NFL: Ryan leads unbeaten Falcons over Eagles


Tue, Oct 30, 2012 - Page 19

The Falcons remained the NFL’s only unbeaten team after Matt Ryan threw touchdown passes on Atlanta’s first three possessions in a 30-17 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

The Falcons are unbeaten after seven games for the first time in club history, while the Eagles (3-4) lost after a bye for the first time in 14 games under coach Andy Reid since 1999.

Ryan finished 22 of 29 for 262 yards and three touchdowns for his first win against his hometown team in three tries.

Michael Vick did not turn the ball over for once, but he played so-so and failed to beat his former team in his second start against the Falcons since returning to the NFL in 2009.

New York remained undefeated at Cowboys Stadium with a 29-24 win over Dallas, after blowing a 23-point lead. Lawrence Tynes kicked two of his five field goals in the fourth quarter as Eli Manning and the New York Giants overcame a fourth-quarter deficit to beat Dallas 29-24. New York (6-2) led 23-0 just two minutes into the second quarter, when defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul returned an interception 28 yards for a touchdown. That was the third interception thrown by Tony Romo, among six turnovers by Dallas (3-4).

In Denver, Peyton Manning shook off a bleeding right thumb after banging it on an opponent’s helmet to throw for 305 yards and three scores as the Denver Broncos downed the New Orleans Saints 34-14.

It was Manning’s fifth straight 300-yard game, setting a franchise record for Denver (4-3) and matching his personal best.

The Detroit Lions edged the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 after Matthew Stafford threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Titus Young with 20 seconds left. Zach Miller earlier made a spectacular, 16-yard catch on a toss from Russell Wilson with 5 minutes, 27 seconds left to put the Seahawks ahead.

The Pittsburgh Steelers swarmed star rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III in a dominant 27-12 win over the Washington Redskins, while Cleveland rookie Trent Richardson rushed for 122 yards and scored a touchdown in the Browns’ soggy, wind-whipped 7-6 win over the San Diego Chargers.

At London’s Wembley Stadium, Tom Brady led touchdown drives on the first five possessions as New England cruised to a 45-7 win over the St Louis Rams, while in Nashville, Tennessee, Andrew Luck threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Vick Ballard at 4:49 of overtime of the Indiana Colts’ 19-13 win over the Tennessee Titans.

In other games, Robbie Gould kicked a 41-yard field goal as time expired to rally the Chicago Bears over the Florida Panthers 23-22, the Green Bay Packers beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 24-15, the Miami Dolphins downed the New York Jets 30-9 and the Oakland Raiders defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 26-16.