ATLANTA, NOV. 18 -- "I hit it perfect," Roger Ruzek said. "I could have hit that one from 60."
The distance didn't matter to the Philadelphia kicker. Neither did the pressure of trying a 46-yard field goal with the game on the line.
"I just wanted to kick it as smooth as an extra point," he said after his kick with 1:45 left lifted the Eagles over the Atlanta Falcons, 24-23, for a four-game winning streak and a tie with Washington at 6-4 in the NFC wild-card chase.
Randall Cunningham's second and third touchdown passes of the day pulled the Eagles from a 16-7 fourth-quarter deficit to a 21-16 lead, but Chris Miller's 23-yard pass to Andre Rison put Atlanta (3-7) ahead again.
Ruzek's field goal came after a 29-yard punt by Scott Fulhage gave the Eagles possession on their 47. Cunningham completed three passes for 24 yards in the eight-play drive to the Atlanta 29, setting up Ruzek for his first kick this season with a game on the line.
"It comes with the job," he said. "I hope it doesn't happen too often. It's a pressure situation but I felt comfortable with it. This was unbelievable. We found a way to win."
Miller hit a 50-yard completion to George Thomas to set up his touchdown pass to Rison for a 23-21 lead with 6:30 to go, 73 seconds after Cunningham's two scoring passes within a span of 58 seconds.
Cunningham hit Keith Jackson with a 17-yard scoring pass with 10:41 left, then -- on the first play after Mike Ruether replaced injured Jamie Dukes at center for the Falcons -- Miller bobbled the snap. Jerome Brown recovered for the Eagles, and Cunningham fired a 30-yard touchdown to Calvin Williams.
"The big thing is that we played with a lot more emotion today," Philadelphia Coach Buddy Ryan said. "We had to because they were playing well."
"That one hurt all of us," Atlanta Coach Jerry Glanville said. "They're a good football team. We had chances to make plays, but they're good enough that they can hurt you. They are not an average football team. The bottom line is that they can play."
After Ruzek's field goal, Atlanta had one more chance, but Miller threw incomplete from the Falcons 17 and left the field with what was described as an injury either to his ribs or sternum. Scott Campbell then threw three incompletions.
Atlanta gambled and failed on its first possession of the game when Steve Broussard was stopped by Seth Joyner for a four-yard loss to the Eagles 6. The Falcons had gotten in position on Miller's 55-yard pass to Michael Haynes to the 11.