How it happened

Score at halftime: Falcons 24, Eagles 7

Score after third quarter: Falcons 27, Eagles 10

Team rushing yardage: Falcons 146, Eagles 92

Team passing yardage: Falcons 246, Eagles 178

Penalties-yards: Falcons 6-40, Eagles 6-57

Time of possession: Falcons 32:55, Eagles 27:05

Eagles' best number: 0 (turnovers by the offense)

Eagles' worst number: 0 (turnovers by the defense)

You had to be there

The impending arrival of Tropical Storm/Hurricane Sandy kept some Eagles fans from going to the game. Although the parking lots were jammed as usual, the stands weren't as crowded. Even more fans left after the Falcons took a 21-7 lead.

Three stars

1. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (three touchdown passes)

2. Falcons place-kicker Matt Bryant (three field goals)

3. Eagles running back LeSean McCoy (two touchdowns)

Turning point

The Eagles were still in the game when McCoy's 2-yard touchdown run in the second quarter cut the Falcons' lead to 14-7. Atlanta promptly regained control on Ryan's 63-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Julio Jones.

Eagles' best play

Wide receiver DeSean Jackson beat former teammate Asante Samuel for a nice gain in the third quarter. Jackson caught a short pass, spun and twisted away from Samuel and sprinted upfield for a 32-yard gain.

Eagles' worst play

Jones raced past Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and Ryan hit Jones in stride for that 63-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

Did you notice?

Linebacker Casey Matthews was on the field for the first few plays. ... Rookie linebacker Mychal Kendricks was benched early for disciplinary reasons, according to coach Andy Reid. ... Dennis Kelly started at right guard in place of injured Danny Watkins. ... Eagles cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was whistled for two penalties on one play in the first quarter. ... New defensive coordinator Todd Bowles coached from the sidelines instead of the coaches box. ... Eagles defensive tackle Cedric Thornton got the team's first sack in 15 quarters by dropping Ryan in the third quarter. ... Reid lost a challenge in the third quarter. ... Falcons safety Thomas DeCoud taunted the Eagles 'bench with a dance in the final seconds of the game.

Parting shots

Eagles tight end Brent Celek: "It's obvious what they did to us. They are a good football team and they embarrassed us."

Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez: "Everyone was talking about the Eagles being 13-0 after the bye week. To beat them says a lot about where we're at as a team."

David Weinberg, 609-272-7186