His stats weren't impressive, but on a day when one of his offensive tackles stepped on his ankle and bent it as if it were a piece of silly putty, few will remember that Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan threw two interceptions.
Instead, they'll remember Ryan coming out of the locker room after having an injured knee examined, and, on his first play from scrimmage, connecting with wide receiver Harry Douglas for a 49-yard gain, Ryan's longest of the day, and that the Falcons defeated Detroit 23-16 at Ford Field to record their first back-to-back wins of the season and go above .500 for the first time this season at 4-3.
Three plays later after connecting with Douglas, Matt Bryant made a 47-field goal to put the Falcons up by 11. It was a key play in the game since Detroit (5-2), now just a game ahead of Atlanta in the NFC Wildcard race, scored on a 57-yard touchdown pass to Calvin Johnson on its next series to draw within 20-16 and seize momentum for a time.
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