Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/27/13

ATLANTA - OCTOBER 18: Quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons lines up for a play during the first quarter of the game against the Chicago Bears at the Georgia Dome on October 18, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
I had thought this was the game that the Atlanta Falcons would use to begin a long run toward the playoffs. The Arizona Cardinals happen to be a team like the Falcons who are looking for a spark to make them relevant in NFL circles, especially in the circus of the NFC West.Behind a stinging defense, Andre Ellington’s breakout game and four interceptions by Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, Arizona became the team fans noticed in a big way on Sunday.The 27-13 win in Arizona proved that Bruce Arians and his offense is working in the desert, and the Cardinals may be a spoiler in the NFC playoff picture.It also meant Ryan would have nightmares of Cardinal red on Sunday night. While it seems Ryan is not as giving to other teams he has played this year, he appears to be tremendously forthcoming against Arizona. The four interceptions and 10 knockdowns by the Cardinals defense, led by Calais Campbell were enough to make anyone want to curl up in a fetal position. Add to it the 154 yards by ro...
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