Quarterback Matt Ryan woke up Tuesday morning with one thing on his mind: His Atlanta Falcons remain in first place in the NFC South, even after a gut-wrenching loss to the Cleveland Browns.

"As ugly as it's been, we're still in the driver's seat," Ryan said Tuesday during his weekly radio show on Atlanta's 680 The Fan.

The Falcons and New Orleans sit atop the NFC South at 4-7 after the Saints' loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night. Atlanta, which is 4-0 in the division, currently holds the tiebreaker because of a season-opening, 37-34 overtime win over the rival Saints.

This marks the first time in NFL history any division leader has been three games below .500.

On the contrary, the AFC has 11 teams with winning records, the most from one conference through 11 games in a season in league history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

"You never know how it's going to shake out," Ryan said. "Obviously this year has been way different than any other I've been a part of, but it is what it is. Here we are, with five games to go. We've just got to do whatever we can to get the job done this weekend and stay on top."

If the Falcons truly control their own destiny, as Ryan believes, they will have to beat some tough teams in the process. Next up are the 9-2 Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, a team Ryan threw nine interceptions against the previous two seasons.