December 18, 2016, ATLANTA: Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan completes a pass against the 49ers during the first half in an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton/

Ryan lauds line for strong blocking

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had high-praise for his offensive line after not getting touched in the 41-13 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

“I didn’t really get hit today,” Ryan said. “Our offensive line did such a really good job today, I didn’t really get hit the entire day. When you have days like that especially at this time of the year, they are always nice.”

Ryan was efficient as he completed 17 of 23 passes for 282 yards and two touchdowns before being relieved by Matt Schaub in the fourth quarter. The 49ers did have one sack and three quarterback hits.

“I think it was probably the first time in my career that I hadn’t played in the end of two games in a row,” Ryan said. “That’s a good trend. That doesn’t happen very often.”

The offense was powered by the ground game and the Falcons rushed for a season-high 248 yards and three touchdowns.

“Anytime you can get the run game going, that’s always an objective for us, week-in and week-out, is to try and run the football,” Ryan said. “We were certainly successful with that today.”

Wide Receiver Aldrick Robinson had four catches for 111 yards as the Falcons played their second straight game without All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones.

Running backs Devonta Freeman, Tevin Coleman and Terron Ward all broke runs of at least 29 yards or longer.

“I thought our running backs did an awesome job across the board,” Ryan said. “Devonta added another three touchdowns, but it all starts up front for us. Our offensive line is kind of the catalyst to get us going. I thought our offensive line played extremely well today.”

The Falcon now must get ready to face Carolina on Saturday.

“We’ve played on much shorter notice that this with the Thursday game,” Ryan said. “We have one less day, one less off day than we’d normally have. I don’t think that will affect our preparation at all.”

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