Falcons Nerdy Birdz: Four key stats to know about the Falcons’ long-range weapon, Matt Bryant

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Atlanta Falcons/ Kara Durrette
K Matt Bryant Atlanta Falcons/ Kara Durrette

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – This weekend the Falcons travel to Green Bay, Wisc., to face the Packers for Week 14. Here are four key stats on kicker Matt Bryant that will be crucial in this NFC matchup:

1. Consistency is key: Last Sunday, Bryant kicked a 44-yard field goal on the first drive of the game, marking his 15th consecutive field goal made in the 2018 season. Bryant is the only kicker with 100-percent field goal percentage in the NFL among players with at least 10 attempts. The 17-year veteran hasn’t missed a field goal in his last 27 attempts, including the postseason, and his last missed field goal was a blocked kick against the Buccaneers on Dec. 18, 2017. Bryant’s longest consecutive streak was 30 field goals made in the span of 2010-2011.

2. 17 years and counting: The Baylor alum entered the NFL in 2002, beginning his career with the New York Giants, but he has spent the majority of his career as an Atlanta Falcon. Among all active kickers, Bryant has the fourth-most total field goals made, trailing Adam Vinatieri, Phil Dawson and Sebastian Janikowski. In nine seasons with the Falcons, Bryant has connected on 245-of-276 field goals (88.8 percent), including 36-of-45 from 50 or more yards.

3. Great things come in twos: In the 17-year veteran’s career, he has converted 12-of-14 field goal attempts against the Green Bay Packers, including the postseason. When Bryant makes two or more field goals in a game, his team is 4-0 against the Packers. Since 2009, the Falcons have won 52-of-79 games when Bryant makes at least two field goals. With the temperatures reaching a high of 24 degrees on Sunday, Bryant could be kicking a lot.

4. Falcons 50: Since 2009, Bryant has converted 80 percent of his field goal attempts from 50-plus yards, marking the second-highest percentage in the NFL in that span. So far this season, he is four-for-four on 50-plus yard field goal attempts, with his longest field goal this season a 57-yarder in the win against the Buccaneers.

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