Found October 25, 2011 on The Penalty Flag:
The Atlanta Falcons 23-16 win over the Detroit Lions may be the turning point to their season. Not only did they continue to go back to last season’s formula of using Michael Turner’s running (27 carries, 122 yards) to set up Roddy White’s receiving (5 catches, 52 yards, TD), but they also proved they could beat a good team on the road. The Lions are a legitimate playoff contender, so to win a head-to-head meeting bodes well in the case of a tie-breaker in January. Matt Ryan hurt his ankle and came back to lead his team to victory and quiet critics. The unity the team showed when Lions’ players were trash-talking their injured QB may be what ignites this talented team into a championship team.The Falcons offense was excellent on 3rd down conversions going 7-17 and the defense held the Lions to 1-12 on 3rd down. When an offense stays on the field by extending drives and the defense gets the opponent off the field quickly, it is hard to lose. The Falcons are now getting a much needed bye week for Ryan and Julio Jones. They can exhale at 4-3 and be prepared to dominate a Colts team [...]
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