Ryan, Bryant Earn NFC Player of Week Honors

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.

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has been named NFC Offensive Player of the Week and placekicker Matt Bryant has been named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for their performances in Atlanta's 37-34 overtime win over the New Orleans Saints in Week 1.

Ryan had a career day against New Orleans, becoming the Falcons all-time leader in touchdown passes (156) while also setting the franchise record for total passing yards in a single game with 448. He completed 31 of 43 passes (72.1 percent) for 448 yards with three touchdowns and a 128.8 passer rating. Ryan has led the Falcons to a 35-2 record when he posts a passer rating of 100-or-higher and a 19-1 mark when throwing three-or-more touchdowns. His 448 passing yards were the second most by any quarterback on kickoff weekend without throwing an interception in NFL history.

This is the fifth time in his career that Ryan has earned player of the week honors, which is the most of any player in team history. He was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week in Week 9 of the 2008 season, Week 14 of the 2011 season, Week 16 of the 2012 season, and Week 7 of the 2013 season.

Bryant connected on a 51-yard field goal to tie the game at 34 as time expired in the fourth quarter. He then split the uprights with a 52-yard game winner in overtime. Bryant's overtime boot was the 19th game winner of his career and his eighth as a Falcon. It was also his second-longest game-winning kick since joining the Falcons.

With his 52-yard game winner in overtime, Bryant became just the fourth player in NFL history to kick a 50 yard field goal with less than a minute remaining in regulation to force overtime in addition to converting a 50 game-winning field goal in overtime. He has earned special teams player of the week honors seven times in his career and is the only player to win special teams player of the week multiple times with three different teams (NY Giants, Tampa Bay & Atlanta).

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