Atlanta 35, Philadelphia 31

Sunday, September 18, 2011 8:20 PM
WHEN: 8:20 PM EST, Sunday, September 18, 2011
WHERE: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia
TEMPERATURE: DOME
HEAD OFFICIAL: Carl Cheffers
ATTENDANCE: 69608

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
Philadelphia 0 10 21 0 31
Atlanta 7 7 7 14 35

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Philadelphia 1-1 0-0 1-1 L1
Atlanta 1-1 1-0 0-1 W1

Recap


Matt Ryan led a pair of 80-yard, fourth-quarter touchdown drives as the Atlanta Falcons knocked out Michael Vick and knocked off the visiting Philadelphia Eagles 35-31 on Sunday night.

Ryan threw four touchdown passes and Michael Turner rushed for 114 yards and a touchdown as the Falcons overcame a three-touchdown blitz in the third quarter by the Eagles to even their record at 1-1.

Vick was knocked out of the game late in the third quarter when he was spun around and his head smacked into a teammate's shoulder pads. He was spitting blood as he left the field and went to the locker room with what was diagnosed as a concussion.

Rookie Mike Kafka replaced Vick and was driving Philadelphia (1-1) toward a possible go-ahead score, but Jeremy Maclin dropped a fourth-down pass with under two minutes to play.

Vick finished 19 of 28 for two touchdowns and one interception in his return to the city where he played his first six seasons.

Ryan, who became the face of the franchise after Vick was jailed on federal dogfighting charges, brought Atlanta back from a 31-21 third-quarter deficit with a pair of efficient drives to improve to 21-2 in his career at the Georgia Dome.

Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez moved into fifth place all time on the NFL career receptions list with seven catches for 83 yards and two touchdowns.

Maclin and LeSean McCoy scored two touchdowns apiece for the Eagles, who stormed back from an 11-point deficit by scoring three TDs in a span of 8:01 in the third period.

Top Game Performances

Rushing
Philadelphia   Atlanta
LeSean McCoy Player Michael Turner
18 Attempts 21
95 Yards 114
5.3 Avg Yards 5.4
2 Touchdowns 1
23 Long 61
Receiving
Philadelphia   Atlanta
Jeremy Maclin Player Tony Gonzalez
13 Receptions 7
171 Yards 83
13.2 Avg Yards 11.9
2 Touchdowns 2
43 Long 17

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
Philadelphia 447 133 314 4 1 2 4.0 0
Atlanta 318 138 180 5 0 1 0.0 3

Upcoming Games

  • Atlanta will play their next game on the road against Tampa Bay. The Falcons have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .500 after a loss.
  • Philadelphia will play their next game at home against N.Y. Giants. The Eagles have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .500 after a loss.
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