Matt Ryan discusses his five interceptions in 23-19 win over Cardinals

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By Michael Cunningham

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan’s numbers on Sunday at the Georgia Dome suggested he was the losing quarterback.

Ryan had five interceptions and no touchdowns against the Cardinals. His fourth pick, the most egregious, led to Arizona taking the lead with a field goal early in the fourth quarter.

But the Falcons won, anyway, because their defense bailed them out and Ryan managed to patch together one touchdown drive for a 23-19 victory. In doing so Ryan became the first winning quarterback with five interceptions and no touchdowns since Packers great Bart Starr in 1967.

“That’s great company to be in,” Ryan said, smiling. “Bart is one of the greats of all time. It doesn’t happen very often, it really doesn’t. But it comes down to really good teammates that really picked us up today and made the plays when we needed to.”

Ryan washed away his earlier mistakes by leading Atlanta to its only offensive touchdown of the game. That came not long after his fourth interception threatened to put the Falcons behind by a touchdown.

Ryan rolled to his right and threw a pass that went right to Arizona’s standout linebacker, Daryl Washington. That set the Cardinals up at the Atlanta 16 but they were held to a field goal for a 19-16 lead.

At that point, Ryan went to his teammates to try to boost their confidence

“He said, ‘I don’t know what I was thinking’ and was shaking everybody’s hand,’” Falcons running back Michael Turner said. “Then he said, ‘Let’s go get them again.’”

After their next drive stalled at their 44-yard line, the Falcons finally got in the end zone.

Staring from their 30-yard line, the Falcons got back-to-back catches from Harry Douglas for 11 and 26 yards and an 18-yard catch from Roddy White. A five-yard run by Turner was followed by a nine-yard catch by tight end Tony Gonzalez, and Turner finished the drive with a one-yard touchdown run.

Douglas said the Falcons never lost confidence in their offense, in part because the Cardinals weren’t doing much with the turnovers they forced.

“When we saw them just settling for field goals and not really getting any points out of it really, we knew we were still in the ballgame,” he said.

The Falcons still had to survive one more Ryan interception, a deflected pass that Arizona’s Sam Acho returned to the Atlanta 32 with about four minutes left. Atlanta’s defense held again when Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald couldn’t hang on to a fourth-down pass.

Ryan’s first interception was a ball that White bobbled. Three of Ryan’s interceptions came after balls that were tipped by Cardinals defenders near the line of scrimmage.

“I just need to do a better job of finding passing lanes and finding a spot where it’s not going to get tipped,” Ryan said.

Turner said Ryan’s teammates knew he would eventually play better.

“We have all the confidence in the world in Matt,” Turner said. “We know he’s going to get it done in the end.”


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46 comments Add your comment


November 18th, 2012
8:05 pm

Zombie blogger…


November 18th, 2012
8:13 pm

Matty ill shak bac!!!!!

Falcons Rule.

November 18th, 2012
8:24 pm

Here we go Falcons, here we go. We got your back Ice Ice Baby……MVP at the end of the season, you wait and see AZZCLOWN DOUBTERS. Falcons will hoist that trophy….18-1….BOOK IT…GET OFF THE WAGON YOU FAKE AZZCLOWN FANS.

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

November 18th, 2012
9:07 pm

The defense, which usually gets the brunt of all criticism, actually was responsible for the Falcons’ win today. Michael Turner does not need to start games.

Both Quizz and Snelling are better RBs but for whatever reason, Smith still wants to use Turner. Turner must have some tape or footage on Smith or someone high up within the organization that he’s threatened to use otherwise I can’t understand the rationale????????? Turner 15 carries for 46 big yards!!!!!


November 18th, 2012
9:14 pm

It happens. Matt will bounce back next week. If the media wasn’t killing us before, just wait to see what they’re going to be saying about us now….I don’t even worry about it anymore. I know that we are going to make noise in the playoffs this year. Can’t wait.


