Ryan, Falcons knock off Eagles


ATLANTA — Matt Ryan threw a career-high four touchdown passes and the Atlanta Falcons rallied to beat the Philadelphia Eagles 35-31 after Michael Vick was knocked out with an injury late in the third quarter Sunday night.


Ryan hit Tony Gonzalez with a pair of TDs, the tight end going past Terrell Owens for fifth on the NFL’s career receiving list. Then, Ryan hooked up with Ovie Mughelli on a 1-yarder that brought Atlanta to 31-28 with just over 6 minutes remaining.

The Falcons (1-1) completed the comeback with Michael Turner breaking off a 61-yard run, then powering over from the 3 with 3:24 remaining.

Vick, who had a 5-yard scoring pass to Jeremy Maclin in the first half, added a 36-yard touchdown pass to Maclin in the third quarter. An interception by Philadelphia’s Asante Samuel in the third quarter set up a short drive that ended with LeSean McCoy’s scoring run on first down from the 8.

Vick was knocked out of the game with about 3 minutes remaining in the quarter, when he was knocked into one of his linemen. He appeared to spit blood out of his mouth as he was escorted off the field.

With backup Vince Young inactive with a hamstring injury, the Eagles turned to third-string quarterback Mike Kafka.

Reports indicated that Vick, who became a favorite in Atlanta during his years with the Falcons, suffered a concussion.

McCoy’s 2-yard touchdown run pushed the lead to 10 points.

Soon after the score, Vick was escorted off the field. There was no immediate update on his status.

That’s when the Falcons put together a comeback.

Ryan finished 17 of 28 passing for 195 yards and two interceptions.

Vick had 242 yards in the air but some costly turnovers hurt him. He had two fumbles and a key interception by Kelvin Hayden.

Turner rushed for 114 yards on 21 carries, including his touchdown.

It was a breakthrough performance by the Falcons offense, which was bottled up in the opener at Chicago. In that loss, the Falcons failed to score an offensive touchdown.

Maclin had 171 yards receiving for the Eagles.