Matt Ryan wins NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against the New Orleans Saints.
Ryan completed 27-of-36 passes (75-percent) for 331 yards and tied his career high with four touchdown passes. He also posted a passer rating of 139.9, giving him four straight games with a rating above 120 and 12 such games this season – tying for the second most in a single season in league history (according to Pro Football Reference). Ryan's four TD passes all came in the first half and he completed each of his scoring strikes to a different receiver.
He closed out his MVP-caliber campaign by setting franchise records with 4,944 passing yards (13th in NFL history) and 38 touchdowns. His 117.1 passer rating is the fifth highest single-season mark in NFL history, and his 9.3 yards per attempt is the best average since Kurt Warner (9.9) in 2000. It also marks the best average in NFL history for a quarterback attempting 500-or-more passes. Ryan directed the offense to 30 points for the 11th time, giving Atlanta 540 points on the season and tying the 2000 Rams for the eighth highest total in NFL history.
This is Ryan's second time winning the Player of the Week award this season – eighth time in his career, which is the most in franchise history. He previously won the Player of the Month award for the month of September earlier this year. His three Player of the Month awards are also the most by any player in franchise history. This is the sixth time this season a player has been named the Player of the Week – Matt Bryant won in Week 16; Devonta Freeman won in Week 15; Vic Beasley Jr. won in Week 14; Julio Jones won in Week four; Matt Ryan won in Week nine.
Two other players have won the Player of the Month award this season – Deion Jones (Rookie – September) and Matt Bryant (Special Teams - October).