Game Day Preview: Eagles / Falcons

The Falcons and Eagles matchup in the final game of the regular season with the Eagles looking to win their fifth division title in six years. For the Falcons, it's just one last appointment before the off-season.

Atlanta Falcons (7-8) at Philadelphia Eagles (9-6)

GAME SNAPSHOT
KICKOFF: Sunday, 4:15 ET
GAMEDATE: 1/21/06
SURFACE: Grass
TV: FOX, Dick Stockton, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver
SERIES:
2006 RANKINGS: Falcons: offense 12th (1st rush, 32nd pass); defense 18th (10th rush, 25th pass). Eagles: offense 2nd (9th rush, 3rd pass); defense 16th (26th rush, 10th pass)

FAST FACTS:
Falcons: The first team since the 1985 Browns with two players with at least 1,000 rushing yards (RB Warrick Dunn, 1,082; QB Michael Vick, 1,022). ... OLB Keith Brooking has started a team-high 95 consecutive games.

Eagles: Clinch their fifth division title in the past six years with a victory. ... RB Brian Westbrook is just the third player in franchise history with at least six 100-yard rushing games in one season.

Falcon Facts:

  • MLB Ed Hartwell sat out practice Thursday with a sore knee and is listed as questionable for the Eagles game. Hartwell has already missed eight games this season after having both of his knees 'scoped during the preseason to have loose debris cleaned out.
  • OLB Michael Boley was unable to work out Thursday, marking a second consecutive practice missed due to the strained hamstring he suffered in Sunday's loss to Carolina. Boley was downgraded to questionable, but coach Jim Mora said he expects Boley to play against Philadelphia.
  • RT Todd Weiner didn't practice for a second consecutive day with a sore knee, but he is still probable on the injury list for the Eagles game.
  • CB DeAngelo Hall returned to practice Thursday after missing Wednesday's session and is listed as probable. The Pro Bowler has been dealing with pain in a shoulder and knee for the past several weeks.
  • DTs Rod Coleman and Grady Jackson were both back at practice Thursday following a day off to rest sore knees, and each is listed as probable.
  • WR Ashley Lelie is out after separating his left shoulder late in last Sunday's loss to the Panthers. As a result, Roddy White returns to the starting lineup for the first time in two months. White, who lost his job to Lelie as a result of dropped passes and non-production, has worked hard since that time to get back in the good graces of the Falcons coaching staff. The loss of Lelie also means that rookie Adam Jennings, who's been spectacular in busting up the wedge in kick coverage, will see more action in three wide receiver sets.
  • Notes From The ‘Nest:

  • RB Brian Westbrook left practice early Thursday because of illness. He was experiencing flu-like symptoms. He did participate in the team walkthrough on Saturday and will be starting Sunday against Atlanta.
  • CB William James didn't practice Thursday and still was listed as questionable for Sunday's game with a calf strain. He probably will miss his third consecutive game in the hope that he'll be ready for the Eagles' first playoff game.
  • S Michael Lewis still was listed as questionable Thursday with a sprained knee. He didn't practice. Lewis missed last week's game and probably will sit out this one as well.
  • LB Dedrick Roper, who is nursing a knee injury, practiced Thursday for the first time this week, but he is still listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Atlanta.
  • CB Lito Sheppard, who missed practice Wednesday with a sore back, practiced Thursday and is expected to play Sunday against the Falcons. He's listed as probable.
  • PREDICTION: Eagles 27-13


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