ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 16: Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons reacts just before the touchdown signal is given against the Carolina Panthers at Georgia Dome on October 16, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
That was glorious.
The Falcons looked like they might bumble their way to a loss when they were down 17-14 in the third quarter, with the defense struggling. But suddenly the defense clamped down, picking Cam Newton multiple times, and the offense got rolling off a terrific performance from Michael Turner.
This was a huge win for the Falcons, who desperately needed to even their record to stay alive in the NFC South. The win gives them some momentum going against a tough Detroit team next week. Plus, it makes for a happy evening for the rest of us.
Keep talking the Falcons and the late games here. Recaps and more coming tomorrow morning.