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"(The Bears) went down there and scored on us, and it looked like we were just going to give it away," Elam said. "We were able to, fortunately, get back in that one, and I know that they probably went home just really deflated and feeling like they gave that one away."
Elam has made more significant field goals -- he was 2 of 4 in Denver's Super Bowl win in 1999 -- but he never would've had a chance to beat the Bears last year if not for Ryan and Michael Jenkins.
Connecting with Ryan on an "out route" pattern that resulted in a 26-yard completion, Jenkins kept both feet in bounds along the Atlanta sideline to stop the clock with 1 second remaining.
Ryan, locked into his game plan for this week, hasn't forgotten the throw and catch.
"Last year?" he said. "Yeah, you have to believe that in those situations that you're going to make the play. I felt like it was a good call, and we got it done."
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