Final

Eagles 34

(8-4, 4-2 away)

Falcons 7

(6-6, 5-1 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, December 6, 2009

Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA 

1 2 3 4 T
PHI 10 3 14 734
ATL 0 0 0 77

Top Performers

Passing: D. McNabb (PHI) - 238 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: L. Weaver (PHI) - 5 CAR, 37 YDS

Receiving: R. White (ATL) - 9 REC, 104 YDS, 1 TD

Vick picks up 2 TDs in lopsided Atlanta return as Eagles stomp Falcons

Associated Press

ATLANTA -- When Michael Vick finally made it back to the end zone, a place he hadn't been in more than three years, he was torn about what to do.

A Lambeau Leap? Nah, that would've taken too much effort.

Pasquarelli: Vick Returns

The final score wasn't the story in Atlanta on Sunday. Michael Vick's triumphant return to the city that once adored him stole the spotlight, writes ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli Story

Instead, he wanted to reward one of those fans who cheered his return to Atlanta. Only one problem -- when he flipped the ball toward the stands, it got caught up in the net going up for the extra point.

Not to worry. Everything else went right for Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

Back in the city he once ruled, Vick put up a pair of touchdowns -- one running, the other passing, both of them his first since 2006 -- and basked in the cheers of the Georgia Dome crowd as the Eagles dominated the short-handed Falcons 34-7.

"It was as loud as it gets in the Dome," said Vick, who teared up on the bus ride over to the stadium. "I heard the chants all through the stadium and it sent chills down my spine. They were just letting me know that people still appreciate what I've done."

He was a three-time Pro Bowler with the Falcons and one of the most dynamic players in the NFL before his stunning downfall for dogfighting. After serving prison time and losing two seasons in the prime of his career, he's trying to rebuild it all as a backup in Philadelphia.

Fast Facts

• Sunday was the 11th time in his career that Michael Vick ran and threw for a TD in the same game.

• The Eagles just missed posting their first shutout since 1996 after the Falcons scored on the last play of the game.

• Vick's rushing TD was his first since Oct. 15, 2006 and his first pass TD since Dec. 31 of that season.

• The Falcons have lost five of seven following their 4-1 start.

• Rapid Reaction

-- ESPN Stats & Information

Vick ran for a 5-yard touchdown in the third quarter, his first since Oct. 15, 2006. With the game out of hand, he slipped a 5-yard scoring pass to Brent Celek early in the fourth, his first TD throw since that final season with the Falcons.

"It couldn't have happened at a better time," Vick said. "I want to become one of the top quarterbacks in this league again."

The Eagles (8-4) pulled two games ahead of the reeling Falcons (6-6) in the NFC wild-card standings, bringing a little more clarity to the playoff race. But most of the attention was on Vick's first game in Atlanta since he left the city in disgrace.

Vick was showered with boos when he came in for a couple of snaps on Philadelphia's opening possession. By the fourth quarter, the fans -- many of them wearing No. 7 jerseys -- were chanting "We want Vick! We want Vick!"

"You were seeing a guy in his element," said Eagles starting QB Donovan McNabb, who gave Vick a long hug after the TD pass to Celek. "I think he was just relishing the moment."

Deciding that two touchdowns was enough, especially with Vick bothered by a sore hand, Philadelphia coach Andy Reid let third-stringer Kevin Kolb finish out of the game, much to the chagrin of those fans who hoped the ex-Falcon would get even more playing time.

Still, the day was everything -- and then some -- that Vick could've hoped for. He went 2-for-2 passing, setting up his touchdown throw with a 43-yard completion to Reggie Brown, and ran four times for 17 yards and the score.

Atlanta sure could've used its former quarterback.

Five offensive starters, including quarterback Matt Ryan, were sidelined by injuries. That was simply too much to overcome, even with the Eagles missing a couple of key offensive players, running back Brian Westbrook and receiver DeSean Jackson.

The Falcons scored on the final play to avoid a shutout.

"You knew when Vick came back to Atlanta," running back Jerious Norwood said, "he was going to be on fire."

