- Pat Yasinskas, ESPN Staff Writer
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PHILADELPHIA -- I’m heading downstairs for interviews and will back with much more in a bit. But, first, some Rapid Reaction on Atlanta’s 31-17 loss to Philadelphia.
What it means: It turns out that reports of the Falcons being the best team in the NFC were wrong. At the very least, they were premature. This one was on the road against a good team, so there’s not a lot of shame. But the Falcons won a game like this when they went to New Orleans. If you want to be the best team in the NFC South, you have to win games like these consistently.
What’s next: The one bit of good news is the Falcons don’t have to go on the road again for more than a month. They’re home next Sunday against Cincinnati. After that, they have a bye, followed by home games with Tampa Bay and Baltimore.
Hindsight: Michael Vick wasn’t even a factor against his former team. Vick didn’t start because of a rib injury. Although he was declared the team’s No. 3 quarterback, he didn’t dress and never appeared on the field. Team officials said Vick was watching the game from the locker room. He might end up watching Kevin Kolb start the rest of the season after Kolb played a nearly flawless game.
Injury of note: Cornerback Dunta Robinson left the game in the first half after a full-speed collision where he and Philadelphia receiver DeSean Jackson banged heads. Neither player returned. We don’t know full details on Robinson’s condition just yet. But, if he suffered a concussion, he might miss some time. That would leave the Falcons where they were last year – without a true No. 1 cornerback -- with Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco coming to town.