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NFL News: Falcons beat Packers, 33-32 behind Matt Ryan, Mohamad Sanu late touchdown

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Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons
Matt Ryan of the Atlanta FalconsKeith Allison/Wikimedia

The Atlanta Falcons can forget about their previous two games where they lost in two close ones after defeating the Green Bay Packers, 33-32 on Sunday in a late comeback win.

The Packers led 32-26 late in the game but Matt Ryan found Mohamad Sanu with 31 seconds left to get the lead and win at home. The Falcons improved to 5-3 for the season while Green Bay dropped to 4-3.

“We’ve got the greatest receiver in the NFL, but we’ve got other great guys in that room, too,” Sanu stated to ESPN. “When our number is called upon, we went out there to do what we do.”

Sanu led his team with 84 receiving yards and had the game-winning touchdown. Atlanta’s top receiver, Julio Jones was contained to just 29 yards on 3 catches. Taylor Gabriel also stepped up with 68 receiving yards (3 catches) and Austin Hooper had 41 yards (5 catches).

Sanu also credited his quarterback’s composure late in the game.

“They don’t call the guy Matty Ice for no reason,” Sanu added. “The guy has ice in his veins.”

Ryan threw for 288 yards on 28-of-35 completions with three touchdowns and no interception. His counterpart, Aaron Rodgers had 246 passing yards with four touchdowns but Green Bay’s defense couldn’t make the stops late in the fourth quarter.

With the win, the Falcons improved to 5-3 for the season and has a comfortable distance with their NFC South rivals midway in 2016. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints are just 3-4 so far this year.

Photo courtesy: Keith Allison/Wikimedia

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