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Clearly, it didn’t work.

Castillo’s defense allowed 18.5 points per game, excluding two TD returns against the offense. Bowles’ D allowed 21 points in the first 24 minutes and couldn’t make a stop until the fourth quarter.

“I did what I did and what I thought was right at the time,” Reid said about the switch. “We need to get better there.”

A sellout crowd anticipating a pending storm expected to hit the East Coast soon started filtering out in the third quarter. Those who stuck around booed the Eagles off the field, though one guy chanted “E-A-G-L-E-S” in the final minute.

The anti-Reid fans may be seeing him in his final months with the team. Owner Jeffrey Lurie already stated before the season that another 8-8 finish would be “unacceptable.”

The Falcons methodically drove 80 yards on 16 plays on the opening possession, converting five third downs. A holding call on defensive end Jason Babin kept the drive going after Ryan threw an incomplete pass on third-and-10. Ryan then threw a 15-yard TD pass to Drew Davis for a 7-0 lead.

Ryan tossed a 3-yard TD pass to Jason Snelling to make it 14-0. Penalties on Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Mychal Kendricks on separate third downs kept Atlanta’s drive going.

After going three-and-out on the first series, the Eagles put it together on the next drive by mixing in seven runs among their 13 plays. LeSean McCoy scored from the 2 to cut it to 14-7.

But the Falcons answered quickly. Ryan connected with Julio Jones over Nnamdi Asomugha for the 63-yard score to put Atlanta up 21-7.

Atlanta converted their first nine third-down tries, including three by penalty. The Eagles finally held in the final minute of the second quarter and Matt Bryant’s 43-yard field goal gave the Falcons a 24-7 halftime lead. Bryant kicked field goals of 29 and 30 on the next two drives.

The Eagles made it 30-17 on Vick’s 7-yard TD pass to McCoy in the fourth quarter.

Samuel had 25 interceptions and went to three Pro Bowls in four seasons in Philadelphia before the acquisitions of Asomugha and Rodgers-Cromartie forced him out. He was traded to the Falcons for a seventh-round pick in April and enjoyed his return to Lincoln Financial Field.

“I love the fans,” he said. “They can boo me. They can cheer for me. Doesn’t do anything but add fuel to the fire.”

NOTES: The Falcons won in Philadelphia for the first time since Oct. 30, 1988. They were 0-6 with two playoff losses. … Neither team had a turnover. … The Eagles got their first sack in four games since Week 3. … Eagles rookie Dennis Kelly took his first snap in the NFL, starting for the injured Danny Watkins (ankle) at RG. … Kendricks was benched for the first series for disciplinary reasons. Casey Matthews took his place at strongside LB. … Falcons coach Mike Smith moved past Dan Reeves into first place on the club’s all-time list with 50 wins.