ATLANTA -- It's been a while.
It certainly hadn't happen yet this season until Sunday, and there weren't too many times for Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan to live up to his nickname last season.
But at the Georgia Dome against the Green Bay Packers (4-3), "Matty Ice" was able to do what he's done so many times in his career: drive down field with a tight deadline and win the game. Oh, and make it look effortless.
Ryan threw nine passes in the final drive of the game that started at the Falcons (5-3) own 25 with roughly three minutes left. He found Mohamed Sanu from 11 yards out in the end zone to tie the game at 32. Matt Bryant kicked the extra point, and the defense got one more stop to hold on to the 33-32 victory.
It sure was icy in the Dome.
"They don't call him 'Matty Ice' for nothing. I mean, the guy's got ice in his veins. He just goes out there and executes," Sanu said after the game. "That mindset that your leader is focused and locked in, everybody locks in and does their job."
"I thought Matt managed the game terrifically today," head coach Dan Quinn said after the game. "There's a look in his eyes...his teammates respond to him because of his attitude that he displays for them all the time. It's a very tight group, these guys are. And they just love playing football for one another."
Ryan threw 28 passes for 288 yards and three touchdowns in the game. The Packers defense double-teamed Julio Jones, the NFL's leading receiver, throughout the game. That allowed Ryan to find seven other receivers to make plays, including Taylor Gabriel and Devonta Freeman, each with touchdown receptions.
Sanu finished with eight catches for 84 yards. Gabriel had three catches for 68 yards.
Thanks to Ryan, the Falcons were able to stop a two-game losing skid and win their first game against the Packers after losing four-straight.
"Getting out of your normal concentration doesn't help," Ryan said. "So I just remain that way all the time, very calm and focused on getting that next completion, getting the next first down and that's the message I give those guys before I get out. In that situation, don't worry about the touchdown play. Just get the next first down and get the sticks moving."