"It was a huge win for us in my hometown of Atlanta, against a great team", Jones said.
The Miami Dolphins - feeling like they lost last week after a win over Tennessee - looked like a defeated team for almost three quarters on Sunday.
The Falcons scored on three of their first four drives and jumped out to a 17-0 lead.
Marvin Hall, elevated from the practice squad Saturday, hauled in a 40-yard bomb from Ryan late in the first quarter for his first National Football League catch after Matt Bryant's 50-yard field goal on Atlanta's first possession. Cutler threw a pair of second half touchdowns and led the Dolphins on four consecutive scoring drives. "Just a pretty inconsistent game for us", Matt Ryan said after the loss.
That came from Reshad Jones who sealed the game with an interception of Matt Ryan with less than 50 seconds to play.
The Falcons (3-2) appeared headed for an easy victory, especially against a team that had scored only three offensive touchdowns all season.
Wow, this felt like the Dolphins version of the Super Bowl comeback by the New England Patriots. RB Brian Hill, a fifth-round draft choice, was waived by the Falcons to clear a roster spot for WR Marvin Hall. "A couple of things that, overall as an offense, that we did some things really well, and then we did a few things where we probably got away with it, where Jay (Cutler) got rid of the ball and Jarvis (Landry) happened to be looking and they made a big play where it probably could have been bad".
Jay Cutler and the Miami Dolphins finally generated some offense. It gave the Dolphins a short field while trailing 17-7.
When the Falcons are hitting on big plays downfield, the run game is usually clicking and the play action is working. Atlanta was held scoreless in the second half by an energized Miami defense. But defensive tackle Grady Jarrett was called for roughing the passer.
Cutler finished 19 of 33 for 15 yards and two touchdown passes.
The Falcons have been outscored 72-40 after halftime this season.
"Tank made a great play", Jones said. The Dolphins were able to knee it out with 38 seconds remaining for the 20-17 win. Being on the wrong end of the most infamous blown lead in Super Bowl history will do that to you.
"You can't replay the game that was played in the Super Bowl, but what we can do is control what we have now", Quinn said. "For us to be the team we can be, we've got to be more consistent".
POUNCEY HURT: Miami center Mike Pouncey did not return after leaving the game in the second quarter to be evaluated for a possible concussion.