November 18th, 2012
9:21 pm

S&TOBS&T – I’m glad to see I’m not the only one who’s S&TOBS&T of seeing Turner NOT burnning up the field any more. I’ve said many times that Snelling should be used far more than he is.


November 18th, 2012
9:28 pm

Blackcow – remember the article the other day about killer instinct? I’ll say again, if this coaching staff can’t find it in their hearts to want to pound an opponent into submission instead of sitting on meagerr 7 – 10 point leads, then we’ll be one and out again this year, because our opponents will take no pity on us and WILL hammer us into the dirt.

I went to the first game the Falcons ever played (preseason loss to Philly, 9 -7) and I’ve been bleeding with them ever since. I appreciate all that Coach Smith has done since he’s been there, but for the life of me, I simply cannot understand why he goes into this conservative shell in th playoffs. Just keep doing what got you there and smoke’em!

Tom, Tom The Atom Bomb

November 18th, 2012
9:33 pm

What we have here is a mediocre team beating mediocre and bad teams to acieve their elite record. Just wait. Playoffs? one and out again……


November 18th, 2012
10:56 pm


Falcon James

November 18th, 2012
11:15 pm

I wonder if Ryan was wearing Ked’s Tennis Shoes. He looked like Mr. Rogers in the neighborhood. I thought he was going to bust out in song. LOL

Falcon James

November 18th, 2012
11:22 pm

What was with all the babbling this week about finishing drives with TD’s? Looks like it fell on deaf ears. I am getting pretty concerned about the Falcon right now. Even though the record does not reflect it how poorly this team is performing, we have got a lot to get straightened out before the playoffs. Tackling is still a problem, Running is problem, Defensive Backs are now banged up and are not getting the turnovers we saw in the beginning of the season, run defense is a problem, and list goes on and on. I love my Falcon, but we got issues.

Mora less Petrino

November 19th, 2012
12:27 am

Flacco and the Ravens just played a bad game and won! I’m sure their fans are concerned despite the Ravens 8-2 record. Only 200 yards of offense for Baltimore tonight.


November 19th, 2012
12:36 am

Whats up with MT? I think he must be hurt! This is the worst I seen the falcs look since the playoff beat down by the Giants. No Focus, No concentration, No want. We are fixing to get our ass kicked in these up coming games if this lack of will is not addressed. We need spoon back bad!! He turned RG3 into RG 1 1/2 with that big hit in the Redskins game. He pumps the whole Defense. John Abraham came up big today, thank goodness. The O line needs to eat some dog food and gun powder and start doing some ass kick blocking like my man Harvey Dahl use to do. Come on Falcs get some pride and get serious!! No More let down. We need teams to fear when they play the falcs. We want them to run out of bounds instead of take a hit!! We want them to curl up when they see a red jersey!!


November 19th, 2012
1:10 am

I think it is time to bring back a good FB like Ovie. He was a main reason why Turner was running so well. A good FB would solve a lot of problems for the running game! :)


November 19th, 2012
1:56 am

You guys kill me, we won. We got what we came for. Last week Matt played like a beast and we lost, stats are for losers. We cant really be thinking about playoffs right now, we have to focus on Tampa Bayonet the road. Six weeks from now, no one is going to look at our record and say oh yeah by the way Ryan had 5 PICKS and Turner only had 46 yards. Act Right! Rise UP!!!!!!!!

DC Dirty Bird

November 19th, 2012
6:56 am

Its great to win when our QB plays like some trash. However, what I’m seeing is a team that’s starting to be reminescient of the 13-3 Falcons from two seasons ago. Winning close games against non-divisional teams in which the score shouldn’t be close. Arizona has a good defense, but not a 6 takeaway defense. If they had a serviceable QB under center we take an L. Next Sunday will be just as telling as yesterday was. Instead of us coming out fired up and angry that we lost, we came out with this overconfident expectation of a win without executing. We need to go down to Tampa and play as if we’re the team fighting to stay in the playoff hunt.

