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.
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.
The Eagles are 4-0 at home, including convincing wins over the Steelers and Vikings.
Bryant had two decent punts after Matt Bosher left with a hamstring injury in the fourth quarter.
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.
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.
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.
|3rd down efficiency||2-11||5-14|
|4th down efficiency||0-1||0-1|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
|Time of Possession||21:50||38:10|
How They Scored:
|Ryan Mathews 4 Yd Run (Caleb Sturgis Kick)
12 plays, 81 yards, 7:14
|Falcons 0, Eagles 7|
|Matt Bryant 38 Yd Field Goal
6 plays, 46 yards, 3:04
|Falcons 3, Eagles 7|
|Matt Bryant 43 Yd Field Goal
9 plays, 50 yards, 4:36
|Falcons 6, Eagles 7|
|Caleb Sturgis 29 Yd Field Goal
14 plays, 70 yards, 6:44
|Falcons 6, Eagles 10|
|Matt Bryant 46 Yd Field Goal
8 plays, 47 yards, 3:30
|Falcons 9, Eagles 10|
|Caleb Sturgis 25 Yd Field Goal
10 plays, 59 yards, 5:56
|Falcons 9, Eagles 13|
|Taylor Gabriel 76 Yd pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant PAT failed)
2 plays, 75 yards, 0:35
|Falcons 15, Eagles 13|
|Ryan Mathews 5 Yd Run (Ryan Mathews Run for Two-Point Conversion)
8 plays, 76 yards, 3:36
|Falcons 15, Eagles 21|
|Caleb Sturgis 48 Yd Field Goal
4 plays, 8 yards, 0:22
|Falcons 15, Eagles 24|