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Postgame Notes: Eagles Vs. Falcons

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The following notes were compiled at the conclusion of the Eagles' 24-15 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday afternoon ...

DEFENSE vs. ATLANTA

• The Eagles limited the Falcons to season lows in points scored (15), total net yards (303), first downs (11), offensive plays run (48) and time of possession (21:50). Entering Week 10, Atlanta ranked 1st in the NFL in points per game (33.9) and 2nd in the NFL in total net yards per game (429.2).

• The Falcons' 11 first downs were their fewest in a single-game since 12/16/07 at TB (5 first downs). Atlanta's 21:50 time of possession was its lowest mark since 9/27/09 at New England (20:11).

 RUSHING ATTACK

• The Eagles rushed for a season-high 208 yards, their most in a single game since 11/27/14 at Dallas (256 rushing yards).

• Ryan Mathews led the team with 109 yards and 2 TDs on 19 carries (5.7 avg.), marking his second career game with 100+ rushing yards and 2+ rushing TDs (also 1/2/11 at Denver with San Diego - 120 yards, 3 TDs).

• Mathews has a career-high 8 offensive TDs (7 rushing TDs, 1 receiving TD) in 2016. Mathews is just the fifth Eagles player since 1950 to record 7+ rushing TDs in the first nine games of the season, joining LeSean McCoy (10 in 2011), Ricky Watters (8 in 1996), Wilbert Montgomery (7 in 1982) and Billy Ray Barnes (7 in 1958).

• Wendell Smallwood also added 70 yards on 13 carries (5.4 avg.).

HOME, SWEET HOME

• The Eagles improved to an unbeaten 4-0 mark at Lincoln Financial Field this season. 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 Eagles are outscoring opponents 108-38 (+70) 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 10/17-11/21/53. The last time the Eagles allowed just 15-or-fewer points in four consecutive home games was from 10/22-12/24/00 (five games).

• Philadelphia has allowed only 3 TDs at home this season (1 rushing TD in Week 1 vs. Cleveland; 1 passing TD in Week 7 vs. Minnesota; and 1 passing TD in Week 10 vs. Atlanta).

THE 500-500-500 CLUB

• Darren Sproles became just the second player in NFL history with 500+ career receptions, 500+ career rush attempts and 500+ career kickoff and punt returns, joining former Falcons WR Eric Metcalf (541 receptions, 630 rush attempts, 631 kickoff and punt returns from 1989-2002).

 SPECIAL TEAMS STANDOUT

• Kenjon Barner returned 3 kickoffs for 114 yards (38.0 avg.), including a career-long 52-yard return. Philadelphia entered Week 10 leading the NFL in both kickoff return average (35.4) and average starting field position after kickoff (29.8).

MORE FROM THE GAME

• The Eagles compiled a season-high-tying 25 first downs (also Week 3 vs. Pittsburgh) and posted their best time of possession (38:10) since Week 1 vs. Cleveland (39:20).

• Philadelphia limited Atlanta to 18.2% (2-of-11) on third-down conversions. Entering Week 10, the Falcons averaged 41.6% on third downs, ranking 10th in the NFL. Atlanta's average distance-to-go on third down was 9.9 yards.

• Leodis McKelvin registered his first INT of the season in the fourth quarter, marking his first INT since 1/3/16 vs. N.Y. Jets with Buffalo.

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