Also, riddle me this, why is it that we can’t seem to find veterans or talented yet raw young guys to fill the bottom half of our roster. Why do we continuously stick with the same practice squad guys year after year. We need players that are pushing for playing time, not guys who will be out of the NFL if not for the Falcons.

Usually I just read but...

November 19th, 2012
8:32 am

One thing for sure, we didn’t improve our running game this week. Why is Turner, all of a sudden, quoted in EVERY dang article these days. I don’t care what he has to say unless he’s apologizing for imitating a NFL power running back. I’m guessing the coaching staff thinks they can get him back in shape by playing him. I was so hoping to see a different direction from the running game this week. Same ole same ole. At some point you have to realize that doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result is INSANE.
Yes, I know he got the 1 yard this time. It was Arizona people, Arizona!! Please don’t waste downs running him against TB.


November 19th, 2012
8:47 am

when is spoon coming back?

Paddy O

November 19th, 2012
9:51 am

what a horrendous game by Matty Ice. the throw to Tony G was WAAAY off; the throw to RW84 should never had been made – a little disappointed in HD not moving on the ball. the 1st interception – while looking like it was on RW84, was stlll on MR2- the throw was behind him AGAIN. Glad Whisenhunt got stupid and pulled his starting QB – or, we probably would have gotten smoked!


November 19th, 2012
10:18 am

The good news is it’s over, it’s not going to effect Ryan or the team going forward. They really really need to figure out what to do under pressure this week, but Ryan isn’t going to let that effect him
There are a lot of guys that need to step up. That said, they are 9-1 and even the screw up games are victories.

Just lucky they played the horrible arizona offense yesterday.


November 19th, 2012
10:21 am

It’s telling to me that he’s the first QB since Bart Starr to win after throwing 5 int’s.

Bart Starr was a great one on a great team. The Falcons may make football look much much harder than it is, but they are winning, even if it’s the ugliest football around.


November 19th, 2012
10:23 am

Matt has picked the team up a lot, this week, the defense gave one back.

North FLA Falcon

November 19th, 2012
10:24 am

Kudos to the defense. Arizona had less than 200 yards. From the highlights I saw pretty good coverage especially on Larry F. Still NO RUNNING GAME!! The only reason Turner got in the end zone was because the TE went into motion and cleared a huge hole for him. Ryan’s passes looked lazy. He will get it together though. Next up — Tampa Bay is no slouch, folks! They are for real. We need to play like we want home field in the playoffs… do we really want to go to Chicago or Green Bay or SF in January?

Big Donnie

November 19th, 2012
10:40 am

Yes indeed. Michael Turner still stinks. He has been a huge part of this team, and he was ‘the man’ for a few seasons. Now, he’s finished. 3rd and 2, the give to Quizz was a great call. Note: he ran for 6 yards to ice the game and MADE SOMEONE MISS to get those 6 yards. Turner runs into the pile and goes down whenever someone slaps his ankle.

Last two games: 28 carries 61 yards. 2.1 yards per carry. Time to put him on the bench

Get Back Jojo

November 19th, 2012
12:14 pm

Ugly Ugly Ugly, BUT!! A “W” is a “W” #9 & Counting…….


Let’s Do This Thing….:-)


November 19th, 2012
1:12 pm

Sloppy Win…….Any win is better than any loss……..Falcons stay focus…..

Two tough divisional games coming up……FALCONS ON THREE, DOMINATE

Flacons loose the next 7 games

November 19th, 2012
1:48 pm

I say it time 2 strat the back u0p and see whah he can do.

It sad 2 thing that the Flacons had Matt Schwaub on the team and they traded him so they cold get Rayan who threws 2 many INtS


November 19th, 2012
3:05 pm

The issue with the Falcon’s is not Matt Ryan or Turner. The issue is the inconsistent pass blocking and horrible run blocking by this offensive line. Hasn’t been any good since Dahl left. Based on how bad the oline is, things are not looking good for the playoffs.


