ATLANTA --Quarterback Michael Vick's return to the Georgia Dome was a successful one as he scored his first touchdown as an Eagle and passed for another and the defense was superb in a 34-7 rout of the Atlanta Falcons. The Eagles are now 8-4 and have won three straight games.
Sheldon Brown's 83-yard INT return put an exclamation point on the defense's performance. It was Brown's fifth interception of the season, which is a career high for him.
In this game, which saw the Falcons down five starters on offense, it was all Eagles from the start.
David Akers kicked a 33-yard field goal and the Eagles led Atlanta 3-0 after their first drive. The Eagles then drove 44 yards on 8 plays to score. Jeremy Maclin's 27-yard punt return set things up. It was Akers' 17th straight successful field goal attempt, which tied his own franchise record set in 2001.
Then Eldra Buckley and Joe Mays forced a fumble on the ensuing kickoff and the Eagles took over at the Atlanta 22-yard line. Four plays later, Donovan McNabb tossed a 4-yard TD pass to Leonard Weaver. Akers missed a 39-yard field goal on the final play of the first quarter, snapping his string of consecutive field goals made. He then made a 33-yarder with 8:10 to go in the first half, giving the Eagles the 13-0 advantage.
The Falcons got to the Eagles' 1-yard line late in the first half and tried to go for it on fourth down, but did not get in. The offense drove 80 yards on its first second-half possession to extend the lead and then Brown picked off Chris Redman to put the game well out of reach.
-- Posted by Dave Spadaro, 4:10 p.m., December 6