As the Eagles looked to continue their way to the playoffs, they traveled to Atlanta to take on the Falcons. The big storyline here was Michael Vick’s return to his old franchise. Little did anyone know that Vick would have his best game of the 2009 season against his former team.
Coming into the game, we knew the Eagles would not have to face Matt Ryan and Michael Turner, two of their biggest offensive weapons. Instead, Chris Redman was at the helm for the Falcons with Jason Snelling and Jerious Norwood splitting the carries.
In the first quarter, the Eagles got on the board first when David Akers hit a field goal about five minutes into the game. Just over a minute later, they increased their lead to 10 points on a four yard Leonard Weaver touchdown reception from Donovan McNabb. This would be the last score of the quarter, but it was far from being the final score of the game.
When the second half started, the Michael Vick show began. Just about halfway through the third quarter, Vick found the end zone on a five yard touchdown run. This score put the Eagles up 20-0 and in total control of the game. On the Falcons next possession, they were able to drive the ball down the field, but the drive was ended by a Sheldon Brown interception. Brown took the ball 83 yards for a touchdown and gave the Eagles a 27-0 lead.
In the fourth quarter, the Vick show continued as he hit Brent Celek for a five yard touchdown. Andy Reid was fully prepared to let Vick finish the game at quarterback, but Vick was sidelined by an injury and could not finish. As time expired, the Falcons finally got on the scoreboard as Roddy White caught a touchdown pass and the game ended in a 34-7 final.
This was exactly the type of outing the Eagles needed. They had a solid defensive performance against a beatup Falcons offense, and the offense showed they could put up plenty of points. Everything looked good for the Eagles to make a run towards the playoffs at this point.