Before the game, Vick chatted with Falcons owner Arthur Blank and several former teammates, including receiver Roddy White. When it was time to get down to business, No. 7 led the Eagles out of the tunnel, served as one of the captains for the coin toss and came in on Philadelphia's fifth and seventh plays from scrimmage.

"Everybody rallied around him," Reid said. "I'm sure he had a little extra juice going."

After taking those first two snaps, Vick just watched -- until the Eagles faced third-and-1 at the Atlanta 5 on the opening drive of the third quarter, leading only 13-0 in a game they had dominated. Vick lined up in a shotgun and pulled off the sort of play that was so familiar when he played for the home team.

He sprinted to his right, cut sharply to his left, broke a tackle and dove into the end zone for a touchdown that seemed to lift a huge weight off his shoulders. With the boos now drowned out by thunderous cheers, Vick pulled away from his teammates and headed toward the stands.

His flip toward the crowd deflected off the net and landed in the hands of fullback Leonard Weaver, who turned toward Vick, apparently to ask if he wanted to keep it. Already heading toward the bench, Vick pointed toward the stands and Weaver managed to get it to a fan.

Vick did keep the ball after his TD pass. And when it was done, he lingered on the field for interviews, then trotted off with both arms raised before blowing kisses in all directions.

Chris Redman, filling in for Ryan, had a miserable game after leading the Falcons to a last-second win the week before. He was picked off twice, one of them returned by Sheldon Brown 83 yards for a touchdown.

"It's not over yet," said tight end Tony Gonzalez. "We've still got four games left."

Game notes


Gonzalez set an Atlanta record for catches by a tight end in a season. Eight receptions pushed his total to 69, breaking the mark of 66 by Alge Crumpler in 2005. ... The Eagles won their third in a row. ... Weaver led the Eagles with 37 yards rushing on five carries, and also made a brilliant, one-handed catch on a 59-yard reception.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
PHI
ATL
1st Downs2022
Passing 1st downs
1113
Rushing 1st downs
73
1st downs from penalties
26
3rd down efficiency
4-114-14
4th down efficiency
1-12-4
Total Plays5568
Total Yards380295
Yards per play6.94.3
Total Drives1011
Passing277234
Comp-Att
16-2723-44
Yards per pass
9.65.1
Interceptions thrown
02
Sacks-Yards Lost
2-92-1
Rushing10361
Rushing Attempts
2622
Yards per rush
4.02.8
Red Zone (Made-Att)3-61-2
Penalties8-616-30
Turnovers03
Fumbles lost
01
Interceptions thrown
02
Defensive / Special Teams TDs10
Possession29:1130:49

Passing Leaders

PHIC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
McNabb14/252389.5102-9
Vick2/24824.0100-0
ATLC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Redman23/442355.3122-1

Rushing Leaders

PHICARYDSAVGTDLG
Weaver5377.4017
Buckley8334.109
ATLCARYDSAVGTDLG
Snelling10353.5010
Norwood11181.606

Receiving Leaders

PHIRECYDSAVGTDLG
Maclin48320.8056
Brown26432.0043
ATLRECYDSAVGTDLG
White910411.6135
Gonzalez8729.0024

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERPHIATL
phiFG9:36David Akers 33 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 9 plays, 44 yds, 4:20
30
phiTD8:28Leonard Weaver 4 Yard Pass From Donovan Mcnabb (David Akers Kick is Good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 22 yds, 0:57
100
SECOND QUARTERPHIATL
phiFG8:11David Akers 33 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 5 plays, 56 yds, 1:18
130
THIRD QUARTERPHIATL
phiTD8:13Michael Vick 5 Yard Run (David Akers Kick is Good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 80 yds, 6:52
200
phiTD3:53Sheldon Brown 83 Yard Interception Return (David Akers Kick is Good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 48 yds, 4:29
270
FOURTH QUARTERPHIATL
phiTD12:38Brent Celek 5 Yard Pass From Michael Vick (David Akers Kick is Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 45 yds, 2:17
340
atlTD0:03Roddy White 3 Yard Pass From Chris Redman (Matt Bryant Kick is Good)
Drive info: 13 plays, 99 yds, 5:27
347