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The Falcons defense did a good job bringing pressure on Vick multiple times, causing two turnovers and several hits on Vick. Vick ultimately suffered a concussion and left the game. While it's never good to see a player get injured, it was good to see the Falcons making bold moves towards the quarterback and limiting his playmaking ability with his legs.
Roddy White stepped up as he normally does and proved why he is one of the best wideouts in the league. He scored the first offensive touchdown of the Falcons' season, and it was a monster of a catch that Roddy snatched out of the air despite decent coverage.
Matt Ryan performed well in the fourth quarter to get the lead back. Ryan finished with a career-high four touchdowns despite only having 195 yards in the air. Ryan proved that good decision-making trumps flashy play nine times out of 10. This also marked the 14th game winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime for the Falcons since 2008—the second most in the NFL. Two words from Tony Gonzalez's post-game comments summed up Ryan's clutch play: "what poise."
Speaking of Tony Gonzalez—he has to get the nod for player of the game. He finished the game with two touchdowns, one of which was an amazing one-handed grab that showed why Gonzalez is the greatest tight end to ever play the game (as if we need more proof). Tony moved ahead of Terrell Owens on the all-time receptions list, making him fifth on that list. He'll likely finish the season at second in all-time receptions.
Jacquizz Rodgers showed his dynamic ability late in the game with a beautiful run that made it first and goal in the fourth quarter. Rodgers is very small, making him an underrated player but he has a lot of dynamic talent and speed to boot. His role as a "change-of-pace" back should suit him well going forward.
Michael Turner had a 61-yard romp in the fourth that was eventually capped off with the go-ahead touchdown. Turner is a beast of a running back at 250 pounds, and he made the Eagles defense pay with that long run.
The defense had three clutch forced turnovers that were ultimately game-changers. Babineaux's backup Peria Jerry forced a fumble—a fumble that Ray Edwards scooped up and ran for 64 yards—and showed his playmaking ability coming off the bench. Vick also fumbled again and threw an interception as well later in the game. The Falcons offense was able to capitalize on these three opportunities with two touchdowns. This type of efficiency is necessary to beat high-flying offenses like Philadelphia's.