SEATTLE — Matt Ryan threw a pair of touchdown passes, Adrian Clayborn returned a fumble 10 yards for a score and the Atlanta Falcons held off a late rally to beat the Seattle Seahawks 34-31 on Monday night.

Atlanta stayed in the hunt for an NFC playoff spot thanks to its second straight victory and handed Seattle a second consecutive home loss. Ryan threw TDs to Mohamed Sanu and Levine Toilolo, while Tevin Coleman added a 1-yard TD run on Atlanta’s opening possession. But it was Clayborn’s fumble return that helped break the game open early in the second quarter, giving Atlanta a 21-7 lead.

Russell Wilson hit Doug Baldwin for a 29-yard TD with about three minutes left, and Seattle had a chance to tie in the closing moments, but Blair Walsh’s 52-yard field-goal try with 2 seconds remaining came up short.


DOLPHINS: Jay Cutler’s availability for Sunday’s game at New England is uncertain because he’s in concussion protocol, but he’s expected to start if healthy.

Coach Adam Gase says Cutler remains his No. 1 quarterback even though Matt Moore came off the bench to throw for 282 yards in the second half of Sunday’s 30-20 loss to Tampa Bay.

BILLS: Coach Sean McDermott isn’t going to be rushed into choosing a starting quarterback a day after his decision to go with rookie Nathan Peterman backfired.

McDermott said he’s still evaluating whether to give Peterman another start or return to Tyrod Taylor for Buffalo’s next game at Kansas City.

Peterman unraveled in a 54-24 loss at the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, throwing five interceptions in the first half before being replaced by Taylor with the Bills down 40-7.

Buffalo (5-5) has lost three straight, and McDermott has been roundly criticized for taking what he called “a calculated risk” to switch starters while his team is in the playoff race.

BRONCOS: Denver fired offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and replaced him with quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave.

Klint Kubiak will take over as quarterbacks coach while Musgrave calls plays for the final six weeks of a soured season that began with promise. The Broncos (3-7) are mired in a six-game losing streak – their longest in a single season since 1990.

BEARS: Chicago waived kicker Connor Barth after he missed a late 46-yard field goal in a 27-24 loss to Detroit, and signed former Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos.

WASHINGTON: Wide receiver Terrelle Pryor is going on injured reserve after having ankle surgery, ending his first season with the team.

Coach Jay Gruden also said that running back Chris Thompson will have surgery on his broken leg, as expected.

SAINTS: Defensive end Alex Okafor will miss the rest of the season after tearing his Achilles tendon during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s comeback victory over Washington.

TEXANS: Coach Bill O’Brien said he doesn’t expect running back D’Onta Foreman to play again this season because of a left ankle injury.

PANTHERS: Tight end Greg Olsen and center Ryan Kalil, who have played only two games this season, returned to practice and could play Sunday against the New York Jets.

COLTS: Quarterback Jacoby Brissett remains in concussion protocol, but Coach Chuck Pagano expects him to play Sunday against Tennessee.

BROWNS: Defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah needs surgery on his broken right foot and will require up to four months of recovery.

STEELERS: The NFL suspended right tackle Marcus Gilbert four games for violating the league’s performance-enhancers policy.