Falcons 17

(7-9, 4-4 away)

Eagles 24

(10-6, 5-3 home)

Coverage: FOX

4:15 PM ET, December 31, 2006

Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA 

1 2 3 4 T
ATL 7 3 0 717
PHI 10 7 0 724

Top Performers

Passing: A. Feeley (PHI) - 321 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: J. Norwood (ATL) - 10 CAR, 63 YDS

Receiving: H. Baskett (PHI) - 7 REC, 177 YDS, 1 TD

Atlanta (7-8) at Philadelphia (9-6)

Atlanta (7-8) at Philadelphia (9-6) Sunday 4:15 pm EST

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) - The Philadelphia Eagles are in a position that not many people expected them to be in when Donovan McNabb was lost for the season.

With a win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, the Eagles would clinch their fifth NFC East title in the last six seasons.

The Eagles also would win the division if Dallas loses at home to Detroit.

While the Eagles already have secured at least a wild-card berth, the Falcons have slim playoff possibilities. They need a win in this contest to go along with losses by Carolina, Green Bay and the New York Giants.

The Eagles were not given much of a chance of reaching the playoffs after McNabb suffered a torn ACL in his right knee on November 19.

Three-time Pro Bowl quarterback Jeff Garcia has stepped in for McNabb and played at an extremely high level, going 4-1 as the starter. He has completed 62.2 percent (115-of-185) of his passes for 1,280 yards and 10 touchdowns with two interceptions.

"It's real exciting for this team to have come together like they're coming together and just playing all out from top to bottom," Garcia said. "There's not a single guy who's not putting everything out there during the week of preparation and then following through on game day."

The Eagles also have been sparked by speedy running back Brian Westbrook, who has amassed 1,884 yards (1,214 rushing, 670 receiving) from scrimmage and 11 touchdowns.

Garcia threw for 238 yards and a touchdown and Westbrook rushed for 122 yards as the Eagles seized control of the division with a convincing 23-7 victory at Dallas last Monday.

Things have gone in a completely opposite direction for the Falcons, who have lost six of their last eight games following a 5-2 start.

This could mark the final game for Falcons coach Jim Mora Jr., who is in his third season. Falcons owner Arthur Blank said earlier this year that a a losing record at the end of the season would be "unacceptable."

Last week, the Falcons surrendered 183 rushing yards in a 10-3 loss to Carolina.

Michael Vick struggled against the Panthers, completing 9-of-20 passes for 109 yards and two interceptions. He did rush for 32 yards, becoming the first quarterback in league history to surpass 1,000 yards.

Atlanta has played well away from home, posting a 4-3 record.

The teams met in a Monday game to open last season in Atlanta with the Falcons emerging with a 14-10 victory. The contest featured a pregame fight between Eagles linebacker Jeremiah Trotter and Falcons cornerback Kevin Mathis.


Passing Leaders

M. Ryan66.345912116
S. Renfree42.91101
S. Bradford65.037251914
M. Sanchez64.861644

Rushing Leaders

D. Freeman26410614.011
T. Coleman873924.51
D. Murray1937023.66
R. Mathews1065395.16

Receiving Leaders

J. Jones136187113.88
J. Tamme5965711.11
J. Matthews8599711.78
Z. Ertz7585311.42

Team Averages & NFL Ranks

Total YardsATL
Yards PassingATL
Yards RushingATL
Yards AllowedATL
Pass Yds AllowedATL
Rush Yds AllowedATL

Head to Head Matchups (Since 2001)

Philadelphia leads 4-1
Sep 12, 2005ATL 14, PHI 10
Jan 23, 2005ATL 10, @PHI 27
Nov 2, 2003ATL 16, PHI 23
Jan 11, 2003ATL 6, @PHI 20