The Eagles took care of business on Sunday and got another much needed win against a banged up Falcons team in convincing style with a 34-7 victory. The Eagles came very close to getting their first shutout on the road since 1991, but the Falcons scored a touchdown on the last play of the game as time expired.
The Eagles were in control basically the whole game, and had Michael Vick and Kevin Kolb split the quarterback duties in the 4th quarter. The Eagles dominated the first half, but couldn't put the Falcons away. They got into the red zone 4 times in the first half, and only came away with 13 points on those 4 red zone possessions. Leonard Weaver had a great game both running and catching the football, and ended the game with 5 carries for 37 yards, and 2 receptions for 63 yards, and receiving touchdown. Jeremy Maclin led the receivers with 4 receptions for 83 yards.
The Eagles really spread the ball out in the rushing attack with McCoy getting 6 carries, Weaver getting 5, Michael Vick getting 4, Reggie Brown with 1, McNabb scrambling with 2, and Eldra Buckley in the game in the 4th quarter getting 8 carries. In total, the Eagles ran the ball 26 times for 103 yards. Also, even the offense didn't put the Falcons away in the 1st half, give them credit for opening the 2nd half with a touchdown drive to go up 20-0. Michael Vick even got some extended time in the 4th quarter and was able to run for and pass for a touchdown today.
The defense didn't really let the Falcons get much of anything, especially without starters Matt Ryan and Michael Turner. Chris Redman finished the game 23-44 for 235 yards, 1 TDs, and 2 INTs. Most of those yards from Redman came on the last possession of the game. The Falcons only were able to run the ball for 61 yards on 22 carries. The defense also had a goal line stand to close out the first half. If the Falcons had punched the ball in at that point, they would have only been down 13-7 to start the 2nd half. The defense had 2 sacks, 2 interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown by Sheldon Brown.
With Ryan and Turner out of the lineup for the Falcons, the Eagles had to take care of business this game, and they did just that. The Eagles move to 8-4 on the season, and depending on the outcome of the Giants-Cowboys game today, they could end up in a 1st place tie in the NFC East at the end of the day. Either way, the win was much needed with a trip to the Meadowlands next weekend to play the Giants.
The Eagles brass has to happy with this convincing victory so they can now expect us all to be happy when the announce the Andy Reid extension. I am happy with the Eagles victory, but will not be with the Reid extension.