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Falcons Vs. Eagles: Atlanta remains undefeated with 30-17 road win

The Atlanta Falcons went on the road and remained undefeated with a 30-17 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Matt Ryan threw three touchdowns in the convincing win.

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"Underdog" Falcons Show League Who They Are In Win

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Mike Smith sets franchise record in win over PHI

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Atlanta remains undefeated with 30-17 win

The undefeated Falcons were underdogs going into Sunday's game against the Eagles, but they came out with a convincing win.


Falcons' Weatherspoon carted off vs. Eagles

Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon was carted off to the locker room with an ankle injury in the fourth quarter of Atlanta's game in Philadelphia. According to the team, his return is questionable.

Weatherspoon has been an anchor at linebacker for Mike Smith's defense, and his loss would be a huge blow. He injured the ankle on a run by the Eagles LeSean McCoy, and remained down on the field for a significant period of time as the Atlanta training staff tended to him.

As he does on almost a weekly basis for Atlanta, Weatherspoon was having a big impact against the Eagles. He had six tackles prior to leaving the game in the fourth. For the season, he leads the team with 46 total tackles, and has also added three sacks through the first six games.

Leading 30-17 in the fourth, the Falcons are trying to improve to a perfect 7-0. But the potential win may come with a huge cost to the defense if Weatherspoon is seriously injured.

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Falcons up 27-10 through three quarters

The Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles each added field goals in the third quarter Sunday, pushing the Falcons' advantage to 27-10 through three quarters.

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was 22-of-28 for 262 yards and three touchdowns through the third on Sunday, but that featured a relatively cool third quarter. He was 17-of-20 for 197 yards and three scores before halftime.

Atlanta's offense has had such little trouble moving the ball Sunday; it had not punted through three quarters. It had held the ball five times, and those five drives resulted in three touchdowns and two field goals.

The 390 yards Atlanta gained through the third quarter were more than double the Philadelphia offense's output. The Eagles had 171 total yards.

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, facing his former team, was 12-of-19 for 116 yards through three quarters Sunday.

Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers leads all rushers with 61 yards.


Matt Ryan dominates first half, Falcons up 24-7

Wide receiver Julio Jones reeled in a 63-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter from Matt Ryan, the Falcons' quarterback's third touchdown of the day, and Atlanta lead the Philadelphia Eagles 24-7 at halftime Sunday.

Ryan is 17-of-20 in the first half for 197 yards and three touchdowns.

Jones' big play looked as easy as a 63-yard touchdown pass could look. He seemingly ran straight past Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and reeled in the pass to give Atlanta a 21-7 lead.

Matt Bryant added a 43-yard field goal with two seconds left in the half to set the score at 24-7.

After a horrid first quarter in which the Eagles gained five total yards on four plays from scrimmage, the offense finally got going on the first drive of the quarter. It was a 13-play, 66-yard touchdown drive on which Eagles quarterback Michael Vick picked up two first downs, the first in the air and the second on a rush.

LeSean McCoy scored on the 13th play of the drive, a two-yard touchdown rush to the right on first and goal to make the score 14-7.


Falcons out to 14-0 lead after first quarter

The Atlanta Falcons led the Philadelphia Eagles, 14-0, through the first quarter Sunday after a near-perfect performance from Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and the Atlanta defense.

The defense had it much easier. Because of two sustained drives that Ryan led, the Falcons' defense was only on the field for five plays. It allowed five yards and no first downs.

The Falcons took an early lead on their first drive of the game, a slow-burning drive that took 8:44 of clock and 16 plays. On the drive, Atlanta converted five third downs, including a 3rd-and-7 play from the Philadelphia 15-yard line on which Ryan hit wide receiver Drew Davis for a touchdown. Davis had caught his first career pass earlier in the drive.

Ryan was 6-of-7 on the drive for 62 yards.

After the initial touchdown drive, the Falcons' defense picked up where the offense had left off, forcing Philadelphia into a three-and-out on its first drive. The Eagles lost three yards on the drive.

