Falcons kicker Matt Bryant discusses his philosophy on game-winning kicks. Video by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Bryant is the Ice Man II

Falcons kicker Matt Bryant made a 51-yard field goal to tie the game at 34 as time expired in the fourth quarter.

He then made a 52-yard game winner in overtime. Bryant’s overtime kick was the 17th game winner of his career and his eighth as a Falcon.

“When I go out there to kick an extra point, in my head it might be a 50-yarder because if I can do everything the same, then I can just repeat it and it will always be the same,” Bryant said. “That’s my approach to every kick, just try to kick it the same.”

It was also his second-longest game-winning kick since joining the Falcons.

“We have two Ice Men,” said wide receiver Harry Douglas, referring to the kicker and the quarterback Matt “Matty Ice” Ryan.

Since joining the Falcons in 2009, Bryant has connected on 13 of 16 field goals of 50 yards-or-longer.

“I can’t say enough about our kicker,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “If that guy doesn’t do it at the end of regulation and there in the overtime, kick the ball from 50 plus yards, it’s going to be a different outcome. It was a great handle by the holder, the snap by the snapper and our guy just put it through the pipes.”

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