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Ryan continues winning ways at home

11/12/2010

Let's take a look at some of the notes, stats & trends that emerged from the Atlanta Falcons' 26-21 win over the Baltimore Ravens...


• The Falcons drove 80 yards in 45 seconds for the game-winning TD with 20 seconds left. How unlikely was this? Entering Thursday's game, the Ravens had allowed touchdowns on just 9.4 percent of opponent drives that began at least 80 yards from the end zone over the last five seasons. That ranked them as the second-stingiest defense in the league by this measure over that span.

• The Falcons improved to 5-0 at home this season. In fact, the Falcons are 7-0 in games played outside of the state of Pennsylvania. Their only two losses are at the Pittsburgh Steelers and at the Philadelphia Eagles.

• Atlanta is now 7-2 this season, one game ahead of the New Orleans Saints in the NFC South. The Falcons' 7-2 record is tied for their best ever through nine games. They were also 7-2 after nine games in 1998 and 2004.

Matt Ryan threw for 316 yards and three TD, including the game-winning 33-yard TD to Roddy White with 20 seconds remaining. It's Ryan's fourth career 300-yard passing game, which is the most by a Falcons QB in his first three seasons. Ryan is also the first Falcons QB with 300 yards, three TD and zero Int in a game since Chris Chandler in 2000.

• Ryan has won 14 straight home starts and is now 18-1 all-time at home. Atlanta is 18-3 at home since 2008, which is the best record in the NFL over that span.

• Roddy White finished with 12 catches for 138 yards and two TD. White now has an NFL-best 70 receptions and 934 receiving yards this season, which are both the most ever by a Falcons player through the team's first nine games of the season.

• It's White's sixth game with at least 10 receptions, which is one shy of Andre Rison's franchise record.

• The Baltimore Ravens fell to 2-3 on the road this season (4-0 at home).

Joe Flacco threw all three of his TD in the second half, becoming the fifth different Ravens QB to throw three TD in the 2nd half of a game.

Anquan Boldin recorded his 16th red zone TD since 2008, which is tied for the third-most in the league over the last three seasons.

Terrell Suggs notched two sacks, giving him a team-high 6.5 this season. It's Suggs' 11th career game with multiple sacks, which is the second-most in team history.