The Falcons lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in a heart breaker by a score of 27-14 in a highly contested game on the road, coming off their bye week. The Falcons had a chance late to come back down 20-14. But due to a controversial call on a punt return by Adam Jennings, the Eagles were given the ball back and with a 39-yard run by Brian Westbrook, the Eagles put the game out of reach with less than 2 minutes to go.
Matt Ryan led the Falcons with 277 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, 2 interceptions, while completing 23 of 44 passes. One of Ryan’s turnovers came at an inopportune time as the Falcons had been driving all the way to the Eagles’ 2-yard line, but a pass attempt to Roddy White in the endzone was picked off by Lito Sheppard. Michael Turner was the team’s leading rusher with 58 yards on 17 carries. White proved to be the team’s primary offensive weapon on the day and had 8 catches for 113 yards and 2 touchdowns. Jerious Norwood added 5 grabs for 55 yards.
Defensively Westbrook gave the Falcons a handful, rushing for 167 yards and 2 scores and also having 42 receiving yards and 6 catches. Chauncey Davis led the team with 6 tackles. Curtis Lofton (3 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble), Michael Boley (5 tackles), Keith Brooking (5 tackles), Erik Coleman (5 tackles), Jamaal Anderson (2 tackles, 1 sack), Lawyer Milloy (5 tackles), and Domonique Foxworth (3 tackles) had notable contributions.
Jason Elam had no field goal attempts. Michael Koenen punted 7 times for an average of 38.4 yards with 5 placed inside the 20-yard line. Jerious Norwood had 4 kickoff returns for an average of 17 yards, while Jennings had 4 punt returns for an average of 5.5 yards. With 2:28 to go in the 4th quarter, Jennings attempted to field a punt but at the last second pulled off. The Eagles recovered what was initially believed to be a muffed punt. However, since the Falcons were out of timeouts they were unable to challenge the play and the Eagles took possession at the Falcons 37-yard line. Two plays later, Westbrook ran the ball in for a score to essentially end the game. The Falcons got the ball back with less than 2 minutes to go, and were able to drive the ball 52 yards into Eagles territory before turning it over on downs.
Next week the team hopes to bounce back against the Oakland Raiders (2-5), again on the road. The Falcons have lost their last two road games against the Raiders, and are 0-3 all-time when playing at the Oakland Coliseum. The Falcons have yet to lose two games in a row this season, but are 1-3 on the road this season.