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Falcons Win Bird Fight

Atlanta Falcons DE Kroy Biermann pressures Eagles QB Michael Vick.

Atlanta scored on its first six possessions to run their record to 7-0 defeating the Philadelphia Eagles 30-17 at Lincoln Financial Field in week 8.

In two head-to-head meetings since Michael Vick was named the Eagles starter, Matt Ryan remains undefeated. Ryan threw for 262 yards and 3 touchdowns on 22 of 29 passes.

Matt Ryan tossed the first of his three scores, a 15 yard touchdown, to Drew Davis on the first Falcons possession of the game to ignite the scoring frenzy. Jason Snelling scored the Falcons next touchdown on Ryan’s second touchdown pass of the game.

The Eagles finally responded with a 13 play, 66 yard drive to draw the game within a score. LeSean McCoy capped the drive with a 2 yard run off right tackle.

Before the Philly fans finished cheering the Falcons offense was back in the endzone. Ryan opted for a quick hitter instead of the scenic route taken on the previous two long drives. His target of choice this time was none other than Julio Jones. Ryan hit Jones, who had three or four steps on corner Namdi Asomugha, in stride at the 25 for a 63 yard touchdown.

The highly coveted 2011 free agent saw it the way it happened. "He just created separation and got it,” said Asomugha of the play. “It was nothing special or anything particular that happened. He just got it."

Philadelphia’s defensive front didn’t help the secondary out much as Ryan stayed upright the entire first half of play. Ryan credited offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter and his offensive line for that. "For the most part all day I was clean,” said Ryan. Our offensive line played really, really well against a very good front seven, so credit to those guys up front. They played well."

“We brought pressure, and they countered it with screens, said Eagles safety Kurt Coleman. “I think with any aggressive team, that’s how you do that.”

Notables:

  • Falcons Coach Mike Smith earned his 50th career win becoming the first coach in franchise history to reach the mark.
  • Atlanta become the first team to beat the Andy Reid led Eagles coming off a bye week. The Eagles were 13-0 prior to Sunday’s loss.
  • Falcons Safety Thomas DeCoud continues on pace for post-season honors with a 9 tackle performance. On the season, the fifth year pro has 31 solo tackles, 5 assists, 1 sack, and 4 interceptions.
  • Eagles Safety Nate Allen led the team in tackles with 8.
  • Eagles DT Cullen Jenkins notched his first sack of the year.






  • Atlanta Falcons 30 vs Philadelphia Eagles 17
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    Photos by Bobby Fisher


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