In Sunday's victory against the New Orleans Saints, QB Matt Ryan set a franchise record in both passing touchdowns (156) and for most passing yards in a game (448). Take a look at other big moments in Ryan's career so far.
One day after Falcons QB Matt Ryan appeared on an episode of NFL Rush Zone, an animated television series, where he reminded the Guardians that good luck is less about a pair of socks and more about skill and preparation meeting opportunity, he went on to prove it in a 37-34 OT victory against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.
Needing one-passing score to tie former Falcons QB Steve Bartkowski for the franchise record for most career-passing TDs (154), Ryan did that in the second quarter, finding WR Roddy White for a 2-yard TD. One quarter later, Ryan found Falcons TE Levine Toilolo for a 1-yard TD pass, seizing the franchise record with 155 career-passing scores.
While Ryan said it's a great honor to break Bartkowski's record, having respect for what he's done for the Falcons organization, he wasn't done lighting up the scoreboard, later breaking another franchise record. He connected on his third and final TD pass of the day (franchise-leading 156th-career passing TD), a 54-yard score to RB Antone Smith in the third quarter. When all was said and done on Sunday, Matty Ice finished with the following stats: 31 of 43 for 448 yards (single-game franchise record), with three TDs, good for a 128.8 passer rating.
One day after the win, Falcons head coach Mike Smith spoke more about Ryan's big day.
"Obviously, the numbers speak for themselves, setting an Atlanta Falcon record for the number of yards," Smith said. "I thought he was on point, distributed the ball, was able to make plays, after the play broke down, the integrity of the play, and he got it into our playmakers' hands."
Smith noted on Sunday that when his team generates nearly 570 yards of total offense and 448 of those yards are through the air, "you know your QB is playing well". It was the 17th time in Ryan's brilliant seven-year career that he's thrown three TDs in a game; the Falcons are 19-1, when he throws at least three scores. Never one to take individual credit for his success, Ryan was quick to praise his coaches and teammates, emphasizing the total team win.
"Passing-wise, we did a great job," Ryan said, after the win. "Obviously, we got some weapons on the outside and that creates some good matchups for us. Credit to (Falcons OC) Dirk (Koetter) and (Falcons OL coach) Mike Tice and our offensive line that did a really good job."