Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 12/23/12
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The Atlanta Falcons made relatively easy work of the Detriot Lions Saturday night 31-18, led by Falcons QB Matt Ryan (25 of 32 for 279 yards), who matched his career high TD total for a season (27), throwing four TD passes, including two to Roddy White. The 13-2 Falcons pulled away in the 4th quarter as the Lions were within five points, with Ryan's fourth TD to a wide-open Michael Palmer, and a Matt Bryant field goal that put them ahead by15 with 3:05 left to play. The 4-11 Lions saw one bright spot for their team with receiver Calvin Johnson breaking Jerry Rice's NFL single-season yards record of 1,848. Matthew Stafford finished the night 37/56, with 443 yards and one interception. Before the game, the teams and and fans at Ford Field in Detroit honored the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings with a moment of silence. Players also had memorial decals on their helmets that read "S.H.E.S." in white on a black background, and Detroit's coaches wore pins with a like design. var switchTo5x=true; stLight.options({publisher:''});
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