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. 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.
Ryan and the Falcons are expected to discuss a contract extension this offseason, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports. 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.
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. 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.
Ryan completed 26 passes for 338 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's divisional round win over the Seahawks. 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.
Ryan completed 27 of 36 passes for 331 yards and four touchdowns in Sunday's win over the Saints. 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.
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