Eagles Drop Falcons 18-12

Jay Ajayi and a goal-line stand allowed the Philadelphia Eagles to begin their Super Bowl title defence with a victory.

Ajayi scored the winning touchdown with 2:19 remaining and accounted for 14 points as the Eagles pulled out an 18-12 win over the Atlanta Falcons in a rematch of last year's NFC divisional round.

The Falcons led 12-10 until Ajayi ran 11 yards for a TD and cracked the end zone for the two-point conversion.  He also rushed for a one-yard score and finished with 62 yards on 15 carries.

The Eagles' winning drive came about 7 1/2 minutes after Tevin Coleman furnished a nine-yard rushing TD to put the Falcons ahead, 12-10.

Eagles quarterback Nick Foles completed 19 of 34 passes for just 117 yards, no touchdowns and one interception.

Matt Ryan was 21 of 43 for 251 yards, most of that going to Julio Jones.

Fans were asked to seek cover before kickoff as a severe thunderstorm rolled through Philadelphia.