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NFL notes: Atlanta Falcons' Matt Ryan leads comeback once again

Associated PressAssociated Press

Posted: 11/25/2012 08:45:34 PM PST

November 26, 2012 6:3 AM GMT

No one has led more late winning drives during the past five seasons than Matt Ryan, and the Atlanta Falcons quarterback did it again Sunday with his fifth one this season.

Ryan guided a six-play, 64-yard drive that ended with Michael Turner's 3-yard touchdown run to put the NFC South leaders ahead for good with 7:55 remaining in a 24-23 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

"The last drive, that's something we've done before this season," Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez said. "I really think that's a positive for us to be able to come up with plays like that when we have to like that. ... I'm really happy with the way we responded."

It's getting to be a way of life. Ryan has put together 21 winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime since entering the league in 2008 -- four of them against the division rival Buccaneers.

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the kid is the next elway ive been saying that for a while, just gotta get those playoff wins, plus hes tough as nails

Elway didn't come close to a Super Bowl Champion until paired with Terrell Davs. Matt Ryan could use a RB capable of keeping a defense honest and Turner, unfortunately, has seemingly a wall and is no longer this guy.

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