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Falcons vs. Eagles 2012: Secondary was 'carved up' by Matt Ryan

The Philadelphia Eagles were humbled at home by the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

Rob Carr

Michael Vick, Andy Reid, and the Philadelphia Eagles were soundly beaten at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday by the still-unbeaten Atlanta Falcons, 30-17.

The score makes the game look closer than it actually was, with the Eagles never really able to get themselves into a situation where they could compete.

As Jason Brewer points out for Bleeding Green Nation, one area of the team in particular was a major issue:

Matt Ryan completed over 75% of his passes, threw for 262 yards and 3 TDs. The Eagles did manage to get their first sack since week 3, but it was late in the game when it didn't matter anymore and for the most part they failed to create any pressure. And with time, Ryan had little trouble carving up an Eagles secondary who bit on play fakes all day, committed bad penalties and failed to keep up with Julio Jones.

Speculation has already begun on whether or not Vick will lose his starting job to rookie Nick Foles. With the team 3-4, anything seems possible and perhaps should be at this point. Philadelphia was flying high early in the season despite some close calls, but now finds itself trailing the New York Giants by three games in the NFC East.

Reid has been actively searching for answers, but replacing ex-defensive coordinator Juan Castillo with Todd Bowles didn't seem to do much for the Eagles against the high-powered Falcons attack.