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Falcons' Ryan aiming to bounce back from five-interception game

By D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Published: November 23, 2012

On the fourth, linebacker Daryl Washington undercut White's route and made a play. The Washington interception was the one that Ryan was most furious about.

The fifth interception came when Ryan's pass bounced high into the air off of Arizona tackle Dan Williams' helmet.

Ryan just tried to battle through the tough day.

While Ryan nearly blew a gasket after the fourth interception, several players maintained that he remained composed.

“There are a lot of hats you wear as quarterback,” Ryan said. “Part of it is player, and part of it is keeping everybody on the same page and being relaxed.” The win went against several long-standing notions about turnovers and losing. Smith had the research staff up late trying to figure out how the Falcons won with so many turnovers.

“You can't turn the ball over six times (the Falcons also had a fumble) in a football game and win,” Smith said. “Statistically, the chances of that happening are two or three percent. In fact, since 2003 there's been 61 games (with a) five-or-more turnover advantage to one team, and only two times did the team win that was on the wrong side of that ratio” Ryan, who has a 2-2 record in games at Tampa Bay, doesn't want a repeat performance.

“I'm just glad that we still won,” Ryan said. “As a quarterback you don't ever want to have those kinds of games, but they happen. It's just about how you respond to that and what you keep doing.” Note: To help buttress the offensive line, the Falcons signed guard Harland Gunn off the New Orleans Saints' practice squad Tuesday. The team was concerned about their depth after center/guard Joe Hawley was suspended for four games by the league Monday.

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