November 19th, 2012
3:07 pm

@Paddy O
“the 1st interception – while looking like it was on RW84, was stlll on MR2- the throw was behind him AGAIN”

hahahahah. yeah, it should have been 6 inchs to the right. Crazy dude…..


November 19th, 2012
3:41 pm

Did any of the young defensive linemen (Matthews, Massaquoi, Sidbury) get into the game Sunday?


November 19th, 2012
3:42 pm

Boys need to clean it up out there next week. Tamps will smash us in the mouth if we play like this again…Need a confidence booster before our game against the Aints!
Gooo Falcons!

Winning the Super Bowl in New Orleans is gonna be awesome….

Who dat?
We dat!

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November 19th, 2012
4:57 pm

without a doubt, we are a flawed football team. with that being said, i dare anybody to find out who isnt. There are no perfect teams in this league. Lets take a look at some things. The great 9-1 Houston Texans played a 1-7 Jaguars team at home and needed OT to win. That defense gave up 458 yards of offensive against a team that avg. about 358 a game. Lets take America’s team the Dallas Cowboys, they get a gift in playing the Cleveland browns at home. and once again needed OT to win. Both these teams should have blown doors on the doormats of the league and they both struggled. Greenbay got a gift too against the Lions. Well lets make that four gifts. The Lions turned the ball over 4 times, and they would have won if not for all those turnovers. Lets take a look at these Falcons. We played the a team that started the season 4-0, I dont care who you are, you cant get four lucky wins in a row in this league, so they had some success early. The wheels fell off and have since lost 6 straight. But they have the 5th best passing defense in the league, they get turnovers, thet get defensive scores and they get sacks in bunches. they have done it all year. Their QB situation is about as bad as it could gets, But the only reason they are even in the game is the turnovers. Three of the INT’s were not Ryans fault, two were completely his fault. we had the fumble saved inbounds by their defense and that 6 turnovers. with all that being said, I look at the scoreboard Falcons 23 Cardinals 19. 23 is higher than 19 in every language. It wasnt pretty, but most wins arent. Did anyone watch that awful Ravens v Steelers game. final score 13-10 Ravens. As long as my team has more points, i will always take the win and so should you.

Go Falcons!!!


November 19th, 2012
5:24 pm

no big deal. we got the win. everyone has bad games. but in the end the outcome is the W.


November 19th, 2012
7:15 pm

matty melt after the game ” i hope this settles all that mvp nonesense “


November 19th, 2012
7:17 pm

@ dr. failclown -better to be 5-5 and a playoff contender than 9-1 and a playoff pretender !

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Mora less Petrino

November 19th, 2012
9:59 pm

@Flacons loose the next 7 games: ATL did not trade Schaub to get Ryan. Schaub was traded because the front office at that time did not realize that MV was a bust! Schaub was gone before Ryan was drafted. Schaub and Ryan are both good QB’s. The only 9-1 QB’s in the league.

Falcons Chic

November 20th, 2012
1:45 am

Am I correct it is going to get ugly from here?

The Burner Turner

November 20th, 2012
8:06 am

could be trouble going to Tampa this weekend. Josh Freeman at Qb always is a problem for us. Tampa always always plays way up for this game.
Right down to the wire most of the time.
Damn I am hungry. Sure hope my legs are feeling alive this week. I am tired of running up the middle time after time only to get stumped again and again. I feel slow. The offensive line is suspect. If they would open huge gaping holes, I could run straight line. But noooooooo
I got to work for it. I hate it.
Just went down to the cafeteria and my friend in the back got to 3 large cheesburgers with frys which I sneaked up to my room. I slipped him 50 bucks for being a sport . One of the coachs saw me with a to go box heading for my room and asked me what I had. I told him ankle weights. I am feeling heavy. Maybe tonight I get out to magic city and bust a move. Go Falcons

