ATLANTA — Matt Ryan’s late-game magic, missing the past two games in narrow losses by the Atlanta Falcons, resurfaced Sunday.
Ryan hit Mohamed Sanu in the end zone for an 11-yard touchdown with 31 seconds remaining, and Matt Bryant’s extra point gave the Falcons a 33-32 victory over the Green Bay Packers.
The Falcons drove 75 yards in 11 plays after the Packers went ahead with just under four minutes left on a 7-yard TD pass from Aaron Rodgers to Jeff Janus and Rodgers’ two-point conversion run.
Ryan completed 28 of 35 passes for 288 yards and three touchdowns as the Falcons (5-3) ended a four-game, head-to-head losing streak to the Packers (4-3).
Rodgers was 28 of 38 for 246 yards and four touchdowns, and he also ran for a team-best 60 yards on six scrambles. He couldn’t get the Packers within range for a field-goal attempt in the final seconds, though.
Neither quarterback was intercepted, and Ryan extended his NFL record for consecutive games with more than 200 yards passing to 47.
It was a game of long drives, the Packers going 86 yards on 13 plays in the fourth quarter to take the lead after the Falcons went 80 yards in 14 plays to go up 26-24 in the third quarter, that march climaxed by Devonta Freeman’s 1-yard TD run.
The Packers led 24-19 at intermission. Rodgers completed 17 of 21 passes for 170 yards and three touchdowns before the break. He also scrambled 23 yards to spark a quick-strike drive that resulted in Mason Crosby’s 29-yard field goal on the last play of the half.
The Falcons failed on a two-point attempt after Ryan’s 5-yard TD pass to Freeman with 27 seconds remaining in the second quarter, but they left enough time for the Packers to add to their lead.
Rodgers’ first-half TD passes covered 5 yards to Jordy Nelson, 4 yards to Geronimo Allison and 9 yards to Trevor Davis, who set up the score with a 55-yard punt return.
Ryan was 16 of 20 for 183 yards and two TDs in the first half, with the Falcons’ opening score coming on a 47-yard bomb to Taylor Gabriel.
Bryant kicked field goals of 36 and 40 yards in the first half, breaking the Falcons record of 806 career points set by Morten Andersen during his two stints with the team.
NOTES: The Falcons lost TE Jacob Tamme to a shoulder injury on their opening possession. He was hurt when tackled after a 13-yard reception, his second catch. … The Packers were without LB Clay Matthews (hamstring), WR Randall Cobb (hamstring) and WR/RB Ty Montgomery (illness). All had been listed as questionable on the injury report. … CBs Quinten Rollins (groin) and Damarious Randall (groin), RB James Starks (knee) and TE Jared Cook (ankle) were previously declared out by the Packers. … The Falcons were without RB Tevin Coleman (hamstring). … Non-injury inactives for the Falcons included CB Jalen Collins and DT Ra’Shede Hageman, both former second-round draft picks. … It was the first of four road games in five weeks for the Packers, who were coming off four straight home games. … The Packers were the second straight Falcons opponent to have 10 days off before the game. … The Falcons have a short week coming up, as they play at Tampa Bay on Thursday.