Selected as a first round (3rd pick overall) draft choice by Atlanta in 2008. Signed a five-year contract extension on July 25, 2013.
Completed 407-of-614 pass attempts (66.3 percent) for 4,591 yards with 21 touchdowns, 16 interceptions, and an 89.0 quarterback rating. Became one of four passers to throw for 4,000 yards in each of the last five seasons. Also eclipsed 200 career touchdown passes. Completed 23-of-34 pass attempts for 298 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions while posting a 90.1 passer rating in Atlanta’s season opening win against Philadelphia (9/14). Completed 30-of-46 pass attempts for 363 yards with one touchdown and a 96.6 passer rating at New York (9/20). Led the Falcons on a game-winning drive in the fourth quarter (or overtime) for the 28th time in his career and ecplised the 300-yard mark for the 31st time. Completed 24-of-36 pass attempts for 285 yards with two touchdowns and a 109.1 passer rating. Led the offense to 25 straight points, including 14 in the fourth quarter to seal a third straight come-from-behind win.
Completed 19-of-27 passes for 256 yards with one touchdown and a 112.6 passer rating against Houston (10/4). He completed at least 70 percent of his passes for the 32nd time in his career. Completed 24-of-42 passes for 254 yards against Washington (10/11). Led the offense on a 10-play, 80-yard drive with 2:38 seconds remaining in regulation to give the Falcons a 19-16 lead. Threw for 295 yards on 30-of-44 passing with two touchdowns and a 102.0 passer rating at New Orleans (10/15). Completed 22-of-38 pass attempts for 251 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions at Tennessee (10/25). Became the fifth fastest QB to pass for 30,000 yards, accomplishing the feat in his 117th game - Kurt Warner (114 games), Dan Marino (114 games), Peyton Manning (115 games), and Aaron Rodgers (116 games). Completed 37-of-45 pass attempts for a season-high 397 yards with two touchdowns and a 109.0 passer rating against Tampa Bay (11/1). Capped a five-play, 40-yard drive with an eight-yard TD pass to Julio Jones to send the game to overtime. Completed 22-of-35 passes for 246 yards with one touchdown and one interception while posting an 81.4 QB rating at Jacksonville (12/20). Tossed his 199th career touchdown pass, tying him with Phil Simms for 39th all-time. Delivered one of his best performances of the season against Carolina (12/27). Completed a season-high 76.7 percent of his passes (23-of-30) for 306 yards with one touchdown and a 119.6 passer rating - his highest QB rating of the season.
In eight seasons, has completed 2,915 of 4,530 (64.3 percent) for 32,757 yards and 202 touchdowns while posting a 90.9 passer rating. Owns franchise records for career passing yards (28,166), career pass attempts (3,916), career completions (2,508), career touchdowns (181), career passing rating (91.1), career completion percentage (64.0), and career 300-yard games (30). Has led the Falcons to a 41-7 record when recording a passer rating of 100-or-better. Has set single-season franchise marks for passing yards (4,719), pass attempts (651), completions (439), completion percentage (68.6), touchdown passes (32), and 300-yard games (7). Also owns the club records for consecutive passes without an interception (272) and consecutive completions (22).
In 2014, set single game records for passer rating (155.9), completion percentage (87.5), and passing yards (448). Completed 415 of 628 passes (66.1 percent) for 4,694 yards and 28 touchdowns, while posting 93.9 passer rating in 2014. Posted his fifth straight season throwing for 4,000 yards - only QB in franchise history to do so.
Continued his stellar play and broke former Falcons QB Steve Bartkowski’s franchise record for career passing touchdowns (181) with his 155th and 156th passing touchdowns vs New Orleans (9/7/14). In 2014, ranked in the top 10 in several passing catergories, including passes completed per game (25.9), percentage of passes completed (66.1 percent). Ryan also had three game winning drives, which was tied for sixth most in the League. Completed 439 of 651 pass attempts (67.4 percent) for 4,515 yards with 26 touchdowns, 17 interceptions and an 89.6 quarterback rating. Became the first quarterback in club history to throw for 4,000 yards in three straight seasons in 2013. Continued to rewrite the Falcons record books in his sixth NFL season, topping his own franchise records for attempts (651) and completions (439) while breaking QB Steve Bartkowski’s record for career passing yards with 23,472. Threw for 300-plus yards in seven games in 2013, en route to breaking QB Steve Bartkowski’s franchise record for career passing yards. Ranked among the League leaders in most statistical categories in 2013, including completions (439, 3rd), completion percentage (67.4, 4th), yards (4,515, 4th), touchdowns (26, 9th-tied), and passer rating (89.6, 12th). Averaged 282.2 passing yards per game in 2013, which was the fourth-highest average in the NFL and the second best of his career. Was one of four passers averaging over 280 yards per game in 2013.
