Ryan is coming off a down year in which he threw 26 touchdown passes and committed 21 turnovers. He'll benefit from a healthy Julio Jones in 2014.
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On the road, Ryan hit 62 percent of his throws for 2,174 yards and 13 touchdowns -- against 14 interceptions. Ryan had a 102.6 passer rating at home, 77.0 on the road.
Ryan's overall numbers should improve next season, assuming No. 1 receiver Julio Jones returns healthy.
Ryan played well with 28 of 40 passing for 280 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. It gave him back-to-back games with at least 280 passing yards and two touchdowns for the first time since Week 7.
The Falcons will come back in 2014 with the chance to be more competitive after this 4-12 campaign. Ryan will lose Tony Gonzalez to retirement, but he will get Julio Jones (foot) back at 100 percent.
It should be a bounce-back season for Ryan in 2014, but this 2013 year was disappointing for Atlanta, which came into the year with Super Bowl aspirations.
Ryan reminded us all how good he can be with his performance against the 49ers. He had 348 passing yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions (one was tipped for the pick-six and the other was on a Hail Mary). But that was the first time we’ve seen that quarterback since Julio Jones went down.
It’s nice to have Roddy White back at 100 percent, and Tony Gonzalez is playing (potentially) his final game. But the Panthers also have a lot at stake with the playoffs and limited Ryan to eight Fantasy points in Week 9.
Only one quarterback – Drew Brees at home – scored more than 19 Fantasy points against Carolina, and Ryan should struggle this week. We would only start him in two-quarterback leagues in this final scoring period.
With just over a minute left and Atlanta in position to tie with a field goal, Ryan threw to a covered Harry Douglas and the ball got knocked up in the air. Linebacker NaVorro Bowman caught the ricochet and returned it 89 yards for a touchdown. Ryan's Hail Mary on the final play also was intercepted.
Ryan targeted Roddy White 15 times and they connected 12 times for 141 yards. Ryan led White perfectly on a 39-yard touchdown. He also found tight end Tony Gonzalez for a 2-yard score.
Having accounted for 24 touchdowns and 20 turnovers, Ryan plays Carolina in the season finale.
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