Penalties were the theme of the game, with 19 total yellow flags. Detroit, despite being very competitive, had a hand full of costly penalties that arguably were the difference in the game.
Atlanta's late pass interference, which was retracted after an official review indicated the pass had been tipped, preserved the team's victory.
The Falcons saw another great day from tailback Michael Turner, and tight end Tony Gonzalez eclipsed former Colts receiver Marvin Harrison to become the NFL's second all-time leading receiver, behind Jerry Rice.
Here are five things we learned in Atlanta's victory.