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Australian rookie Cameron Johnston stuns on NFL debut for Super Bowl champions

Geelong-born Cameron Johnston and his booming right leg were among the stars as the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles kicked off the new NFL season with a win.

The Eagles held off a late-charging Atlanta Falcons 18-12 on Thursday in Philadelphia to mark the start of the NFL regular season.

Giant former South Sydney Rabbitohs junior Jordan Mailata, as expected, was not named in the Eagles' 46-man squad for the game but the team's other rookie Aussie, punter Johnston, showed no nerves in his debut.

Johnston was called on to boot the Eagles' spluttering offence out of trouble six times with an average of 47 yards per punt and a 65-Yard bomb his longest.

 Johnston was outstanding on his NFL debut, finishing with six punts for 313 yards against the Falcons

It was Johnston's 46-yard punt with seven minutes to go in the game that set the Eagles up for a match-winning, 11-yard touchdown by running back Jay Ajayi.

The Aussie drew the attention of former NFL punter Pat McAfee who tweeted enthusiastically about the rookie. 

"Punting from his own 30-yard line. Hammer time from the Australian! Absolute bomb. 59 yards in the air, 60 yards after it's downed, at the 10!

"Go and get jacked up you Aussie! Aussie, Aussie Aussie, oi, oi, oi! That's a 60-yard bomb!"

https://twitter.com/PatMcAfeeShow/status/1037889865663348736

Johnston, who grew up playing Aussie rules and was drafted by the Melbourne Demons in 2011, is battle-hardened for the pressure of the NFL after spending four years punting for Ohio State University in front of home crowds of more than 100,000.

Eagles quarterback Nick Foles had a difficult night, completing 19 of his 34 passes for just 117 yards while Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan also was rusty, connecting with 21 of his 43 passes for 251 yards.

The Eagles plan to take their time developing the 203cm tall, 157kg Mailata, who only played his first game of American football last month.

NFL fans were raving at Johnston's outstanding debut, including one fan who claimed he had a "bazooka" for a leg.

https://twitter.com/TDoedee31/status/1037891627925164032

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https://twitter.com/LesBowen/status/1037888894203822081

https://twitter.com/bengraham7/status/1037873352952565760

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