Eagles Lead Falcons 21-7, But Jackson Leaves With Head Injury

DeSean Jackson has just four catches for 38 yards from Kevin Kolb this season. The duo hopes to change that against a stingy Falcons defense.

DeSean Jackson left the game with a head injury and will not return. (Photo: Ryan Messick)

The Eagles dominated the Falcons in the first half, racing out to a 21-0 lead.  Unfortunately, the Birds lost wide receiver DeSean Jackson to a head injury after he took a brutal helmet to helmet hit from Dunta Robinson.  Jackson had a rushing and receiving touchdown before the injury, but his return has already been ruled out.  At halftime, the Eagles lead stands at 21-7.

Kevin Kolb shined both before and after Jackson’s injury, completing 16-of-20 passes for 169 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception.  The pick was tipped three times before being hauled in by William Moore.

The Eagles opened the game on a tear after the Falcons went 3-and-out. DeSean Jackson took the Birds second play from scrimmage 31 yards to the house on an end around.

The Falcons then moved the ball before Matt Bryant put a field goal off the left-post, giving the Eagles good field position.  Philadelphia used the run to set up the pass on the ensuing drive, with LeSean McCoy runs of 8 and 9 yards as well as a 5-yard first down run by Chad Hall.  Kolb then found Jackson for a 34-yard strike on a post route, putting Philadelphia up 14-0.

Philadelphia forced a pair of three-and-outs, sandwiching a missed field goal by David Akers.  On the Eagles next drive, a raucous Lincoln Financial Field was silenced by the injury of Jackson.

The 5’10 receiver was running over the middle, and a pass was thrown high forcing him to extend to try to make the catch.  Dunta Robinson saw the vulnerable wideout and delivered a devastating helmet-to-helmet hit, which left both players motionless for nearly five minutes.

The Eagles took advantage of the 15-yard penalty on Robinson for hitting a defenseless receiver, with Kolb finding Jeremy Maclin for an 8-yard touchdown.  Maclin laid out to make the catch in the front corner of the end zone, giving the Eagles a 21-0 lead.

It appeared the Eagles would sail into halftime with at least a three touchdown lead, as they took over on an Asante Samuel interception with 2:06 left in the half.  Kolb had a pass tipped three times and picked off by William Moore though, and was then called for a horse collar trying to bring the safety down on the return.

Atlanta took over at the Eagles 31-yardline with 52 seconds left in the half, and moved the ball down to the 1 yardline after a pass interference call on Ellis Hobbs.  Matt Ryan found Tony Gonzalez for a 1-yard touchdown, putting the Falcons on the board with 14 seconds left in the opening half.

The Eagles took a knee after the kickoff, taking a 21-7 lead into the locker room.  Matt Ryan was 10-of-19 for 111 yards, a touchdown and an interception.  Michael Turner carried the ball 10 times but gained just 32 yards.

Jeremy Maclin caught 5 passes for 69 yards and a touchdown and LeSean McCoy ran the ball 9 times for 35 yards while gaining 18 yards on 3 catches.

Topics: Atlanta Falcons, DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Kevin Kolb, LeSean McCoy, Matt Ryan, Philadelphia Eagles, Tony Gonzalez

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  • Brian

    You mention several times that the hit was helmet-to-helmet, but it was not. It was a clean hit, and the personal foul call was total BS. Watch the replay.

    With that being said, I hate to see any players get seriously injured as a result of a hit like this, but this IS the NFL. This is not flag football.

  • http://www.insidetheiggles.com Ryan Messick

    Brian,

    Yes, from the press box it looked like it was helmet to helmet. I couldn’t see a replay because they didn’t show it on the big screen and the tv’s in the press box had too much glare… So I was left with my initial view.

    Even if it was helmet to helmet, I don’t think it would have been dirty. It happened too fast to be dirty, both players were just there, and I don’t think Robinson had any time to adjust.

    Unfortunately, I’m not sure what can be done about this sort of thing. The players are faster and stronger than ever, so when they collide, it stands to reason the result will be worse. You can’t just take hitting out of the game, so unless they can find advanced ways to improve the helmets, I’m not sure.

    Thank God DeSean had his helmet snapped on properly. How many times on small hits do we see them pop off because the players don’t snap the straps on properly? I don’t even want to think about how bad someone could get hurt on a hit like that if their helmet wasn’t all the way buckled up.