Nov 13, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Ryan Mathews (24) scores a touchdown as Atlanta Falcons linebacker  LaRoy Reynolds (53) and safety Kemal Ishmael (36) defend in the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 13, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Ryan Mathews (24) scores a touchdown as Atlanta Falcons linebacker LaRoy Reynolds (53) and safety Kemal Ishmael (36) defend in the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Mathews ran for 108 yards and two touchdowns, a tenacious defense held down the league’s highest-scoring offense and the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Atlanta Falcons 24-15 on Sunday.

Carson Wentz threw for 231 yards and led the Eagles (5-4) to a comeback victory for the first time this season. Caleb Sturgis made three field goals, including a clutch kick from 48 yards to seal the win late.

Matt Ryan threw a 76-yard touchdown pass to Taylor Gabriel in the fourth quarter to give Atlanta (6-4) a 15-13 lead, but Philadelphia answered.

Mathews ran in from the 5 and also converted the 2-point conversion for a 21-15 lead with 7:14 left in the game.

On Atlanta’s ensuing possession, Julio Jones dropped a pass on third-and-12 and the Falcons punted away. Jones couldn’t make a difficult catch on fourth-and-5 on Atlanta’s next drive.

Jones, sporting fashionable cleats to support the NFL’s Salute To Service, had 10 catches for 135 yards.

The Falcons came in averaging 33.8 points. But they settled for field goals of 38, 43 and 46 yards by Matt Bryant before Ryan connected with Gabriel.

Mathews had just nine carries combined in the past two games while 33-year-old Darren Sproles was featured. But coach Doug Pederson made a point to establish the run right away. Mathews carried seven times for 34 yards on the first drive, taking it in from the 4 for a 7-0 lead.

Rookie Wendell Smallwood had 70 yards rushing and Philadelphia finished with a season-high 207 on the ground.

Ryan was 18 of 33 for 267 yards, one TD and one interception.

HOME DOMINANCE:

The Eagles are 4-0 at home, including convincing wins over the Steelers and Vikings.

DOUBLE DUTY:

Bryant had two decent punts after Matt Bosher left with a hamstring injury in the fourth quarter.

DRIVE-STOPPERS:

Vic Beasley Jr. had two sacks, including a strip that forced Wentz to fumble and the Falcons recovered at their own 42. Philip Wheeler stopped Mathews at the 1 and Paul Worrilow tacked Mathews for a 1-yard loss on the next play to force a field goal in the fourth quarter.

PLAYING DEEP:

On consecutive plays to end the first half, Jones and then Eagles wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham played deep safety to defend potential desperation passes.

INJURIES:

Eagles CB Nolan Carroll left the game late in the first half after sustaining a concussion. … Falcons CB Desmond Trufant, RB Tevin Colemanand TE Jacob Tamme sat out with injuries. Eagles LG Allen Barbre missed his second straight game.

UP NEXT:

The Falcons host the Arizona Cardinals, while the Eagles visit the Seattle Seahawks.

(Associated Press)

Team Stats: atl phi
1st Downs 11 25
3rd down efficiency 2-11 5-14
4th down efficiency 0-1 0-1
Total Plays 48 76
Total Yards 303 429
Passing Yards 255 221
Rushing Yards 48 208
Turnovers 1 1
Fumbles lost 0 1
Interceptions thrown 1 0
Defensive / Special Teams TDs 0 0
Penalties 8-67 10-77
Time of Possession 21:50 38:10

How They Scored:

Team Time Scoring Play Score
phi 1st Quarter
4:17
Ryan Mathews 4 Yd Run (Caleb Sturgis Kick)
12 plays, 81 yards, 7:14
Falcons 0, Eagles 7
atl 2nd Quarter
9:36
Matt Bryant 38 Yd Field Goal
6 plays, 46 yards, 3:04
Falcons 3, Eagles 7
atl 2nd Quarter
2:59
Matt Bryant 43 Yd Field Goal
9 plays, 50 yards, 4:36
Falcons 6, Eagles 7
phi 3rd Quarter
8:16
Caleb Sturgis 29 Yd Field Goal
14 plays, 70 yards, 6:44
Falcons 6, Eagles 10
atl 3rd Quarter
4:46
Matt Bryant 46 Yd Field Goal
8 plays, 47 yards, 3:30
Falcons 9, Eagles 10
phi 4th Quarter
13:50
Caleb Sturgis 25 Yd Field Goal
10 plays, 59 yards, 5:56
Falcons 9, Eagles 13
atl 4th Quarter
13:15
Taylor Gabriel 76 Yd pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant PAT failed)
2 plays, 75 yards, 0:35
Falcons 15, Eagles 13
phi 4th Quarter
6:49
Ryan Mathews 5 Yd Run (Ryan Mathews Run for Two-Point Conversion)
8 plays, 76 yards, 3:36
Falcons 15, Eagles 21
phi 4th Quarter
1:57
Caleb Sturgis 48 Yd Field Goal
4 plays, 8 yards, 0:22
Falcons 15, Eagles 24

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