After the Dolphins went ahead for the first time all game on Cody Parkey's 38-yard field goal with 2½ minutes remaining, Ryan completed five passes for 61 yards to take the Falcons to the Miami 26.
There were signs of life for Miami though, as Jay Ajayi was having his best half of the season and the defense was limiting the Falcons high-powered offense. That's when all that energy and flawless execution the Falcons had shown in the opening half after last weekend's open date disappeared.
Atlanta got its 17 points on Marvin Hal'sl touchdown reception from Matt Ryan, a Tevin Coleman run and a Matt Bryant field goal.
BREAKOUT FOR AJAYI: Miami's Jay Ajayi had 26 carries for 130 yards, averaging 5 yards per carry. "It totally bums you out". Fandom in the National Football League is serious business, but if you're skipping your own son's game just so you can go to a game, you can be disappointed with the result but it's certainly not the players' fault that you missed out on your family life when you're the one making the decisions. All of the Falcons stood for the national anthem.
"He's 100 percent our guy", Quinn said.
It was second straight home loss for the Falcons (3-2), who play at New England next Sunday.
"It was by design", Quinn said.
But that energy was nowhere to be found in the final half, much as it disappeared against in a 23-17 loss to Buffalo two weeks ago.
The Miami Dolphins may have turned their season around on Sunday in Atlanta.
This time the Falcons entered their locker room at halftime as Superman only to exit as Clark Kent. We put together two good drives in the Tennessee game.
The Falcons (3-2) appeared headed for an easy victory, especially against a team that had scored only three offensive touchdowns all season.
The Falcons blew a 28-3 lead in Super Bowl LI, and the Patriots won in overtime for Tom Brady's fifth Super Bowl title.
But they've promised - each and every one of them, at all times - that those nightmares and that collapse are behind them. I thought it was a vintage game for him, in terms of the aggressiveness when he goes to catch it.
Of course, the most glaring of those losses was the Super Bowl, something the Falcons will have to hear about all week in preparation for Sunday night's rematch with the Patriots (4-2). But they also are, at least for now, a team whose whole appears to be weaker than the sum of its considerably talented parts. O-line perseveres: The Dolphins scored all of their points in the second half with second-year player Jake Brendel playing at center. They're a long way from worrying about a return to the playoffs. If ever there is a chance for this team to perform its own exorcism, this is its chance - perhaps its only chance for a clean break from these haunted and hurtful past nine months.
Safety Ricardo Allen said it's time to do some soul-searching.
"I understood we were in field goal range to tie the game".
"This was a huge win for us", said Jones, an eight-year veteran who played at the University of Georgia and is an Atlanta native.
"It's tough", Beasley said.