Threw for a career-high 421 yards, completing 34 of 54 (62.9 percent) passes with two touchdowns, one interception and a 91.7 passer rating against New England (9/29/13). Ryan’s 421-yard output was the second-highest single game passing total in team history behind QB Chris Chandler’s 431-yard performance in 2001. Broke QB Steve Bartkowski’s franchise record for career completions with his 1,872nd career completion on a 32-yard pass to WR Harry Douglas at Carolina (11/3/13). Bartkowski completed 1,871 passes in 11 seasons with the Falcons while Ryan has completed 2,093 passes in six NFL seasons.
Has completed 2,093 of 3,288 pass attempts (63.7 percent) for 23,472 yards with 153 touchdowns, 77 interceptions and a 90.6 passer rating during his career. Earned his second career Pro Bowl nod in 2012 after completing 422 of 615 pass attempts with an NFL-best 68.6 completion percentage for 4,719 yards with 32 touchdowns and a 99.1 passer rating. Ryan earned his 50th career win in his 69th career start, with a 30-17 victory over the Eagles in Week 8 (10/28/12). He tied QB Ben Roethlisberger as the second fastest active quarterback to reach the 50 win milestone. QB Tom Brady is the only active quarterback to reach 50 wins in fewer games (65). Led the Falcons to a 13-3 regular season record and a trip to the NFC Championship Game in 2012. Picked up his first career playoff win, topping Seattle in the NFC Divisional round. His 68.6 completion percentage led the NFL in 2012 and was the 13th best single-season performance by any NFL quarterback attempting at least 300 passes. Threw six touchdowns in the postseason, setting franchise records for the most playoff touchdown passes in a single season and career playoff touchdows (9). Joined NFC South rival QB Drew Brees as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to attempt 600+ passes and complete 68+ percent of those passes in a single season. Tossed his 100th career touchdown pass vs. Denver (9/17/12), also broke QB Steve Bartkowski’s franchise record of 197 consecutive pass attempts without an interception. Extended the record to 272 pass attempts without an INT before being picked off at San Diego (9/23/12). Set a franchise record by completing 22 consecutive pass attempts, including his first 12 at Detroit (12/22/12), which was tied for the third longest in NFL history. Led the Falcons on six game winning drives in the fourth quarter in 2012, including a two-play 41-yard drive that set up a game-winning field goal in the NFC Divisional playoff game vs. Seattle (1/13/13). Completed 30 of 42 pass attempts for a Falcons’ playoff record 396 yards with three touchdowns and a 114.8 passer rating in the NFC Championship Game vs. San Francisco (1/20). In his six seasons with the Falcons, has led the team to an impressive 36-10 home record as the starter under center. Ryan has posted a total of 23,472 yards (2008-13) breaking QB Steve Bartkowski franchise record of 23,470 yards in the 2013 season finale.
Has led the Falcons to a 34-2 record when he records a passer rating of 100-or-better.
Has led the Falcons to a 18-1 record when he throws three-or-more touchdowns.
Ryan has compiled a 60-34 regular season record during his career. His 56 wins in his first five seasons were the most by any starting quarterback in his five seasons in NFL history. Since 2008, has thrown 153 touchdown passes, which ranks tied for sixth in the NFL and tied for third in the NFC during that time. Completed 347 of 566 pass attempts (61.3 percent) for 4,177 yards with 29 touchdown passes, 12 interceptions and a 92.2 passer rating in 2011. Joined QB Dan Marino and QB Joe Flacco as one of three quarterbacks since 1950 to post 40-or-more wins in their first four seasons after leading the Falcons to an 11-5 record in 2011. Posted 320 yards on 22 of 38 passing and tied a career high with four touchdowns at Carolina (12/11/11). Garnered FedEx Air Player of the Week and NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors for his efforts at Carolina.