Just Me Again

November 20th, 2012
11:43 am

Falcons are soft and are void of the killer instinct required to win at the highest level!!! I am not sure if the Falcon brass read these blogs, but if they really want to ensure success in the upcoming playoffs, here is a simple piece of advice: MAKE THE CALL TO THE FIRM CALLED AFTERBURNER! They are the company that was instrumental in helping the New York Giants to turn their season around by getting to and winning the Super Bowllast season. The Falcons need outside objective feedback to better understand the problems of this team and how to best identify solutions for what is ailing them. Sometimes you can be too close to a situation to know exactly what the problem really is and more importantly if the problem is not being accurately diagnosed, then the attempted solutions will likely come up short. This firm is in your backyard right here in Atlanta so you don’t even have far to go. The only reason the Falcons would not seek such objective feedback is that MS and/or TD are far too arrogant and prideful. This team is in an amazing situation being 9-1, but continuing to play the way they have will surely catch up with the team come playoff time. MAKE THE CALL! Commit to putting a better product on the field versus repeating the same empty cliches each week about having to figure out how to improve in the very same problems that has palagued this time all season. I imagine you get tired of saying the same old things just as much as us fans get tired of hearing them. Please, get help now! The job you save may be your own.

Just Me Again

November 20th, 2012
11:59 am

Also, I am not one to advocate someone losing their job…but I would put the QB coach on notice that if Ryan does not make considerable improvement with his throws, then dude would not be welcomed back. Regardless of what the Matt Ryan haters have to say, he is a very good quarterback who works hard at his craft. However, he does not appear to be improving with many of the throws he makes during games. His throws are often high over the receiver, behind the receiver, or thrown right at the receiver. The problem with these types of throws is they are primed for being intercepted. It is no wonder his interceptions have gone up the past few weeks as teams watching film have recognized what fans have noticed early on. Matt needs to make throws that lead the receiver, or dropped in places that only the receiver can get the ball. THIS IS NOT HAPPENING! And since most of his throws are short to mid-ranged, it should not be that difficult to improve in this area quickly for someone like him that studies and works as hard as he does. The QB coach should be able to identify these very same deficiencies and help him to improve in this area. Besides the O-line, this is one of the key components that seperates him from the likes of Tom Brady, Aaron Rogers, and Drew Brees. He has the potential and work ethic, he just needs someone in his ear to tell him the truth regarding his deficiences versus what one thinks he wants to hear. Let’s get it together coaching staff!!!


November 20th, 2012
12:38 pm

Ryan is a wimp. A 2 year old girl can be a better QB than he is. The kid from the 49ers did an awesome job last night. Ryan should have watched how a real QB plays some ball. He could even watch P Manning tapes and learn something. When is open pocket book Blank going to get tired of funding this loser and get us a real QB. Should also look at firing the QB coach and the GM. Dim has not brought in one real football player since he was hired – opps wait – he did bring us Jones and Rogers. Texans have a great team and a QB that should be a Falcon. Bucs gave them a rough time and went into overtime for Texans to win. But Atlanta gets their behind kicked and handed to them in a brown paper bag. Get rid of Ryan – get rid of the QB coach, get rid of Dim. Hire new GM, hire new QB coach and promote rookie QB Davis to starter! My suggestions. And I don’t get paid millions of dollars to see the problems in Atlanta!

GO Falcons..!!!

November 20th, 2012
2:40 pm


Kudos..!! actually going into that game the Cardinals were #2 in pass defense.

Go Falcons…!!


November 20th, 2012
6:00 pm

Hope we are ready for the bucs. Spoon I hoe you are going to start. I hope we are going to block on offense this week. I hope we are going to tackle in the secondary. I hope Matt gets some pass protection. I hope there will be some creative play calls.I hope we win!!!

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