The Eagles improved to a perfect 4-0 mark at Lincoln Financial Field this season after defeating the Falcons on Sunday, 24-15. Philadelphia is one of only four NFL teams with undefeated records at home in 2016, joining Houston (5-0), Kansas City (4-0) and Seattle (4-0).
The comfort of playing at home stems from different places for each player, but there is one thing in particular that affects them all the same - the crowd.
"I think it's great playing at home," said defensive tackle Fletcher Cox. "Everybody loves to play at home because once you get the crowd in it then it's really hard for the opposing offense. Once (our) offense is rolling the way they did today, it's really hard to stop us."
The Falcons came in as one of the top teams in the NFC, as they hold the first-place position in the NFC South. The Eagles also defeated the Browns, Steelers and Vikings at Lincoln Financial Field.
Philadelphia has allowed only three touchdowns at home this season, and no more than one to any opponent. With the help of the encouraging crowd, the Eagles' defense held the Falcons to only 15 points, the lowest for the team this season that entered this week as the league's top-scoring attack. The Eagles also limited powerhouse running back Devonta Freeman to 49 yards. Star wide receiver Julio Jones managed to have an impressive game with 10 catches on 16 targets for 135 yards.
The Eagles are outscoring opponents 108-38 through four home games in 2016. Philadelphia has scored 20 points and allowed 15-or-fewer points in four straight home games for the first time since 1953. The last time the Eagles allowed just 15-or-fewer points in four consecutive home games was a five-game stretch in 2000.
Running back Ryan Mathews was the leader of the rushing pack as he finished with a season-high 109 yards and two touchdowns. Wide receiver Jordan Matthews channeled the exciting (quiet, offense at work) crowd on Sunday and was the Eagles' leading receiver with 73 yards.
"I don't really like to make distinctions because it's crazy," Matthews explained. "Literally, last year we played better on the road and then we were terrible at home. I know for a fact we're feeding off this energy from the crowd, it's been great.
"We can't say enough about the fans coming out supporting the way they do, but hey that's expected because we know what the fans are like here. But at the same time too, I just think guys are juiced up. A lot of our games here have been big games. We have to go out there and win and now we have to take that same approach and attitude to every single game, so we just have to take that same aggression into each game no matter who we're playing."
Safety Rodney McLeod, who is in his first year with the Eagles, can also feel that energy.
"Eagles fans get out there from the first kickoff return and I think guys just build off of that energy and I think we've been starting fast at home. And that's the thing we have to do on the road, we have to start fast and just finish out," McLeod said. "We're 4-0 at home and that's what you want to do. You have to just tighten things up on the road."
The Eagles head back out on the road for a contest against Seattle next Sunday. There are still four home games remaining, three of which are key division matchups.
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