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Falcons' Matt Ryan wanted NFC Championship game 'decided on the field'

Falcons' Matt Ryan wanted NFC Championship game 'decided on the field'

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Feb. 6 (UPI) - His team wasn't in the NFC Championship game, but Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan told UPI that he wishes the bout "would have been decided on the field." Ryan was referencing the mistakes made by officials in the fourth quarter of the Los Angeles Rams' overtime win against the New Orleans Saints on Jan. 20 in New Orleans. Referees pocketed their whistles during a Drew Brees pass to Tommylee Lewis. Rams cornerback Nickell Robey Coleman arrived early during the sequence, decking the Saints pass-catcher before the ball arrived. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said last week that Robey Coleman should have been flagged for the play, which would have awarded a first down to the Saints and given them a chance to score a touchdown instead of settling for a field goal after no...
Atlanta Falcons' defense rising up late in season

Atlanta Falcons' defense rising up late in season

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The Atlanta Falcons went into Sunday's game in Charlotte against the Carolina Panthers with nothing to play for, and a huge reason for being out of postseason contention was a lack of defense in key spots. They came within a fourth-quarter stop in tight losses against the New Orleans Saints, Cincinnati Bengals and Dallas Cowboys, and that's the main culprit for not having playoff football. But in their 24-10 win over Carolina, the defense showed flashes of what many people expected it to do before the season started. As Falcons head coach Dan Quinn loves to say, they were fast, physical, and got Atlanta over the finish line against a divisional rival. The Falcons came into Sunday's game having only forced 14 turnovers, putting them in a tie for 25th in the league. But they picked off fi...