NFL notebook: 'Matty Ice' directs 21st career late-game comeback

2012-11-26T00:00:00Z NFL notebook: 'Matty Ice' directs 21st career late-game comebackThe Associated Press The Associated Press
November 26, 2012 12:00 am  • 

TAMPA, Fla. - No one has led more late game-winning drives during the past five seasons than Matt Ryan, and the Atlanta quarterback did it again with his fifth one this season.

"Matty Ice" threw for 353 yards and overcame two critical turnovers in a 24-23 victory over Tampa Bay on Sunday as the Falcons (10-1) stayed tied with Houston for the NFL's best record. Ryan led a six-play, 64-yard TD march that put Atlanta ahead for good with 7:55 left.

"The last drive, that's something we've done before this season," tight end Tony Gonzalez said.

Ryan has 21 game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime since entering the league in 2008 - four against Tampa Bay.

No more Jets' cheers

NEW YORK - Fireman Ed is hanging up his helmet.

In a guest newspaper column, New York Jets fan Ed Anzalone said he will no longer lead the "J-E-T-S!" chants at home games or wear his firefighter's hat because "confrontations" between him and other fans "have become more common," given the Jets are 4-7.

Injuries

• Browns rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden sustained a concussion in the final minutes of Cleveland's win over Pittsburgh.

• Bears WR and return specialist Devin Hester left the game against Minnesota with a concussion, and running back Matt Forte hobbled off with an ankle injury. The Bears also lost guards Lance Louis and Chris Spencer (knee sprains).

• Pittsburgh lost linebacker LaMarr Woodley with a left ankle injury.

• The Falcons lost starting cornerbacks Asante Samuel (shoulder) and Dunta Robinson (head).

Brawl

Bengals tackle Andrew Whitworth saw his quarterback get hit after the whistle and went after the guy who brought him down, touching off a scrum that ended with three ejections in the Bengals' win over Oakland.

Whitworth and Oakland linemen Lamarr Houston and Tommy Kelly face significant fines for their ejection during the final quarter.

Sloppy Steelers

Pittsburgh committed eight turnovers, the most in the NFL since 2001, including three interceptions by third-string QB Charlie Batch in a loss to Cleveland.

Milestones

• In a victory over Kansas City, QB Peyton Manning broke a tie with his boss and Broncos vice president John Elway with his 149th win as a starting quarterback, trailing only Brett Favre (186) for most in NFL history.

• Colts receiver Reggie Wayne broke Cris Carter's NFL record for most consecutive games with multiple catches. Wayne's streak is now at 59.

He said it

"Check down, Hey Diddle Diddle, Ray Rice up the middle." - Baltimore's Ray Rice, describing the play call on his fourth-and-29 run for a first down in the fourth quarter that helped lead the Ravens to a 16-13 overtime win at San Diego.

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