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Matt Ryan slides out of the way of Nick Fairley

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The Atlanta Falcons defeated their divisional rivals the New Orleans Saints by a scoreline of 45-32 when the two met on Monday night at the Superdome.

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had another good week to continue his fantastic start to the 2016 season completing 20 of his 30 passing attempts for 240 yards and two touchdowns, helping his team move to a 2-1 record on the year so far and first place in the NFC South.

However, while Matty Ice didn't make many errors on the night, he almost made one late in the fourth quarter which might have cost Atlanta dearly this season if things ended badly for him.


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During a running play to wind down the clock towards the two-minute warning in the fourth, Ryan handed the ball off to running back Devonta Freeman for a 16-yard run and an important first down which pretty much confirmed the victory for the Falcons.

As Freeman was running towards the line of scrimmage on the right-hand side, he had to reverse to the left due to a blockage of players in front of him, stopping him from reaching the first down marker. This was when the Atlanta quarterback nearly made a huge error.

The Falcons running back had little blockers ahead of him to help get towards the first down marker except for, you've guessed it, Matt Ryan. The quarterback almost decided to take the matter into his own hands by attempting to block the six foot four, 308 pound Saints defensive tackle Nick Fairley, to which he immediately regretted and slipped out of the way.

Still, Freeman managed to get the first down without his block, and the Falcons went on to win the game. Atlanta is probably glad their gunslinger decided to move out of the way on that play, rather than trying to block Fairley and possibly risk injury.

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