Matt Ryan on Jags' pass rush, winning at home, winning drive vs. 49ers

Another week, another dominant defensive line Matt Ryan will have to face.

After a strong performance against the 49ers who are loaded with players who can disrupt the quarterback, Ryan and Atlanta's offensive line will need a similar effort on Sunday against the Jaguars.


Jacksonville ranks No. 5 in the league in sacks with 43 on the year. Rookie defensive end Josh Allen leads the way with 10.

Calais Campbell, who is headed to his third-straight Pro Bowl, is right in the center of the Jags' success up front. Campbell has 6.5 sacks, 10 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles.

Ryan said this game will come down to Atlanta's ability to negate Jacksonville's pass rush.

"The No. 1 thing for us offensively is handling their defensive line," Ryan said. "I think they're extremely productive. They have some talented players, we've got to slow down and neutralize their pass rush and try and extend drives and wear them down a little bit. They're very good up front."

Importance of winning final home game

The Falcons have won just two games at home this season and as they play their final game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Ryan and coach Dan Quinn said they are hoping to put together a performance fans will be proud of.

"When you're not winning, it's not that exciting," Ryan said of playing in front of a lot of open sets. "We have to do our part. I've always said as players, when we get it rolling, our stadium can get going, for sure. It's been disappointing we haven't been as good as I think we're capable of being, but we're playing better right now. Hopefully we can give the folks who are there something to cheer about."

Leading game-winning drive vs. 49ers

Ryan led the Falcons to their fifth win of the season with an impressive game-winning drive to put the Falcons up 23-22 with two seconds left in the game. Ryan found Julio Jones for a five-yard touchdown score and the Falcons left California with a win over the top-seeded NFC team at the time.

"It was fun to be a part of it," Ryan said. "The biggest thing in those situations is everybody is calm and going out there and having the belief that you're going to do it and just doing your job. On the last play, it's not rocket science, you have to get in. So, we have to get all five guys who are eligible into the end zone and Julio did a great job with that."

During the 2012 season, Matt Ryan led six fourth-quarter comebacks.

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