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Ryan proves he knows how to win

Whether the Falcons are up early or rallying late, the result is the same

Originally Published: October 12, 2012
By Ashley Fox | ESPN.com

Start fast or finish strong? If you could choose only one way to play a game, which would it be: Get up on an opponent early, or finish it off late?

"I tell everybody when I talk about starting fast, you only get one opportunity to make a first impression on an opponent," Falcons coach Mike Smith said. "You want to make it one they're going to remember in a positive way."

Smith has a quarterback who has done both. Through the first five weeks of his fifth season, Matt ...

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