2010 | Week 10 vs Baltimore
Remember what we said about comeback wins? Atlanta and Baltimore both entered Thursday Night Football in Week 10 with identical 6-2 records. This occasion was truly a “Prime Time” affair as the Falcons honored the legendary Deion Sanders with an induction into the team’s Ring of Honor. With Sanders present as part of NFL Network coverage of the game, the Falcons took a 13-0 lead and would have a 20-7 advantage going into the fourth quarter.
Atlanta saw that 13-point advantage turn into a 21-20 deficit with just 1:05 remaining in the game. Ryan would hit Michael Jenkins on the sideline for a 24-yard gain, then White in the middle for 15 yards. A defensive pass interference call moved the ball to the Ravens’ 33-yard line, then the return magic struck again. At the first and 10th with 24 seconds left, Ryan rolled to his left and connected with an open and on the heels White who ran into the end zone to give Atlanta the 26-21 victory.
2012 | Week 4 against Caroline
The Falcons opened the 2012 season looking to advance to the next stage after back-to-back playoff seasons each ended in unique ways. They got off to a good start, routing the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 1, intercepting Peyton Manning three times and outlasting the Broncos in Week 2 and choking the Chargers in Week 3. The team has entered his Week 3 game with the Carolina Panthers on the high of those impressive wins. Like many divisional contests, this one would prove tight. The game saw four lead changes in the first three quarters and would feature two more in the fourth.
The Panthers held the Falcons to a basket with just under five minutes left in the fourth and it looked like Carolina would hand Atlanta its first loss of the season, bleeding the clock inside the two-time warning. minutes. Things looked bleak for Atlanta, but John Abraham stopped Cam Newton before first down on a third-and-second play, better yet, he forced Newton to fumble as well. The Panthers recovered the fumble but were forced to punt. Carolina did everything they could to keep the Falcons at bay, knocking the ball down at the 1-yard line with just 59 seconds left. On the Falcons’ first game, Ryan fell back in the middle of the end zone and kicked a ball into midfield, White jumped over Haruki Nakamura to fire the ball towards the Panthers 40. Two short passes later, Bryant ran down the field, shook off an icing attempt and calmly sent a 40-yard field goal through the uprights as time expired to carry Atlanta to a 30-28 victory.