Sunday's game wasn't a division game and it meant little in the big scheme of things. But Atlanta wanted to show that the Philadelphia Eagles didn't have the Falcons' number by coming into Lincoln Financial Field and leaving with a win. That, however, didn't happen as the Falcons fell 31-17, dropping them to 4-2 overall as they head into a home game before their bye week.
Welcome back, Jenkins
Sunday was the long-awaited return of wide receiver Michael Jenkins, who had been out with a shoulder injury since August. The eight-year man out of Ohio State had been missed on the field with his sizable 6-foot-4 frame that creates some big mismatches with cornerbacks. Jenkins, however, showed a lot of speed Sunday, as his first reception went 42 yards on a seam route down the middle. Jenkins finished as the Falcons' leading receiver with 99 yards, a career high for him.
Can of corn for Kolb**
The question coming into Sunday's game was whether or not Michael Vick would play. As it turned out, he was named the Eagles' emergency quarterback and Kevin Kolb got the start. With the Falcons' defense licking its chops at the news, Kolb came in and put together a masterful performance, making Sunday's win look easy against a defense that had ranked high in several important defensive categories in the league. Kolb finished 23-of-29 for 326 yards and three touchdowns.
The matchup between Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson and Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson was one of the biggest to watch Sunday, but unfortunately, it came to a premature, scary end. The two collided in the first half so hard that both went down and didn't move for a few minutes. Players from both sidelines dropped to a knee as they all knew it wasn't a good situation. Eventually, both Robinson and Jackson walked off the field with some help and were taken directly to the locker room with head injuries. Neither returned to the game.
The Eagles started the scoring quickly, as it took just two offensive plays for them to find the endzone. Jackson took an end-around for 31 yards after Kolb hit Jeremy Maclin with a 22-yard strike to help set the play up. Philadelphia added another score minutes later when Jackson caught a 34-yard touchdown pass from Kolb. The Eagles would go up 21-0 before the Falcons would add a score of their own — a 1-yard TD pass to Tony Gonzalez.
The Philadelphia Phillies playing next door at Citizens Bank Park weren't the only ones hitting home runs. The Eagles put one up against the Falcons, who had done so much to prevent them in their past two games. In the third quarter with the Falcons looking to pose a comeback, Kolb hit Jeremy Maclin for 83 yards and a touchdown on a drive that took just 48 seconds. The Falcons had given up a couple of home run plays in Weeks 1, 2 and 3, but were able to stifle them since.