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    Eagles go old-school NFC East for a comeback win against Atlanta

    Tom Rimback

    PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Eagles took a page out of the traditional NFC East playbook.

    Faced with the daunting task of slowing down the hottest offense in the National Football League, Philly pounded out a 24-15 win over Atlanta to raise its record to 5-4. The win kept the Eagles solidly in the wild-card playoff hunt and kept their perfect home record intact after four games.

    “Everybody loves to play at home,” Eagles defensive lineman Fletcher Cox said. “Here, once you get the crowd into it, it is really hard for opposing offenses. Once our offense is rolling the way they did today, it is really hard to stop us.”

    The Eagles ran for 208 yards and controlled the clock for over 38 minutes and limited Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan to 267 passing yards. Running backs Ryan Mathews (19 carries, 109 yards) and Wendell Smallwood (13 carries, 70 yards) kept the chains moving and the Falcons' offense off the field.

    Eagles rookie Carson Wentz had 235 yards through the air, completing 25 of 36 passes. More significantly, the second overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft successfully authored the first fourth-quarter comeback of his young career. In each of the Eagles' four losses, Wentz had a different outcome.

    “It was good to get the monkey off our back, so to speak,” Wentz said. “You know, to finally, fourth quarter, finish a ball game. We are going to build on that, for sure.”

    Mathews scored his second touchdown of the afternoon with 6:49 to play. With a successful 2-point run by Mathews, the Eagles led by 6. After the Falcons failed to convert a fourth down with 2:19 to play, Caleb Sturgis made it a two-possession game with his third field goal of the day, from 48 yards.

    Leodis McKelvin intercepted Ryan three plays later to snuff out the Falcons' last hope.

    “Luckily, the offense was doing a good job moving the ball down the field and putting us in a great position,” McKelvin said. “We got a field goal. We played some good defense. I kept my head into the game. As a defense, we made plays as a team.”

    Had the game turned out differently, McKelvin could have been the scapegoat. Pressed into service after Nolan Carroll left the game with a first-half concussion, McKelvin was victimized by a double move on Atlanta’s one big play, a 76-yard Ryan pass to Taylor Gabriel.

    “That was the thing we needed to set it off,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. “So when you go ahead, you’d love to be able to answer. When you don’t, that’s why I felt like all three phases of the game had a hand in this.”

    The touchdown gave Atlanta its only lead, with 13:15 to play. The interception ensured the Falcons would return to Atlanta with a loss.

    “We’re all going to miss a play,” defensive lineman Connor Barwin said. “We try not to. Leodis got beat on that double move. Some guys would cave.

    “He’s a veteran. He’s been around a long time. He moved on, forgot about it and made the play of the game to seal the win.”

    Thanks to a tone-setting 7-minute, 12-play, 81-yard touchdown drive on the first series, the home team led for nearly the entire first three quarters.

    “I’m just glad we stopped them on their first two drives,” Eagles defensive lineman Brandon Graham said. “On their first two drives of every game, they’ve been putting points up on everybody.”

    The Eagles' touchdown was just enough to send the home team into halftime with the lead (7-6).

    After the third-quarter kickoff, the Eagles added a field goal to keep the Falcons at arm’s length. Atlanta answered with a field goal but Sturgis capped the Eagles' third drive of 10 or more plays to make it 13-9.

    Once again, the bulk of the yardage came on the ground.

    “It shows a lot,” Mathews said. “I know the linemen love run blocking, too. It was a fun game out there.”

    The defense joined in on the fun.

    Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (10 catches, 135 yards) turned out to be as unstoppable as advertised. Still, Jones didn’t find the end zone or break the game open.

    “We were doing the little things to get ourselves out of whack,” Jones said. “Everybody wasn’t on the same page today.”

    The Eagles' defense had its hands in that. The Falcons were held to three field goals and one big play.

    Atlanta entered the game averaging a hair less than 34 points per game. The Falcons were held to less than half that.

    “The biggest thing is we understood that it was just a great offense,” Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins said. “They’ve scored pretty much on everybody. We knew we’d have to eliminate those big plays for touchdowns. When they did get into the red zone we had to get stops, hold them to field goals. For the majority of the game, we did that.”

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    Hey what happened since the Atlanta game? They're 9-5 and the Eagles are 5-9, even though Phi. beat them nose to nose!

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    Gunder - growing pains , suspensions , injures , you know , the typical BS stuff .
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