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Raiders vs. Falcons: Matt Bryant said icing tactics helped him

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Atlanta Falcons kicker Matt Bryant believes that the Oakland Raiders helped him make the game winning field goal because of their icing tactics.

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Atlanta Falcons kicker Matt Bryant said he was helped by the icing tactics of the Oakland Raiders at the end of the Falcons' 23-20 win. Bryant missed his first attempt at a 55-yard field goal at the end of the fourth quarter on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. That kick did not count however, because Raiders head coach Dennis Allen tried to ice Bryant with a time out. Bryant then made the game-winning field goal to keep the Falcons undefeated.

In his post game interview, Bryant said that he believes that more good things can happen for a kicker coming out of a timeout:

"Yeah, in my opinion there are more good things that can come out of calling a timeout. I mean if you make the kick, you just conjure up that feeling of repeating that. If you miss then you know how to make adjustments, and that's good for everybody. Whether it be the snap, the hold, or the kick, whatever it may be, it gives everybody a chance to either correct or reproduce the same thing."

Bryant is currently 13-of-14 on field goals this season and has hit all 18 extra-point attempts. The Falcons now put their undefeated record on the line against the Philadelphia Eagles in two weeks.

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