Falcons D gets tough vs. Jets (Getty)
The weather outside was frightful and so was the play on the field, but Atlanta came up big when it counted and got a late touchdown to beat the Jets in the Meadowlands, 10-7 to keep their slim playoff hopes alive...
Falcons QB Matt Ryan, returning from a turf toe injury that kept him out the past three weeks, hit TE Tony Gonzalez from six yards out on fourth down to give Atlanta a 10-7 lead and DB Brent Grimes was able to pick off Jets QB Mark Sanchez to seal the win.
It was a horrible day for the offenses on the field as the Jets put up 316 total yards to the Falcons' 238, but it was Ryan and his teammates who converted key first downs on their game-winning, 11-play, 57-yard drive when Ryan found Gonzalez on 4th-and-goal from the six.
Falcons K Matt Bryant missed a 48-yard attempt early in the fourth quarter while Jets K Jay Feeley had a 38-yard attempt blocked on the following series.
Ryan completed less than 50% of his passes, going 16 of 34, and he only threw for 152 yards, but he had the big touchdown to Gonzalez and generally seemed to manage the game well.
While RB Michael Turner did return, he only carried the ball one time for seven yards while his backup, Jason Snelling had 16 carries for 59 tough yards.
On defense, Mike Peterson led both teams with 13 tackles while Curtis Lofton notched 10 and DE John Abraham and DT Thomas Johnson both recorded sacks.
Grimes had two picks while S Thomas DeCoud added one as well.
The Falcons, now 7-7, will head home to take on Buffalo next week as they continue to work toward their second-straight winning season as well as keeping their slim playoff hopes alive.