Sunday's Week 7 game between the Atlanta Falcons and Baltimore Ravens will reunite a pair of quarterbacks who were each selected in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft, Matt Ryan (third-overall) and Joe Flacco (18th overall). The gunslingers met in 2010 at the Georgia Dome, resulting in a 26-21 victory for Ryan and the Falcons.
Ryan was on-point in the contest, completing 32-of-50 throws (64-percent) for 316 yards and three touchdowns, while Flacco went 22-of-34 (65-percent) for 215 yards, with three touchdowns and one interception.
Both 29-year-old quarterbacks were asked about their reunion this week; Ryan praised Flacco's success and recalled the 2008 NFL Draft experience as if it was yesterday, while Flacco echoed similar feelings.
"It's always fun to play Matt, just because we did come in together," Flacco said, via conference call. "It's a shame we're in opposite leagues, so we don't get to play each other that often. I know we've played a couple preseason games, but this is only the second time that we'll have played each other. It'd be a little bit cooler if we got to play each other more, but I always enjoy going up against the Falcons and seeing Matt close-up."
Career Regular Season Comparison
Falcons QB Matt Ryan - 100 career regular season games (62-38)
2,242 for 3,522 (64 percent) for 25,332 yards, 165 touchdowns and 84 interceptions (90.8 rating)
Ravens QB Joe Flacco - 102 career regular season games (66-36)
2,009 for 3,323 (60.5 percent) for 23,141 yards, 133 touchdowns and 81 interceptions (84.7 rating)