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Falcons vs. Buccaneers: Matt Ryan glad to put game behind him

Falcons QB Matt Ryan said he'll need to learn from his mistakes last weekend, but needs to also put the game behind him as the Falcons get ready for the Bucs.

Scott Cunningham

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had quite possibly the worst game of his career on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. He went 28-46 for 301 yards, but threw five interceptions and zero touchdowns. The most impressive thing, however, is that the Falcons were still able to pull out the 23-19 win, despite Ryan's struggles.

The Falcons have an important matchup against the red-hot Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, and Ryan spoke about how he'll have to both learn from last week's performance while also putting it behind him:

"You have to learn from things, but you have to be able to put them behind you in the right way and not let them take away from what you want to do as you move forward. I think I have done a good job with that and I think our team has, too."

The Bucs come into this weekend's game ranked first in the NFL against the run, but 32nd against the pass. While that would seem to play into the Falcons' hands, Ryan isn't taking anything for granted ahead of this game:

"Statistics sometimes jump out at you like that. They’ve played with a lead in a lot of different games, so teams have been forced to throw the ball against them. I think that’s part of why their statistics are the way they are. With that said though, I think they are very good against the run, very stout in their front four. They play with great effort, great intensity. They do a great job with their pressure packages in their base personnel grouping. It’s something we’re going to have to be prepared for and execute well against."

The Falcons and Bucs kick off from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, Nov. 25th.

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