Ryan, Falcons lead Eagles 14-10 at halftime

September 18, 2011 - 10:20 PM
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Atlanta Falcons fan Mike Laymon, Douglasville, GA., squirts lighter fluid on a Michael Vick jersey as he prepare to set it on fire in the

ATLANTA (AP) — Michael Vick threw a 5-yard scoring pass to Jeremy Maclin but lost two fumbles later in the second period to help Matt Ryan and the Falcons take a 14-10 lead over the Eagles at halftime on Sunday night.

With the Eagles leading 10-7, Vick's 29-yard pass to tight end Brent Celek had Philadelphia back in Falcons' territory.

On first down from the Atlanta 4-yard line, Falcons defensive tackle Peria Jerry surged through the line to hit Vick before he could hand the ball to running back LeSean McCoy, forcing the fumble.

Defensive end Ray Edwards picked up the loose ball at the 12 and rambled 64 yards before he was caught from behind by DeSean Jackson at the Eagles 24.

Ryan completed a 13-yard pass to tight end Tony Gonzalez before passing to Gonzalez again on third down from the Eagles 4.

Gonzalez reached high with his right hand to bring down the pass at the back of the end zone. An officials' review confirmed he had control of the ball and both feet in the end zone.

Vick, scrambling for a gain on the Eagles' next possession, fumbled again when hit by John Abraham. The fumble was recovered by linebacker Stephen Nicholas.

Vick, making his much-anticipated return to Atlanta, capped a 12-play drive that covered 84 yards with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Maclin early in the second quarter. Vick dropped back and looked to his left before stopping and throwing to Maclin, who lined up left before crossing the field to his right at the goal line to make the touchdown catch early in the second quarter.

Vick had a 29-yard pass to Jason Avant on his next drive to help set up a 22-yard field goal by Alex Henery that gave the Eagles a 10-7 lead.

Henery was not close on a 63-yard field goal attempt at the end of the half.

Ryan's 2-yard touchdown pass to Roddy White gave the Falcons a 7-0 lead in the first quarter.

After Michael Turner was stopped by middle linebacker Casey Matthews for no gain on two runs from the 2, Ryan passed to White under the crossbar. White caught the pass despite tight coverage by free safety Kurt Coleman at the back of the end zone.

Vick, the former Falcons star, was making his first trip to Atlanta as a starter for another team. He made his first return as a backup in 2009, and ran and threw for touchdowns as a backup in the Eagles' 34-7 win.

Vick's return generated a strong turnout of his No. 7 jerseys, both in Eagles green and in red or black from his days with the Falcons.

An officials' review negated a 28-yard pass from Ryan to rookie Julio Jones in the second quarter.

The pass hit Jones' hands, went up in the air and was touched by Coleman before hitting the ground and bouncing back to Jones.

The officials initially ruled Jones made the catch, but the replay clearly showed the ball hitting the ground. Ryan was unsuccessful in his attempt to call a quick play before play could be stopped for the review.

Four-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters started for the Eagles after suffering an ankle injury in practice on Friday. He had been listed as questionable.

As expected, the Falcons were without center Todd McClure, who missed his second straight game with a knee injury, and defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux, who injured his knee in last week's loss at Chicago.