ATLANTA — Michael Vick wobbled off the field with an aching neck late in the third quarter, all done in his return to Atlanta as a starting quarterback.
This is Matt Ryan's city now, and he led the Falcons back with their former quarterback sitting in the locker room.
Ryan threw a career-high four TD passes, shaking off all the hoopla over Vick coming back to face his old team, and rallied Atlanta from a 10-point deficit for a 35-31 win Sunday night over the Philadelphia Eagles.
Two of Ryan's TD throws went to ageless tight end Tony Gonzalez, who went past Terrell Owens into the fifth spot on the NFL's career receiving list. Then, Ryan hooked up with former Porter-Gaud standout Ovie Mughelli on a 1-yard score that brought Atlanta
to 31-28 with just over 6 minutes left.
The Falcons (1-1) completed the comeback with Michael Turner breaking off a 61-yard run, then powering over from the 3 with 3:24 left. Turner had 114 yards on 21 carries.
Vick threw for a pair of touchdowns but left with a neck injury after getting spun by a Falcons rusher into Eagles lineman Todd Herremans. No. 7 staggered off the field and Mike Kafka came in for the first game of his two-year career.
Kafka did a good job in a tough situation, guiding the Eagles down the field on a potentially winning drive in the closing minutes. But on fourth down from Atlanta's 22, Jeremy Maclin dropped a pass over the middle that would have kept it going.