Quarterback Matt Ryan matched his personal record of four touchdown passes in a game, with two of the scoring passes going to wide receiver Roddy White, while leading the visiting Atlanta Falcons to a 31-18 win over the Detroit Lions Saturday night in the 16th week of National Football League action.

The dominating win by the Falcons eclipsed the performance of Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who broke legendary receiver Jerry Rice's regular season receiving record of 1,848 yards.

Johnson, who is the first player to have 100 receiving yards in eight consecutive games, now has 1,892 yards for the season.

The win clinched the home-field advantage for the Falcons (13-2) in the National Football Conference playoffs as the NFC South champs.

Ryan completed 25 of 32 passes for 279 yards, with four touchdown passes, including a 44-yard scoring pass to White in the 1st quarter and a 39-yard TD to White in the 2nd quarter.

The Falcons QB, who did not throw any picks, also connected with wideout Julio Jones for a 16-yard TD in the 2nd quarter and with tight end Michael Palmer on a 1-yard score in the 4th quarter.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford finished with 37 completions on 56 attempts for 443 yards, with one interception for the Lions (4-11). EFE