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Falcons 35, Eagles 31
Why This Win Makes the List
This game may have occurred too early in the season to be ranked this highly, but context is more important here.
The Falcons came into the 2011 season with high expectations after moving up in the draft to take star wide receiver Julio Jones
, but the team had fallen flat on its face in a 30-12 loss to Chicago the week before this game.
Meanwhile, former Falcons quarterback Michael Vick was playing as well as he's played in his career and was set to bring what had been proclaimed to be
a "dream team" into Atlanta for a Sunday Night Football game on NBC.
This game marked Vick's first appearance in Atlanta as a starter and the first head-to-head matchup between Vick and Matt Ryan.
Besides the risk of falling to 0-2, the Falcons faced the possibility of re-opening some old wounds amongst the fanbase if the Eagles were able to come in and dominate the Falcons behind Vick's arm.
The night was full of fireworks as both teams exchanged big plays, but it was Philadelphia that had a 31-21 lead headed into the fourth quarter.
With Vick out of the game due to a collision with his own lineman in the third quarter, all eyes turned to Matt Ryan and the Falcons' offense.
Atlanta's offense buckled down and Ryan delivered, as the team executed two consecutive fourth-quarter touchdown drives to pull off the victory.