Ryan Delivers for Falcons in Clutch

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  It started with the Falcons building implausible leads of 20-0 and 27-7 over the Seattle Seahawks. It unfolded with a folding -- blowing 20-point leads, threatening to become the flashpoint for all conversations on the greatest collapses and humiliating moments in Atlanta pro sports history.

  And then came – yes – an even less likely finish. With 31 seconds remaining and the weight of a city and a franchise on him, quarterback Matt Ryan completed consecutive passes to Harry Douglas and Tony Gonzalez, setting up kicker Matt Bryant for a game-winning 49-yard field goal with eight seconds remaining.

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