Thursday, December 25, 2014

Eagles-Falcons Report Card

RUSHING OFFENSE

Eagles-Falcons Report Card

Jeremy Maclin broke free from a tackle by Curtis Lofton in the second quarter of the Eagles´ 34-7 win in Atlanta. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)
Jeremy Maclin broke free from a tackle by Curtis Lofton in the second quarter of the Eagles' 34-7 win in Atlanta. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)

RUSHING OFFENSE

LeSean McCoy had just six carries for a season-low 2 yards. Leonard Weaver continued to prove he can be productive as a runner. He had 12- and 15-yard runs and finished with 37 yards on five carries. Michael Vick converted a third-and-1 into a 5-yard touchdown run. Grade: B-minus

PASSING OFFENSE

Donovan McNabb threw just 25 passes, but averaged 9.52 yards per attempt. He had a pair of 50-plus yard completions to Jeremy Maclin and fullback Leonard Weaver. Maclin, who finished with four catches for 83 yards, has had 60-plus receiving yards in four straight games. Grade: B-plus

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Gallery: Eagles 34, Falcons 7
 
Box: Eagles 34, Falcons 7
 
How they scored: Eagles 34, Falcons 7

RUN DEFENSE

It helped that the Falcons were missing their starting running back and two of their starting offensive linemen, but that’s not the Eagles’ problem. They held the Falcons to 2.8 yards per carry and stuffed them on a big goal-line stand at the end of the second quarter. Grade: A-plus

PASS DEFENSE

While they only had two sacks, the Eagles pressured Falcons quarterback Chris Redman all day. They held him to 5.34 yards per attempt and picked him off twice, including one that cornerback Sheldon Brown returned 83 yards for a touchdown. Grade: A-minus

SPECIAL TEAMS

Punt returner Jeremy Maclin did a good job in place of injured DeSean Jackson. He averaged 11.3 yards per return and had a 27-yarder that kick-started the Eagles’ first scoring drive. Coverage units didn’t give up any long returns to Eric Weems, but didn’t shut him down either. David Akers missed a 39-yard field-goal attempt. Grade: B

OVERALL

Sean McDermott’s defense came within one play of pitching the Eagles’ first shutout in 13 years. The offense continues to shoot itself in the foot too many times and converted just one of its first four red-zone opportunities, which won’t cut it against better teams. Grade: B-plus

For Andy Reid's comments on the game and a contract extension, click here.

For Les Bowen's in-game observations, click here.

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