Final

Falcons 30

(7-0, 4-0 away)

Eagles 17

(3-4, 2-2 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, October 28, 2012

Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA 

1 2 3 4 T
ATL 14 10 3 330
PHI 0 7 3 717

Top Performers

Passing: M. Ryan (ATL) - 262 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: J. Rodgers (ATL) - 8 CAR, 60 YDS

Receiving: J. Jones (ATL) - 5 REC, 123 YDS, 1 TD

Matt Ryan throws 3 touchdowns, helps Falcons remain unbeaten

Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- Asante Samuel stared directly at his former team's sideline and started trash-talking right after the coin toss. By the fourth quarter, Samuel was dancing on the field between plays.

Matt Ryan made it easy for his loquacious teammate to gloat.

Ryan threw touchdown passes on Atlanta's first three possessions against the Eagles and new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, and the Falcons remained the NFL's only unbeaten team with a convincing 30-17 win over Philadelphia on Sunday.

"We're 7-0 over here baby," Samuel said. "If I was over there now, they have to go to work."

The Falcons are 7-0 for the first time in the franchise's 47-year history while the Eagles (3-4) lost after a bye for the first time in 14 games under coach Andy Reid since 1999.

"That was an embarrassing performance," Reid said. "I'm stating the obvious. We need to get better. I need to do a better job. This is fixable. We have the talent."

Ryan finished 22 of 29 for 262 yards and three TDs for his first win against his hometown team in three tries.

Michael Vick didn't turn the ball over for once, but he played so-so and failed to beat his former team in his second start against the Falcons since returning to the NFL in 2009.

"Whatever decision coach makes, I support it," Vick said when asked about possibly being benched for rookie Nick Foles. "I know I'm giving it everything I have when I'm out there."

Reid said he's going to evaluate whether he makes a quarterback change. The defense was the problem against Atlanta, however.

The Falcons scored on their first six possessions before punting for the first time with 5:35 left.

"When you do that, it's going to be a good day," Ryan said.

This was a validation win for Atlanta. The Falcons entered with no victories over a team with a winning record and their opponents were a combined 13-24 going into this weekend. Perhaps that's why they were a surprising 3-point underdog despite Philadelphia's recent struggles.

"We like to have a lot of fun," Falcons coach Mike Smith said. "We have a very mature group. We have a bunch of guys who are mentors. We're good at focusing on the task at hand. We're on point when we kick off and guys have done a good job focusing all season."

Reid's Eagles have lost three in a row since starting 3-1. Reid fired Juan Castillo and replaced him with Bowles two days after Philadelphia blew its second straight fourth-quarter lead in an overtime loss to Detroit.

Clearly, it didn't work.

Castillo's defense allowed 18.5 points per game, excluding two TD returns against the offense. Bowles' D allowed 21 points in the first 24 minutes and couldn't make a stop until the fourth quarter.

"I did what I did and what I thought was right at the time," Reid said about the switch. "We need to get better there."

A sellout crowd anticipating a pending storm expected to hit the East Coast soon started filtering out in the third quarter. Those who stuck around booed the Eagles off the field, though one guy chanted "E-A-G-L-E-S" in the final minute.

The anti-Reid fans may be seeing him in his final months with the team. Owner Jeffrey Lurie already stated before the season that another 8-8 finish would be "unacceptable."

The Falcons methodically drove 80 yards on 16 plays on the opening possession, converting five third downs. A holding call on defensive end Jason Babin kept the drive going after Ryan threw an incomplete pass on third-and-10. Ryan then threw a 15-yard TD pass to Drew Davis for a 7-0 lead.

Ryan tossed a 3-yard TD pass to Jason Snelling to make it 14-0. Penalties on Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Mychal Kendricks on separate third downs kept Atlanta's drive going.

After going three-and-out on the first series, the Eagles put it together on the next drive by mixing in seven runs among their 13 plays. LeSean McCoy scored from the 2 to cut it to 14-7.

But the Falcons answered quickly. Ryan connected with Julio Jones over Nnamdi Asomugha for the 63-yard score to put Atlanta up 21-7.

Atlanta converted their first nine third-down tries, including three by penalty. The Eagles finally held in the final minute of the second quarter and Matt Bryant's 43-yard field goal gave the Falcons a 24-7 halftime lead. Bryant kicked field goals of 29 and 30 on the next two drives.

