning run with a double to make it eight straight.
NYY 4, TB 1
On a night where the Yankees needed to win, they did. But barely. Slade Heathcott stepped up in a tie game with two men on in the ninth inning and knocked a game-winning three-run shot to give the Yankees some much-needed momentum.
TEX 5, HOU 3
They looked dead in the water earlier this summer, but the Texas Rangers now sit just a half-game behind the Houston Astros for first in the AL West.
MIN 7, DET 1
Hanging tight behind the Rangers and Yankees are the Minnesota Twins, still just one game back.
SF 5, CIN 3
Barely on the cusp of playoff contention, the Giants need victories to stay alive, and to their credit, they're getting them. They're 7-3 in their last 10, but still seven games out of the Wild Card.
CWS 8, OAK 7
SD 10, ARI 3
LAD 4, COL 1
SEA 10, LAA 1
BAL 2, BOS 0
CLE 8, KC 3
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