Saturday Night Football Recap: Atlanta Falcons 31 – Detroit Lions 18

Atlanta Falcons v Detroit Lions
Atlanta Falcons v Detroit Lions

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In a 31-18 victory over the Lions Saturday night, the Falcons clinched home-field advantage in the NFC. Atlanta’s offense picked up right where they left off last week and led 21-6 going into the half. The Lions fought back in the third quarter, closing the gap with a 1-yard TD run by Mikel Leshoure. Detroit then added a field goal in the fourth quarter, after which Matt Ryan led the Falcons on a long touchdown drive to essentially ice the game. The two teams combined for over 850 yards of offense, helping a lot of fantasy owners get off to a good start this week.

Fantasy Factors:

Calvin Johnson

Johnson had another unbelievable night, breaking Jerry Rice’s record for most receiving yards in a season. Even though he fumbled and didn’t score a touchdown, Johnson still put up an impressive 20 points in standard leagues with his 225 yards receiving. Plus, he caught 11 passes, huge for PPR leagues. In addition to breaking Rice’s record, Johnson also set a record with his eighth-straight game going over 100 yards, and tied the record for 11 such games this season. He’ll have a chance to break the 2,000 mark next week, and should find himself in second or third place for the most receptions in a season (depending on what Brandon Marshall does these last two games).

Matt Ryan

Ryan had one of his best games of the season, throwing for four touchdown passes and 279 yards. He also added 25 rushing yards for good measure, giving him a total of 29 points in standard leagues. Ryan has truly had a career year, both on the field, and in fantasy.

Roddy White

White was the early recipient of two touchdowns from Ryan, and he went on to tally 153 yards. His 27 points led the way for all receivers in the game, and he’ll likely stay at the top spot after Sunday’s games.

Julio Jones

While White was the star, Jones still had a very productive night, catching seven passes for 71 yards and a score. The is only the second time the duo has scored in the same game, as this time Tony Gonzalez was the odd man out.

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