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Falcons Notes: Robinson fined for hit

NFL fines Robinson $40,000 for hit on Maclin
The NFL has fined Atlanta Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson $40,000 for his hit on Philadelphia wide receiver Jeremy Maclin that drew a 15-yard penalty in Sunday night's game.

The league did not suspend Robinson even though it has said flagrant hits like the one he put on Maclin could lead to such action. Robinson is a repeat offender, having been fined last year for a similar hit on the Eagles' DeSean Jackson that left both players with concussions.

Robinson drew a penalty for unnecessary roughness with 6:12 remaining in the third quarter after leading with his helmet and crashing into Maclin. Maclin was slow to leave the field but returned to the game.

The league said Monday that Robinson violated player safety rules.

Robinson can appeal the fine.

'Tough Irishman' Matt Ryan draws praise from Smith
Mike Smith calls Matt Ryan a "tough Irishman."

The Falcons coach also calls his quarterback a fourth-quarter winner.

Ryan, pounded sacked by Philadelphia's defense, set a career high with four touchdown passes while rallying the Falcons to a 35-31 win over Philadelphia on Sunday night.

The Falcons, who play at Tampa Bay this week, trailed 31-21 after three quarters. Ryan was sharp in the final quarter, completing 8 of 10 passes.

Ryan, in his fourth season, has led 14 game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime.

On Monday, Smith said Ryan's fourth-quarter performance against the Eagles may have been his best as he led Atlanta to the pivotal win following an ugly opening loss at Chicago.

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