Found November 29, 2011 on Fox Sports:
The surging Atlanta Falcons are calling on Oprah Winfrey for last-minute help. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan barked "Four-Oprah!" to his offense during Atlanta's 24-14 victory Sunday over Minnesota -- using the former talk show host's name as an "audible" to alert his team to a quick play change. In football terms, an "audible" means that the quarterback changes the play at the line of scrimmage when he spots something in the other team's defensive coverage. Ryan's Oprah audible was noticed by James Duthie, a broadcaster for Canada's The Sports Network. Duthie, who covers hockey, tweeted about it in the second quarter of Sunday's game while watching the action on FOX. "I thought I was hearing things, but the guys on the broadcast [Brian Billick and Thom Brennaman] mentioned it briefly in passing," Duthie told the New York Post. "And a couple of plays later I heard it again. It was bizarro. "I actually like the fact that they have a little creativity. They can really say anything they want at the line [during an audible] and it's usually mumbo-jumbo, letters or 'slant this, post this, corner that.'" Falcons spokesman Reggie Roberts said the team's coach, Mike Smith, did not wish to comment on the odd audible. "Coach Smith wants to pass on talking about our audibles," Roberts said. "He's being a coach and being careful." Read more:

Ryan enjoying resurgence after slow start to 2011

Matt Ryan is enjoying a strong recovery from his disappointing slow start to the season. Ryan, the Falcons' fourth-year quarterback who was coming off his first Pro Bowl season, appeared to be having a career setback when he threw six interceptions in Atlanta's disappointing 2-3 start. Since then, the Falcons have won five of six as Ryan has been on a roll. He has nine...

Ryan reaches out to Texans QB Schaub

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- They grew up 10 miles apart, played for ACC schools, have mutual friends and have both started at quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons. Sunday would have been the first time that Matt Ryan and Matt Schaub would have played against each other in their careers. Instead, the Falcons will face Houston's third-string quarterback, T.J. Yates, a metro Atlanta...

Rewind: Ryan’s precision passing pays off

Falcons defensive end Ray Edwards is all smiles walking on to the field after defeating his former team, the Vikings, 24-14 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011. Curtis Compton / The game that was   The Falcons, for the second outing in a row, did not show the requisite killer-instinct of a championship level team. They built a big lead against...

Ryan throws 3 TDs, Falcons hold off Vikings 24-14

Matt Ryan tossed three touchdown passes and the Atlanta Falcons held on again, beating the Minnesota Vikings 24-14 Sunday.

Tyler Perry Writes Open Letter to Alleged Jerry Sandusky Victim, Praises Boy for His Courage

Tyler Perry is many things: producer, director, actor, playwright and multi-millionaire. But he is also a survivor of childhood abuse, something that he revealed to Oprah Winfrey on her show in 2010. On Monday, Perry drew from that experience to pen an open letter in The Daily Beast to the 11-year-old boy who is alleged to have been one of the victims abused by Jerry Sandusky at...

Ryan throws 3 TDs, Falcons hold off Vikings 24-14

Matt Ryan tossed three touchdown passes and the Atlanta Falcons held on again, beating the Minnesota Vikings 24-14 Sunday.

Ryan, Falcons roll over Peterson-less Vikings

Matt Ryan tossed three touchdown passes and the Atlanta Falcons held on again, beating the Minnesota Vikings 24-14 Sunday.

Matt Ryan throws 3 TDs, Falcons hold off Vikings 24-14

ATLANTA - Matt Ryan tossed three touchdown passes and the Atlanta Falcons held on again, beating the Minnesota...

Ryan throws for three TDs as Falcons hold off Vikes

Matt Ryan tossed three touchdown passes and the Falcons came through with a goal-line stand after Percy Harvin's 104-yard kickoff return, preserving a 24-14 victory over the Vikings.

Falcons take on A.D.-Less Vikings in the Dome

         The Atlanta Falcons look to extend their winning streak to two games today, as the 2-8 Minnesota Vikings head south to take on the Dirty Birds in the Georgia Dome. The Falcons have had an up-and-down season so far, winning four of their last five games to move their record to 6-4 on the season and are coming off a 23-17 victory over the Tennessee Titans. Meanwhile...

Atlanta Falcons 24, Minnesota Vikings 14

The Falcons pushed the Vikings around today at the Georgia Dome.  Matt Ryan had his best game of the year as he completed 27 of 34 passes for 262 yards with 3 TD passes and 0 INTs.  Michael Turner led the way on the ground for the Falcons in this game with 60 yards rushing on 19 carries (3.2 ypc).  WR Roddy White led the way in the passing game for the Falcons today with 120 yards...

Falcons Seal Victory Over The Vikings 24-14

To use the old English cliche, it certainly was a game of two halves when the Falcons and Vikings met on Sunday afternoon.At halftime, the Falcons were cruising and looked in total control being 17-0 ahead. Dominant drives from the Falcons offense made it look easy against a Vikings defense that struggled to pressure Matt Ryan. Svitek in particular had a terrific game not allowing...
Falcons News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.