Playing into the second quarter Thursday night against the Bengals, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan completed his first 11 passes. Ryan started the game six-for-six on the first drive, making him nine-for-nine on first possessions during this year's preseason and nine-for-nine in the first quarter.
Ryan carried the streak into the second half, completing his next two passes for 11 straight. His first incompletion came on the Cincinnati two-yard line, a pass to running back Michael Turner.
Ryan ended the first quarter with 66 yards on his nine completions.
*UPDATE: *Ryan closed the night after the second-quarter touchdown to Lousaka Polite. The quarterback 18-for-21 for 174 yards and one touchdown. His QB rating was 117.1. He was replaced by Chris Redman.