On its second drive, Atlanta drew a pass interference call on Eagles cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie that netted the Falcons 22 yards. Five plays later, Ryan hit Jason Snelling for a three-yard touchdown with 32 seconds left in the quarter.


Falcons vs. Eagles inactives

The Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles are playing in a much-anticipated NFC showdown at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday afternoon.

Both teams have released their inactive lists, which can be found on the Falcons' and Eagles' Twitter accounts:

Philadelphia will be missing OL Danny Watkins, Nathan Menkin, QB Trent Edwards, RB Dion Lewis, WR Damaris Johnson, LB Jamar Chaney and DE Vinny Curry.

Atlanta will be without QB Dominique Davis, C Joe Hawley, WR Harry Douglas,OT Lamar Holmes, DT Travian Robertson, DE Jonathan Massaquoi and Cliff Matthews.

Douglas will be missed in the slot for the Falcons, while the depth on the offensive line has also taken a pretty tough blow for Sunday. The defensive line is a tad thin, but nothing that should be of great concern barring a flurry of injuries.

The biggest blow for the Eagles is the loss of Watkins, one of their two starting guards. The second-year pro will be replaced by Dennis Kelly.


Falcons vs. Eagles gameday guide

Atlanta goes for its seventh win of the 2012 season.


Corey Peters returns vs. Eagles

The Falcons will face the Eagles without Harry Douglas, but on the defensive side of the ball they gain tackle Corey Peters.


Danny Watkins doubtful for Eagles

Philadelphia could be without one of its starting offensive linemen on Sunday.


Julio Jones, Roddy White among most explosive WRs

Julio Jones and Roddy White have become one of the league's top wide receiver tandems. They will challenge the Philadelphia Eagles' secondary.


Asante Samuel has a message for Eagles' fans

Atlanta Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel says Philadelphia Eagles fans better cheer for him.


Atlanta hopes for quick start against Philly

The Atlanta Falcons are known for scoring early and playing tight defense to start games. They haven't done much of that lately, but still winning.


Harry Douglas misses 2nd straight practice

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas missed his second straight day of practice due to injuries to his knee and ankle.


Eagles G Danny Watkins misses practice

Only one player missed practice for the Eagles on Thursday.


Eagles narrow favorites vs. Falcons

The Philadelphia Eagles are 13-0 in their last 13 games following the bye week. The Atlanta Falcons will look to break that streak and remain the only undefeated team in the NFL.


Mike Smith: 'energy and effort was outstanding'

Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith held a press conference on Wednesday, offering information on the status of Corey Peters, the importance of the third down against the Philadelphia Eagles, and the team's energy coming off the bye.


Falcons DC Nolan calls Eagles O 'a sleeping giant'

Atlanta defensive coordinator Mike Nolan referred to the Philadelphia Eagles' offense as "a sleeping giant" in his weekly press conference.


Former Bulldog making plays for Eagles

Former UGA standout Brandon Boykin is averaging 22 yards per kick return for the Eagles, and Atlanta Falcons special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong has his eye on him.


Falcons OC Koetter prepares for new Eagles D

Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter had his weekly press conference, and he spoke about how the Eagles' change in defensive coordinator affected his preparation for this weekend's game.


Falcons DT Peters nearing comeback from injury

Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Corey Peters is working hard in practice to get back to full strength. Peters has been out since the offseason with a foot injury.


Falcons don't expect drastic change from Philly D

The Atlanta Falcons expect Philadelphia's defense under Todd Bowles to be similar to Juan Castro's defense, who was just fired by Andy Reid last week.


King Dunlap to start at LT for Eagles

King Dunlap will start at left tackle for the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, when the Eagles play host to the Atlanta Falcons.


Falcons plan to improve rushing attack

Michael Turner might be seeing more carries sooner rather than later, as the Falcons plan on ramping up their running game.


Falcons are road underdogs against Eagles

Despite a perfect 6-0 record, the Atlanta Falcons find themselves road underdogs in Week 8, as they take on the Philadelphia Eagles.


Mike Smith has Falcons focused on fundamentals

The Falcons want to play better than they have over the past three weeks.


Corey Peters returns from injury

The defensive tackle is back on the practice field after a lengthy absence.

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