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(Sunday, October 26th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 27, Atlanta 14
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Brian Westbrook returned to play and scored twice as the Philadelphia Eagles beat up the Atlanta Falcons, 27-14, at Lincoln Financial Field.
Westbrook, who had missed two of the last three games with a rib injury and has been hampered by an ankle injury, had 167 yards on 22 carries and added 42 yards on six receptions for the Eagles (4-3), who have won their last two games.
"I believed the truth. The truth is I worked my butt off to get back," said Westbrook. "The offensive line did a great job of blocking."
Donovan McNabb went 19-for-34 with 253 yards and added 26 yards on the ground with a rushing touchdown for Philadelphia, which has won four of its last five against Atlanta. McNabb passed the 3,000-yard rushing mark in the game and became the eighth quarterback in NFL history to reach that plateau.
Philadelphia coach Andy Reid logged his 100th win as a head coach and became the 37th coach in NFL history to reach that milestone. Also, the team improved to 10-0 after the bye week under Andy Reid. Lastly, the Eagles became the seventh team in NFL history to reach 500 wins.
Matt Ryan went 21-for-40 with 270 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions while Roddy White added eight catches for 113 yards and two scores for the Falcons (4-3), who have dropped three of their four road games this season.
"I think they did a good job," said Ryan of the Eagles defense. "They've got a good defense, they've got a good scheme. Jimmy Johnson does a great job of getting those guys on the same page. They executed it well today, so credit to their defense."
The Eagles held a 13-point lead after a David Akers field goal with under eight minutes to play in the fourth quarter, but Atlanta answered to make it a six-point game.
The Falcons overcame their first obstacle on the drive when they faced a 3rd- and-15 and Ryan hit Jason Snelling for 18 yards. Ryan converted another third down play as he hooked up with Jerious Norwood for 20 yards. Facing a 4th- and-5 at the Eagles 15, Ryan found White for six yards and, two plays later, connected with White in the back of the end zone from eight yards out to make it a 20-14 game with 3:55 to play.
Atlanta held Philadelphia to a three-and-out on the ensuing possession, but Adam Jennings was ruled to have touched the punt attempt and Philadelphia recovered in Atlanta territory. Replay showed that Jennings had never touched the ball, but since it was before the two-minute warning and Atlanta had used all of its timeouts, the on-field call stood and the Eagles had the ball.
Two plays later, Westbrook went around the left tackle and into the end zone on a 39-yard score to seal the win for Philadelphia.
The first quarter passed without either team getting on the board, but Atlanta struck in the second to take the lead.
Facing a 3rd-and-10 near midfield, Ryan connected with White over the middle. The speedy wide receiver then split between the defenders and raced into the end zone on a 55-yard score for a 7-0 lead with 8:56 left in the first half.
After an exchange of punts, the Eagles got on the board. A nine-play drive that covered 60 yards was capped on a McNabb three-yard touchdown run up the middle to tie the game with 2:25 left in the second.
The Eagles had the last possession of the first half and got into field goal position. Akers gave the team a 10-7 lead as he nailed a 36-yard field goal on the last play of the half.
Philadelphia started the second half with the ball. An eight-play, 69-yard drive was capped on a Westbrook run that started up the middle before a cut to the right side on his way to a 16-yard score and a 17-7 lead with 10:24 to play.
Atlanta then drove down the field and had a 1st-and-goal after a pass interference call on Philadelphia. However, Ryan threw up a floater towards the right side of the end zone that fell short and Lito Sheppard came down with the interception to protect the lead.
In the fourth quarter, the Eagles had a 1st-and-goal at the one-yard line, but were unable to punch the ball in and Akers' 18-yard field goal gave the team a 20-7 lead with under eight minutes to play.
Eagles tight end L.J. Smith left the game in the fourth quarter after a late hit by Lawyer Milloy. He was later said to have a concussion...McNabb is 4-0 in four career home games against Atlanta...Eagles rookie wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who had three catches for 72 yards, leads all rookies with 505 receiving yards and leads NFC rookies with 32 receptions...Philadelphia wide receiver Kevin Curtis played his first game of the season after missing the first six contests due to a sports hernia and had three catches for 45 yards...Norwood had five catches for 55 yards...Westbrook reached 5,000 rushing yards in his career, joining Wilbert Montgomery and Steve Van Buren as the only Philadelphia running backs to reach that plateau...Falcons tackle Todd Weiner left the game in the second half with a knee injury and did not return.
10/26 20:34:43 ET
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