NFL Game Summary - Atlanta at Philadelphia|
(Sunday, October 17th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 31, Atlanta 17
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Kevin Kolb was highly efficient in
throwing for 326 yards and a career-high three touchdowns, and the
Philadelphia Eagles trounced the visiting Atlanta Falcons, 31-17.
Kolb, who has been mired in a much-publicized quarterback controversy with the
injured Michael Vick, completed 23-of-29 passes and was picked off once for
the Eagles (4-2), who have won four of their last five games and notched their
first home victory in three tries.
Vick (ribs) has missed the last two games after being knocked out of a Week 4
matchup with the Redskins, and Kolb has filled in admirably by winning his
past two starts.
"One thing that I really saw (while Vick started) was the way Mike plays the
game," Kolb said. "He's out there just playing the game. Sometimes, as a
quarterback, you want to execute things so efficiently...that you forget to
just play the game. I've been doing that for a lot of years now, and I don't
worry about the execution things and who to get the ball to."
The main target of the game was Jeremy Maclin, who caught seven balls for a
career-best 159 yards and two touchdowns, including one that went for 83
yards. DeSean Jackson added a rushing touchdown and a receiving touchdown
before being knocked out of the game with a head injury early in the second
quarter on a scary hit from Atlanta's Dunta Robinson, who also left the game.
Matt Ryan was largely ineffective in his second homecoming for Atlanta (4-2),
connecting on just 23-of-42 throws for 250 yards with two touchdowns to Tony
Gonzalez and an interception. The Philadelphia-area native fell to 0-2 in his
career at Lincoln Financial Field.
Michael Jenkins led the receiving corps with five catches for 99 yards, while
Michael Turner ran for 45 yards on 15 carries for the Falcons, who had their
four-game win streak snapped.
"Obviously, today was a tough afternoon for our football team in all three
phases," said Falcons head coach Mike Smith. "We gave up way too many
explosive plays. We've got a whole lot of work to do, obviously, as a football
team. It was a very tough day for the Falcons."
The Eagles came out firing on all cylinders to build a big lead.
Atlanta went three-and-out on the game's first series, and Philadelphia gained
possession at its own 47. After Kolb hit Maclin on a 22-yard pass play,
Jackson got an end around to the left and sprinted his way past the defense
before just getting over the goal line for a 31-yard touchdown three minutes
into the game.
The Falcons looked to cut into their deficit, as a 42-yard completion from
Ryan to Jenkins put them in field goal range. Matt Bryant's 41-yard attempt,
however, banged off the left upright and fell to the field.
Kolb made Atlanta pay for its mistake, driving the Eagles downfield 69 yards
in just six plays. Jackson finished off the possession by catching a perfect
pass over the middle in the end zone from 34 yards out for a 14-0 lead with
6:50 still left in the opening quarter.
The Falcons' offense gained just one first down combined on their next three
drives -- on an Eagles' defensive penalty -- and Philadelphia extended its
lead to 21 points midway through the second after a 44-yard punt return by
Jorrick Calvin gave the hosts good field position.
The return put the Eagles at the Falcons' 34, and Kolb directed a seven-play
drive that ended when Maclin made a diving touchdown grab just over the goal
line near the right pylon from eight yards away.
Philadelphia was driving late in the first half until a tipped pass resulted
in an interception. Kolb was whistled for a horse-collar tackle, which gave
the Falcons the ball on the Eagles' 31 with just under a minute left. After a
pass interference call in the end zone, Ryan hit Gonzalez on a one-yard
scoring pass with 14 seconds left for a 14-point game.
Bryant drilled a 26-yard field goal with seven minutes left in the third to
cut Atlanta's deficit to 10, but the Eagles had an immediate answer, as Kolb
found Maclin streaking down the left sideline wide open for an 83-yard
touchdown toss less than a minute later.
Ryan's 13-yard touchdown pass to Gonzalez with 5:40 left in the game brought
the Falcons to within 11, but Atlanta didn't get the onside kick, and David
Akers' 30-yard field goal gave Philadelphia a 31-17 lead with three minutes to
Akers went 1-for-4 on field goal attempts, giving him three missed three field
goals in the game for the first time in his career...The Eagles, who played
without starting left tackle Jason Peters, allowed only one sack while
recording three -- two from Trent Cole...Philadelphia running back LeSean
McCoy had 64 yards rushing on 21 carries and added four catches for 21
yards...Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel had an interception, giving him 31
since 2006, the most in the NFL during that time...The Eagles have won six of
the last seven meetings between the teams.
10/17 17:53:46 ET