A goal-line stand just before the end of the first half helped set the table for the Eagles to run away with a 34-7 victory in Atlanta.
Eagles QB Michael Vick got a warm welcome at the Georgia Dome and responded by running for one touchdown and throwing for another one.
With RB LeSean McCoy struggling, FB Leonard Weaver helped the Eagles generate some production on the ground and caught a touchdown as well.
The Eagles only came away with one touchdown on four trips inside the red zone during the first half.
Strong special teams play helped the Eagles open a 10-point lead in the first half as Jeremy Maclin set up a field goal with a punt return and a fumble on the ensuing kickoff set up Weaver’s touchdown.
Said Falcons coach Mike Smith, “There are no excuses. Injuries are a fact of life in the
NFL. … The next man up has to step up and do the job. We will not
Before a 99-yard drive that closed out the game, the Falcons managed only 196 yards offensively.
Mark Bradley of the Atlanta Journal Constitution writes that the Falcons didn’t have enough healthy talent to hang with the Eagles.
Tony Gonzalez had eight catches, giving him 69 for the year and the Falcons’ franchise record for catches by a tight end.
Falcons QB Chris Redman threw for 253 yards, but his two interceptions were more indicative of an inaccurate performance.