Sunday, December 6, 2009
Wrap-up: Eagles 34, Falcons 7
By Dan Graziano
The Eagles did what they had to do against a team that was missing its star quarterback and running back. Philly took a 13-0 halftime lead, in part, because of a goal-line stand. Safety Quintin Mikell said the defense took it personally that the Falcons would try to score a touchdown with such a depleted offense. And the Eagles stone-walled Jason Snelling twice to preserve the shutout at halftime.
Even without DeSean Jackson (concussion), the Eagles were still a big-play offense. Jeremy Maclin had a 56-yard catch and Leonard Weaver had one for 59 yards. The Eagles didn't turn to LeSean McCoy in the running game because they really didn't need him. He joined the crowd of receivers who piled up big numbers against the Falcons' secondary.
It was also a good homecoming for Michael Vick, who ran for his first touchdown of the season and then threw for one. Fans were chanting "We want Vick!" in the Georgia Dome and he said he was humbled by the moment. The Eagles are now tied for first place in the NFC East with the Cowboys at 8-4. They'll play the Giants in the Meadowlands next week in a division showdown.
Falcons quarterback Chris Redman never had a chance against the Eagles. It was a dominating win, and the Eagles are one step closer to a playoff spot.