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Falcons Vs. Eagles: Matt Ryan On Michael Vick's Atlanta Fan Base

There's a lot going on in the Atlanta Falcons' Sunday nighter against the Philadelphia Eagles, but there's one story line with which you can expect to be hammered in the face: former Georgia Bulldogs defensive tackle Jeff Owens returning to the scene of the 2005 SEC Championship Game, where he collected two tackles and a sack. No, wait.

It's the first game to pit Matt Ryan against Michael Vick, plus Vick's first start against the Falcons. As he does in response to every question ever, Ryan answered in the most polite and inoffensive fashion when asked about Vick's ongoing support among lots and lots of Falcons fans:

On playing in a city that still supports Philadelphia QB Michael Vick:
"I don't think it's difficult at all. I think we've had great support here the last couple of years. Certainly, Mike was a great player down here and did some fantastic things and is going to have support from people in this city. But I really feel like we've had great support the last three years that I've been down here and it's been a lot of fun to play down here."

On seeing Vick's Falcons jerseys in the stands at the Georgia Dome:
"It doesn't really even come into consideration with me. We've got a lot of things on our plate as a team and as players that we're not really concerned with those things."

For more on this game, stay tuned to Falcons blog The Falcoholic and Eagles blog Bleeding Green Nation.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.