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Ryan throws for 448 yards, Bryant kicks 2 long field goals as Falcons beat Saints 37-34 in OT

  • New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (22) scores a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (22) scores a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)  (The Associated Press)

  • New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas (23) moves against Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker Paul Worrilow (55) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas (23) moves against Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker Paul Worrilow (55) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)  (The Associated Press)

  • Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) moves out of the pocket against the New Orleans Saints during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) moves out of the pocket against the New Orleans Saints during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)  (The Associated Press)

Matt Bryant kicked a 51-yarder field goal on the final play of regulation, then booted a 52-yarder in overtime to give the Atlanta Falcons a 37-34 victory over the New Orleans Saints.

In another thriller between the NFC South rivals Sunday, Matt Ryan threw for a franchise-record 448 yards, leading the Falcons to just their fourth victory over the Saints in the last 17 meetings. This one was particularly sweet for Atlanta coming off a miserable 4-12 season, its first losing campaign since 2007.

The teams combined for 17 points in the final 2:50 of the fourth quarter to force overtime. The Saints got the ball first, but Marques Colston fumbled after catching a pass over the middle. The Falcons recovered at the Saints 38; after three plays gained only 4 yards, Bryant booted through another long field goal.

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