Earned his first Pro Bowl selection in 2010. In 16 starts, set franchise records with 357 completions on 571 pass attempts. Threw for career-highs with 3,705 yards and 28 touchdowns with a career-low nine interceptions and a 91.0 passer rating. With a 31-10 win over the Carolina Panthers in the season finale in 2010, Ryan tied Hall of Fame QB Dan Marino for the most wins by a quarterback in his first three seasons since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger with 33. In three seasons, Ryan posted a 33-13 record. Earned FedEx Air Player of the Week honors after throwing for 299 yards on 24 of 33 passing with three touchdowns against Cincinnati (10/24/10). He also posted a season-high 118.1 passer rating. Earned NFC Offensive Player of the Month honors in November (2010) after completing 106 of 153 pass attempts (69.3 percent) for 1,001 yards, seven touchdowns and zero interceptions in leading the Falcons to a 4-0 record in the month. Set a career-high and tied a franchise record with an 85.7 completion percentage after connecting on 24 of 28 passes for 197 yards and one touchdown against Green Bay (11/28). Led six game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or later in 2010, including wins at New Orleans (9/26), vs. San Francisco (10/3), vs. Cincinnati (10/24), vs. Baltimore (11/11), vs. Green Bay (11/28) and at Tampa Bay (12/5). Ranked third in the NFL in 2010 with a 104.1 passer rating on third down. Also completed 63.3 percent of his passes with 15 touchdowns on third down. Named Associated Press NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and Sporting News Rookie of the Year after completing 265 of 434 passes for 3,440 yards, 16 touchdowns and 11 interceptions for an 87.7 passer rating in his first season. His 3,440 passing yards in 2008 ranked sixth in a single season in team history as he became one of two rookie quarterbacks in NFL history to amass over 3,000 passing yards in his first season (Peyton Manning). Became the first rookie quarterback in club history to win 11 games and, along with Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was the first rookie quarterback to start all 16 games and lead their teams to the playoffs. Tied with Flacco, for posting the best regular season record ever (since the 1970 merger) by a rookie quarterback who started all 16 games (11-5). Became the first player in franchise history to earn NFC Rookie of the Month accolades (October of 2008) while earning conference offensive player of the week honors (9) and Diet Pepsi Rookie of the Week twice (Weeks 6 and 15). Posted a streak of nine consecutive 200-yard passing games in 2008 from Weeks 6-15 and recorded eight contests with a 65.0 completion percentage or higher. Ranked second in the NFL in yards per completion with a 12.98 average in 2008. Helped the Falcons offense break a team record for the most net yards in a season with 5,779. Guided the Falcons offense to the fifth-most points scored in a season in club history with 391 in 2008.
Holds the annual Matt Ryan Celebrity – Am Classic to benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at TPC Sugarloaf. Hosts the annual Matt Ryan Football camp at Centennial High School, providing area youth the opportunity to learn football fundamentals from some of Ryan’s teammates as well as area youth coaches. Participated as a celebrity waiter for the 4th annual Huddle Up for Miracles hosted by Head Coach Mike Smith at 103 West in Atlanta to benefit Children’s Miracle Network. Participated in the Extra Yard partnership program the past (3) seasons and has purchased (40) season tickets and t-shirts for the Metro Atlanta Boys & Girls Club.
Following a stellar career at Boston College, emerged as a Heisman Trophy candidate while earning ACC Player of the Year honors as a senior. Ranked eighth in the nation in total offense and established school records for 400-yard passing performances in both a career and a season while tallying 4,507 yards in 2007. His five 400-yard performances in a career broke the school record set by Doug Flutie and his four games with over 400 yards in 2007 also set a Boston College season record. Completed 807 of 1,347 passes for 9,313 yards and 56 touchdowns in his Eagle career. His 807 completions and 1,347 attempts established school career-records while his completion percentage of 59.9 ranked third in school annals. His 9,313 passing yards placed him third on the Boston College all-time record list behind Doug Flutie and Glenn Foley. With his 388 pass completions in 2007, Ryan joined Philip Rivers of North Carolina State and Ben Bennett of Duke as the only quarterbacks in ACC history to complete 300 passes in a season.
Ryan’s 31 touchdown passes in 2007 broke the old school season-record of 27 by Doug Flutie in 1984. His career-high 435 yards against Georgia Tech in 2007 rank sixth on the school’s game-record passing list. With five touchdown passes against Wake Forest in 2007, Ryan finished one shy of tying the school record of six, held by Flutie. Of the Division I-A quarterbacks in the draft who started 24 or more games, Ryan won 76.5 percent of his 34 starts.
Attended William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia, Pa. and earned All-East honors from Tom Lemming’s Prep Football Report. Captured All-Southeastern Pennsylvania accolades as a senior quarterback in addition to receiving All-City first-team honors in 2002 and second-team recognition in 2001. Threw for more than 1,300 yards with 15 touchdowns and just two interceptions as a senior. Captained the school’s basketball and baseball teams. 2004 recipient of Boston College’s Mall Scholar-Athlete Award. Son of Michael and Bernice Ryan and has three siblings.