For many watching the Atlanta Falcons versus the Detroit Lions, it looked like Falcons’ quarterback Matt Ryan’s day was over for sure, maybe even his season, when he went down with a knee injury in the third quarter. Ryan’s offensive tackle stepped on his foot, pushing the quarterback’s leg backwards. Ryan went down in pain, but did manage to limp off the field and into the locker room for further evaluation.
Apparently, everything checked out with Ryan because he was back on the field after one Atlanta defensive series, looking no worse for wear.
Ryan led the Falcons down the field on his returning drive. The highlight was a 49-yard deep pass to Harry Douglas, filling in for the injured Julio Jones, that put the Falcons on the Lions’ 29-yard line. The drive stalled out from there, but Atlanta did manage to kick a field goal which extended their lead over Detroit to 20-9.