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Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons can win in any style

The Atlanta Falcons have won blowouts on the road and at home. They have won close games at home and on the road.

More than anything, the Falcons just keeping winning. Their 24-17 victory in Washington was another sign this Atlanta team can win any style of game on any surface.

The Falcons are a dome team that's now 3-0 outside on grass this year. They are in position to run away with the NFC South.

Sure, the Redskins aren't exactly a great squad. They haven't won a home game in more than a year. And Atlanta's passing game wasn't in sync for much of the day as receivers dropped passes and quarterback Matt Ryan missed a few chances to make a big play. When the Falcons absolutely needed drives late in the game, though, "The Mattural" delivered.

The Falcons scored 17 points in the final quarter to put this contest away. Robert Griffin III's injury didn't hurt Atlanta's chances, but the Falcons were setting themselves up well all game by dominating time of possession. The Redskins' defense finally gave way, and the Falcons' defense finished things off by intercepting Griffin's replacement, Kirk Cousins.

Julio Jones dominated Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson late in the game. Ageless tight end Tony Gonzalez caught 13 passes to keep the chains moving.

This wasn't a flawless effort, but the Falcons controlled a game on the road. They deserved to win. They deserve to be 5-0 and early favorites for a bye in the NFC playoffs.

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