Falcons top Lions 31-18 for home-field advantage

Falcons top Lions 31-18 for home-field advantage
December 22, 2012, 11:43 pm
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Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan looks to throw during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

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DETROIT (AP) The Atlanta Falcons have earned home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.

Matt Ryan matched a career high with four touchdown passes, two to Roddy White, and the Falcons led from start to finish in a 31-18 victory over the Detroit Lions on Saturday night.

The Falcons (13-2) pulled away with Ryan's fourth TD pass to wide-open tight end Michael Palmer in the fourth quarter and Matt Bryant's 20-yard field goal with 3:05 left that gave them a 15-point lead.

Detroit (4-11) dropped its seventh straight game.

Lions receiver Calvin Johnson broke Jerry Rice's NFL single-season yards receiving mark of 1,848. He also became the first player with 100 yards receiving in eight straight games and the first with 10 receptions in four games in a row.

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