The Falcons actually won.
So, beyond everything else (see below), the Falcons left Minnesota Sunday without losing to the Vikings, which was huge enough.
The fact that the final score was 40-23, well, that made things sweeter for a Falcons team that started the season 0-5 in the ugliest of ways.
Here's a quick review . . .
Somehow, courtesy of an invisible secondary, the Falcons made the great Russell Wilson look even greater while losing their season opener to the Seattle Seahawks.
Then came those fourth-quarter collapses in consecutive weeks to the Dallas Cowboys and the Chicago Bears, and get this: Never in the NFL's 101-year history had a team ever blown fourth-quarter leads of 15 points or more in the same season.
Until the Falcons did so.
In those back-to-back games.
After that, the Falcons were clobbered on Monday night in Green Bay.
But along came the Vikings, and Matt Ryan put talk of his decline on hold as a 35-year-old NFL quarterback by passing for 371 yards and four touchdowns.
Julio Jones also was his vintage self. He ignored his season-long aches and pains to catch eight passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns.
The big story for the Falcons was their defense, though. It's been brutal all year, but Falcons defenders used a goal-line stand to keep Minnesota from scoring, and they intercepted Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins three times.
That said, folks need to put this Falcons victory into perspective.
See today's Saving The Falcons video.