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Falcons vs. Buccaneers: Matt Ryan reflects on game, looks forward to Saints game

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Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan reflects on Sunday's win over Tampa Bay and also looks forward to Thursday's divisional game against the New Orleans Saints.

Al Messerschmidt

After getting in his own way last week with five interceptions, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan played big on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, throwing for more than 350 yards on the road.

Ryan reflected on his performance in the postgame with D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, as well as the 80 yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Julio Jones. The MVP candidate did not give himself too much credit, though, instead crediting Jones' adjustment.

"Julio made a great play. We had one-on-one coverage. He got an inside release on (Tampa Bay cornerback Leonard Johnson) and just tried to get back to the outside. I tried to throw it down there high and outside so he could make a play on it. He did, he made a great adjustment. That was a really big play for us this game."

The star quarterback is also looking forward to the team's rematch against the New Orleans Saints at home, which will be on a short week as the game is scheduled for Thursday.

"It's going to be important for us with the short week to get some rest tonight, to get home, enjoy this win, but get some rest and get back to work tomorrow. We played New Orleans a couple of weeks ago, so that game and their schemes are probably still pretty fresh in our minds. We've done this before. We know how to handle it. It's just going to take a good effort this week."

The Saints lost at home to the San Francisco 49ers, but they also ruined the Falcons perfect record just a few weeks ago. Nonetheless, Atlanta is looking good at 10-1 and not only a comfortable four game lead in the division, but also the No. 1 seed in the NFC.

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