Matt Ryan
QB ATL (11)
2 months ago

Ryan completed 17 of 23 passes for 284 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Falcons' 34-28 Super Bowl LI overtime loss to the Patriots. He also lost a fumble.

EDGE Analysis

Ryan, and the Falcons offense he helmed, were masterful for two quarters-plus before Tom Brady's killer instinct kicked in. He started to heat up on Atlanta's third possession, completing passes of 19 and 23 yards to Julio Jones on a drive that ultimately culminated in a five-yard Freeman touchdown run. The veteran quarterback came back on the next drive to connect with Taylor Gabriel for 24 yards and Jones for another 18, before capping matters off with a pretty 19-yard scoring connection with rookie Austin Hooper. After an eight-play, 85-yard scoring drive early in the third quarter that featured a 35-yard connection to Gabriel and a six-yard touchdown strike to Tevin Coleman, Ryan and the Falcons appeared to be in the proverbial driver's seat, but ironically would fail to score the rest of the game. One of their subsequent unsuccessful possessions came in the early part of the fourth quarter, when Ryan lost the ball after getting hit by Donta Hightower on a play where Freeman whiffed on his block. The turnover would lead to one of the Patriots' second-half touchdowns, and Ryan ultimately would never have a chance to touch the ball in overtime after the Patriots drove for a touchdown on the opening drive of the extra period. The record comeback by New England ironically caps Ryan's MVP season, a campaign in which he threw for a career-best 4,944 yards and 38 touchdowns.

Matt Ryan
QB ATL (11)
2 months ago

Ryan and the Falcons are expected to discuss a contract extension this offseason, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.

EDGE Analysis

Ryan has two years remaining on his current contract, but after an MVP-caliber 2016 season, his representation is anticipated to pursue a deal to secure his long-term future in Atlanta. According to the report, Ryan's potential extension with the Falcons could make him the NFL's highest-paid player. With those negotiations not slated until this offseason, Ryan will be able to focus on the task at hand, which is leading the Falcons to their first Super Bowl victory in franchise history Feb. 5 versus the Patriots.

Matt Ryan
QB ATL (11)
2 months ago

Ryan completed 27 of 38 passes for 392 yards and four touchdowns while rushing three times for 23 yards and another touchdown in Sunday's 44-21 NFC championship game victory over the Packers.

EDGE Analysis

Ryan led the Falcons to 17 points on the first three possessions, capping the opening drive with a two-yard pass to Mohamed Sanu and the third with a 14-yard scramble for his first rushing score since Week 1 of the 2012 season. He later added two more touchdown passes to Julio Jones and another one to Devonta Freeman during a stretch of four consecutive touchdown drives. The 31-year-old veteran came into this postseason with a 1-4 playoff record and 9:7 touchdown to interception ratio, but has been magnificent in two appearances here with eight total touchdowns and no turnovers in guiding the franchise to its second Super Bowl appearance.

Matt Ryan
QB ATL (11)
2 months ago

Ryan completed 26 passes for 338 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's divisional round win over the Seahawks.

EDGE Analysis

Ryan shredded the Seahawks all day, finishing with a passer rating of 125.7. He's in line for another huge game on Sunday when the Falcons host Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in the final game at the Georgia dome. The points are expected to pile up quickly in this one, and Matt Ryan is expected to spearhead the charge.

Matt Ryan
QB ATL (11)
3 months ago

Ryan completed 27 of 36 passes for 331 yards and four touchdowns in Sunday's win over the Saints.

EDGE Analysis

Ryan came out gunning early, capping his MVP campaign with four touchdowns to four different receivers in the first half. In the final quarter of the season, he's thrown 11 touchdowns without a pick. A pessimist could point to the sub-par competition he's faced in such games, but Ryan has generally stepped up when Atlanta's competition has been the stiffest. In Atlanta's four games against teams that made the playoff field, Ryan completed 71 percent of his passes, averaged 329 yards per game and posted a 10:3 touchdown:interception ratio.

Matt Ryan
QB ATL (11)
3 months ago

Ryan completed 27 of 33 passes for 277 yards and two touchdowns while adding two carries for nine yards in Saturday's 33-16 win over Carolina.

EDGE Analysis

Ryan completed a season-high 81.8 percent of passes despite a quiet game from top receiver Julio Jones (four catches for 60 yards). He connected with some unusual targets for his touchdowns, hitting Joshua Perkins from 26 yards out in the first quarter and D.J. Tialavea from the 1-yard line in the second. The ninth-year veteran's 34 touchdown passes are a career high, while his seven interceptions to date are two fewer than his old best of nine.

Matt Ryan
QB ATL (11)
3 months ago

Ryan completed 17 of 23 passes for 286 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 41-13 win over the 49ers.

EDGE Analysis

Ryan was nearly perfect in the first half, completing 12 of 14 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns, but didn't need to do much in the second half. Even without Julio Jones (toe), Ryan had an impressive 12.4 YPA, hooking up on a couple of deep shots to Aldrick Robinson and Taylor Gabriel. Jones could return next week against the Panthers, but Ryan has been productive the last two games without his star WR.

Matt Ryan
QB ATL (11)
4 months ago

Ryan completed 18 of 28 passes for 237 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday's win over the Rams.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran signal caller managed to pick the Rams secondary apart Sunday despite not having Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu at his disposal. He turned in his sixth game of three or more touchdown passes as the Falcons routed the Rams to capture a road victory. Ryan spread the ball around to several different pass catchers as six Falcons had three or more targets. He draws another favorable matchup in Week 15 with the 49ers coming to Atlanta.

Matt Ryan
QB ATL (11)
4 months ago1 Comment

Ryan completed 22 of 34 passes for 297 yards and a touchdown with one interception in Sunday's game against the Chiefs. He also added 23 yards on three carries in the 29-28 loss.

EDGE Analysis

Although he was held down for much of the day, Ryan put his team in a position to win the game when his only touchdown pass came late in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, the Falcons elected to go for two after the score and Ryan's pass attempt was intercepted by Eric Berry, who ran it all the way back for a pick-two that ultimately decided the outcome of the game. Ryan has now been held under 300 yards passing in five of his last six games and has just four touchdowns compared to three interceptions over the last three. He will look to bounce back next week against the Rams.

Matt Ryan
QB ATL (11)
4 months ago

Ryan completed 26 of 34 passes for 269 yards, two touchdowns and a pick in Sunday's win over the Cardinals. He added 15 yards rushing on four carries.

EDGE Analysis

At first glance, the stat line doesn't look like too big of an improvement from last week's effort against the Eagles, but Ryan returned to his MVP-caliber form on Sunday. Ryan topped a 70 percent completion percentage for the fifth time this season and third time in the past four weeks, his lone blemish being an interception that was in reality a catch and lost bobble by Julio Jones. Ryan and the Falcons have been searching for a proper complement to Jones ever since Roddy White began to decline. He might now have multiple complements, with free agent Mohamed Sanu proving capable of moving the chains and young speedster Taylor Gabriel emerging as a big-play threat. The return of Tevin Coleman to the backfield should further add to Ryan's increasingly impressive arsenal down the stretch.