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NFL: Falcons overwhelm Eagles 30-17

Published October 28, 2012 10:31 pm

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Philadelphia • Asante Samuel stared directly at his former team's sideline and started trash-talking right after the coin toss. By the fourth quarter, Samuel was dancing on the field between plays.

Matt Ryan made it easy for his loquacious teammate to gloat.

Ryan threw touchdown passes on Atlanta's first three possessions against the Eagles and new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, and the Falcons remained the NFL's only unbeaten team with a convincing 30-17 win over Philadelphia on Sunday.

"We're 7-0 over here baby," Samuel said. "If I was over there now, they have to go to work."

The Falcons are 7-0 for the first time in the franchise's 47-year history while the Eagles (3-4) lost after a bye for the first time in 14 games under coach Andy Reid since 1999.

"That was an embarrassing performance," Reid said. "I'm stating the obvious. We need to get better. I need to do a better job. This is fixable. We have the talent."

Ryan finished 22-for-29 for 262 yards and three TDs for his first win against his hometown team in three tries.

Michael Vick didn't turn the ball over for once, but he played so-so and failed to beat his former team in his second start against the Falcons since returning to the NFL in 2009.

"Whatever decision Coach makes, I support it," Vick said when asked about possibly being benched for rookie Nick Foles. "I know I'm giving it everything I have when I'm out there."

Reid said he's going to evaluate whether he makes a quarterback change. The defense was the problem against Atlanta, however.

The Falcons scored on their first six possessions before punting for the first time with 5:35 left.

Reid's Eagles have lost three in a row since starting 3-1. Reid fired Juan Castillo and replaced him with Bowles two days after Philadelphia blew its second straight fourth-quarter lead in an overtime loss to Detroit.

Castillo's defense allowed 18.5 points per game, excluding two TD returns against the offense. Bowles' D allowed 21 points in the first 24 minutes and couldn't make a stop until the fourth quarter. Falcons 30, Eagles 17

Atlanta 14 10 3 3 — 30

Philadelphia 0 7 3 7 — 17

First Quarter

Atl • Dr.Davis 15 pass from Ryan (Bryant kick), 6:16.

Atl • Snelling 3 pass from Ryan (Bryant kick), :32.

Second Quarter

Phi • McCoy 2 run (Henery kick), 8:18.

Atl • Jones 63 pass from Ryan (Bryant kick), 6:33.

Atl • FG Bryant 43, :02.

Third Quarter

Phi • FG Henery 33, 11:20.

Atl • FG Bryant 29, 6:10.

Fourth Quarter

Atl • FG Bryant 30, 14:57.

Phi • McCoy 7 pass from Vick (Henery kick), 7:18.

Attendance • 69,144.

Atl Phi

First downs 24 20

Total Net Yards 392 270

Rushes-yards 37-146 24-92

Passing 246 178

Punt Returns 1-11 1-7

Kickoff Returns 2-30 5-89

Interceptions Ret. 0-0 0-0

Comp-Att-Int 22-29-0 21-35-0

Sacked-Yards Lost 2-16 3-13

Punts 2-26.0 3-48.0

Fumbles-Lost 1-0 2-0

Penalties-yards 6-40 6-57

Time of Possession 32:55 27:05

Individual Statistics

Rushing • Atlanta, Rodgers 8-60, Turner 24-58, Ryan 3-18, Jones 1-9, Snelling 1-1. Philadelphia, McCoy 16-45, Vick 7-42, Brown 1-5.

Passing • Atlanta, Ryan 22-29-0-262. Philadelphia, Vick 21-35-0-191.

Receiving • Atlanta, Jones 5-123, Rodgers 5-20, White 3-38, Gonzalez 3-29, Snelling 3-16, Dr.Davis 2-30, Turner 1-6. Philadelphia, Maclin 6-33, Jackson 5-59, Avant 4-45, Celek 3-32, McCoy 3-22.