Last season was record-setting in many ways for Matt Ryan, but the 2013 season could entrench Ryan firmly among the best in franchise history.
Ryan's 32 touchdowns in 2012 was a single-season franchise record and that total gave him 127 in his career through five seasons. As Ryan plays in just his sixth NFL season, he could be looking at the Falcons franchise's all-time career touchdown record.
Steve Bartkowski currently owns the franchise record for touchdown passes in a career with 154. Ryan's 27 touchdowns away from that mark and barring injury, there's no reason to believe he can't reach that milestone in the upcoming season. Ryan's averaged 25 touchdowns per season since 2008 and the last three seasons he's had 28 or more touchdown passes each year.
Last season Ryan set eight franchise records including most passing yards in a season (4,719), most pass attempts (615), most passes completed (422), completion percentage in a season (68.6), touchdown passes (32), consecutive completions (22), consecutive passes without an interception (272) and most 300-yard games (7).
Additionally, Ryan holds franchise records for highest passer rating in a career (90.9), highest completion percentage in a career (62.7) and continues to add to his franchise record of 300-yard games in a career with 17.