The Eagles made it 30-17 on Vick's 7-yard TD pass to McCoy in the fourth quarter.

Samuel had 25 interceptions and went to three Pro Bowls in four seasons in Philadelphia before the acquisitions of Asomugha and Rodgers-Cromartie forced him out. He was traded to the Falcons for a seventh-round pick in April and enjoyed his return to Lincoln Financial Field.

"I love the fans," he said. "They can boo me. They can cheer for me. Doesn't do anything but add fuel to the fire."

Game notes


The Falcons won in Philadelphia for the first time since Oct. 30, 1988. They were 0-6 with two playoff losses. ... Neither team had a turnover. ... The Eagles got their first sack in four games since Week 3. ... Eagles rookie Dennis Kelly took his first snap in the NFL, starting for the injured Danny Watkins (ankle) at RG. ... Kendricks was benched for the first series for disciplinary reasons. Casey Matthews took his place at strongside LB. ... Falcons coach Mike Smith moved past Dan Reeves into first place on the club's all-time list with 50 wins.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ATL
PHI
1st Downs2420
Passing 1st downs
1410
Rushing 1st downs
69
1st downs from penalties
41
3rd down efficiency
7-136-13
4th down efficiency
0-11-3
Total Plays6862
Total Yards392270
Yards per play5.84.4
Total Drives910
Passing246178
Comp-Att
22-2921-35
Yards per pass
7.94.7
Interceptions thrown
00
Sacks-Yards Lost
2-163-13
Rushing14692
Rushing Attempts
3724
Yards per rush
3.93.8
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-00-0
Penalties6-406-57
Turnovers00
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
00
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession32:5527:05

Passing Leaders

ATLC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Ryan22/292629.0302-16
PHIC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Vick21/351915.5103-13

Rushing Leaders

ATLCARYDSAVGTDLG
Rodgers8607.5043
Turner24582.4011
PHICARYDSAVGTDLG
McCoy16452.8110
Vick7426.0013

Receiving Leaders

ATLRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jones512324.6163
White33812.7014
PHIRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jackson55911.8032
Avant44511.3014

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERATLPHI
atlTD6:21Drew Davis 15 Yard Pass From Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant Kick is Good)
Drive info: 16 plays, 80 yds, 8:44
70
atlTD0:36Jason Snelling 3 Yard Pass From Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant Kick is Good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 51 yds, 4:18
140
SECOND QUARTERATLPHI
phiTD8:23Lesean Mccoy 2 Yard Run (Alex Henery Kick is Good)
Drive info: 13 plays, 66 yds, 7:14
147
atlTD6:41Julio Jones 63 Yard Pass From Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 73 yds, 1:45
217
atlFG0:06Matt Bryant 43 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 13 plays, 66 yds, 2:46
247
THIRD QUARTERATLPHI
phiFG11:23Alex Henery 33 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 9 plays, 68 yds, 3:40
2410
atlFG6:15Matt Bryant 29 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 12 plays, 69 yds, 5:10
2710
FOURTH QUARTERATLPHI
atlFG15:00Matt Bryant 30 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 9 plays, 78 yds, 5:05
3010
phiTD7:23Lesean Mccoy 7 Yard Pass From Michael Vick (Alex Henery Kick is Good)
Drive info: 16 plays, 80 yds, 7:39
3017

Research Notes

LeSean McCoy was contacted behind the line of scrimmage on five of his 16 rushes, continuing a troubling trend for the Eagles offense.
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Matt Ryan countered Philadelphia's four-man pass rush by completing 9-of-10 screen passes for 81 yards and a touchdown. No quarterback this season had even attempted nine screen passes in a game.
The Eagles entered Sunday as the fourth-most conservative defense in the league, and little changed with new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles as the team sent four or fewer pass rushers after Matt Ryan on 30 of Ryan's 33 dropbacks. Ryan responded by setting season highs for an Eagles opponent in completion percentage, yards per attempt, touchdowns and first-down percentage against four or fewer pass rushers.
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Not only are the Atlanta Falcons 7-0, they have also scored 23 or more points in every game this season. Only 5 OTHER teams in NFL history went 7-0 to start the season and scored 23 or more points in every one of those games.
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The Eagles loss today was their first in 14 games after a bye under Andy Reid.
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From Elias: The Falcons are 15-0 when Matt Ryan throws at least three touchdowns. That's the second-most wins without a loss in NFL history when throwing three or more touchdowns.
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