Ravens vs. Falcons: Can Matt Ryan and Co. Extend Hot Streak?

Chris Faig@@ULuminaryCorrespondent INovember 12, 2010

ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 07:  Stephen Nicholas #54 of the Atlanta Falcons enters the field during defensive player introductions before facing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Georgia Dome on November 7, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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After defeating the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday Night, Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons have proven that they are among the elite teams in the NFL.  

In a fierce battle against the always dangerous Baltimore Ravens, Ryan looked like a seasoned vet.  Completing 32 out of 50 passes, Matt Ryan recorded 316 yards and three touchdowns with a 101.8 QB rating.  

Matt Ryan showed how good he truly is, leading his team back into the game when it seemed like a Ravens win was already in order.  

With only one minute and five seconds remaining in the contest, the Atlanta Falcons were trailing 21-20.  Ryan then took over, and threw his way downfield to victory.  First a deep left pass to Michael Jenkins for 24 yards.  Then he hit Roddy White with a short 15-yarder and spiked the football stopping the clock.  Ryan then threw two short passes for incompletions before hitting Roddy White deep for a 33-yard touchdown, giving the Falcons a 26-21 lead after failing the two-point conversion attempt.

This win exampled how effective and clutch Matt Ryan can be.  Beating out a tough Baltimore Ravens team, especially in the final minutes of play, is an impressive feat.  

The Falcons now improve to 7-2 sitting atop the NFC South division with a one-game lead.

With St. Louis, Green Bay, Tampa Bay and Carolina as their upcoming opponents, the Falcons seem to be on track to reach their 10th playoff appearance in the history of the franchise.  

The biggest game on their schedule is against New Orleans, who they already beat on the road in overtime by a score of 27-24.  If Atlanta can win at home against the Saints on December 27th, you can expect the Falcons to make the playoffs for the second time in the past three years.