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Rapid Reaction: Eagles 27, Falcons 14

10/26/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
Huge win for the Eagles at home. You had the feeling running back Brian Westbrook would put up big numbers and he didn't disappoint. He used the bye week to recover from ankle and rib injuries, and he ran like a man possessed Sunday. He ran 22 times for 167 yards and two touchdowns.

Quarterback Donovan McNabb wasn't all that efficient, but he made plays when he had to. He showed some speed on a 12-yard run and then he raced in for a 3-yard touchdown. It appears that Andy Reid isn't trying to protect him as much anymore -- and that's a good thing for Eagles fans.

Matt Ryan put up decent numbers with 277 yards and two touchdowns, but his two interceptions were big. Lito Sheppard and Asante Samuel each had an interception as the Eagles improved to 4-3 on the season. The Eagles now travel to Seattle, which blew out the 49ers on Sunday. If the Eagles beat Seattle, they have a great chance of overtaking the Cowboys in the standings next week.

It's hard to get a feel for this Eagles team, but they're definitely right in the thick of things in the playoff race.