Domowitch's Eagles report card
RUSHING OFFENSE The Eagles rushed for a season-high 207 yards and had a season-high 12 rushing first downs. Ryan Mathews, who had just nine carries in the previous two games, had his first 100-yard rushing game since Week 3 of last season. The Eagles had seven runs of 10 yards or more.
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The Eagles rushed for a season-high 208 yards and had a season-high 12 rushing first downs. Ryan Mathews, who had just nine carries in the previous two games, had his first 100-yard rushing game since Week 3 of last season. The Eagles had seven runs of 10 yards or more.
For the third straight week, Carson Wentz failed to throw a touchdown pass, but also didn't have an interception, though he did lose a fumble. He made some poor throws, but still managed to complete 69.4 percent of his throws, including 8 of 11 attempts on third down. Darren Sproles went back to his rightful role as a pass-catcher and had a team-high eight receptions.
The Falcons only ran the ball 13 times. When they did, they didn't have a lot of luck. Spurred by the return of DT Bennie Logan, the Eagles constantly got penetration. They gave up just three rushing first downs. Five of the Falcons' 13 runs went for zero or negative yards.
One cornerback - Leodis McKelvin - was playing with a bad hamstring. Another - Nolan Carroll - got KO'd by a concussion late in the first half. Yet, led by safety Malcolm Jenkins, who had his best game of the season, and an inspired pass rush, the Eagles managed to contain Matt Ryan and the Falcons' explosive passing game.
Caleb Sturgis missed a 44-yard FG attempt early, but nailed a clutch 48-yarder with two minutes left that sealed the win. Kenjon Barner had 52- and 31-yard kickoff returns. The coverage units shut down Falcons return man Eric Weems.
The Eagles executed their offensive game plan to perfection, using the run game to control the ball for more than 38 minutes. Holding Matt Ryan and the Falcons to 15 points with the injuries they had at corner was an impressive accomplishment.
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