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Atlanta Falcons beat Philadelphia Eagles 

The Atlanta Falcons beat Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles 35-31 in a thrilling victory in their first game at the Georgia Dome for the 2011 season.
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Altanta Falcons fullback Ovie Mughelli enters the stadium during the pregame introductions. Mughelli would later score a key fourth quarter touchdown to pull the Falcons within three points of the Eagles.
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Samuel Jackson greets fans on the sidelines. Jackson is an Atlanta native and former Morehouse student. He bought a choir onto the field during pregame ceremonies and led the crowd in "Rise Up" chants.
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Michael Vick completing a run in the first quarter. Former Falcon Vick returned to the Georgia Dome for the first time as an opposing team starter. He later left the game with an injury.
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Falcons coach Mike Smith unleashes on the sidelines during the first quarter of the Falcons 35-31 victory over the Eagles Sunday night in the Georgia Dome.
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Matt Ryan celebrates the first touchdown of the game with Roddy White who scored after receiving a Ryan pass putting the Falcons ahead 7-0.
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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick fumbles in the second quarter with the Eagles on the Atlanta 4-yard line.
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Vick's fumble is picked up by Atlanta defensive end Ray Edwards.
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Ray Edwards returned the fumble 64 yards to the Eagles' 24-yard line. Edwards recovery led to a Falcons score and a huge change in momentum. Philadelphia was leading 10-7 when Vick lost the ball.
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The Falcons were able to capitalize on Edwards' fumble recovery and return when Tony Gonzalez made an unbelievable catch in the back of the end zone of a Matt Ryan pass down the middle to put Atlanta up 14-10 going into halftime.
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Tony Gonzalez celebrates his touchdown catch.
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The fans go wild after Gonzalez's catch is ruled a touchdown after a review by officials.
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The fans go wild after Gonzalez's catch is ruled a touchdown after a review by officials.
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Matt Ryan faces heat in the third quarter.
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Matt Ryan passes to Tony Gonzalez down the middle for a touchdown.
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Gonzalez carried an Eagles defender for several yards on his back before scoring.
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Gonzalez's second touchdown of the game gave the Falcons a 21-10 lead.
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LeSean McCoy rushed for an 8-yard touchdown run giving the Eagles a 24-21 lead midway through the third quarter.
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Matt Ryan is hit awkwardly in his knee during the third quarter of Sunday's game with the Eagles.
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Michael Vick is helped off the field in the third quarter with a neck injury. Vick left the game with the Eagles up 31-21.
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An injured Michael Vick leaves the field and goes to the locker room. Falcons fans unleashed on Vick with loud screams of "dog killer." Vick did not return to the game.
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Vick had two fumbles in the game and an interception.
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Matt Ryan struggles to his feet after being hit hard late in the third quarter.
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Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner runs through a big hole.
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Michael Turner turns the corner and heads for the end zone.
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Michael Turner stumbles into the end zone for a 3-yard touchdown run putting the Falcons up for a final time making it 35-31.
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Falcons players celebrate a big stop late in the fourth quarter.
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Falcons players celebrate a big stop late in the fourth quarter.
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Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan prepares to fling his hat into the crowd while leaving the field following the Falcons 35-31 victory Sunday night over the Philadelphia Eagles.
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Altanta Falcons fullback Ovie Mughelli enters the stadium during the pregame introductions. Mughelli would later score a key fourth quarter touchdown to pull the Falcons within three points of the Eagles.
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