The Sports Inquirer attended the presser of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan following his team’s preseason practice on August 19. Topics included preparing for the upcoming preseason contest against Washington on August 22, working with the offensive line, having running back Devonta Freeman returning to the rotation and the continual preparation for the regular season.
The Sports Inquirer attended the presser of Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn before his team’s practice on Jan.9. Topics included preparations for the upcoming playoff game at Philadelphia on Jan. 13, the leadership of Matt Ryan and an injury update of the Falcons’ roster.
Release from the Atlanta Falcons:
Matt Ryan wins NFC Player of the month for the month of September.
Ryan closed out the month of September with a big time performance on Monday Night Football, leading the Falcons to a 45-32 win over the division rival New Orleans Saints. Ryan threw for 240 yards on 20-of-30 passing with two touchdowns and a 113.2 quarterback rating in the win. He directed an offense that scored on six straight drives, including touchdowns on five straight red zone possessions.
The ninth-year signal caller has guided the Falcons to a 2-1 record in the first three games of 2016. He completed 73-of-103 pass attempts for an NFC-best 70.9 completion rate while throwing for 970 yards. Ryan is averaging an NFL-best 9.42 yards per attempt and has connected on eight passes of 25 yards or longer. He ranks tied for third with seven touchdowns and his one interception is tied for the fewest among quarterbacks with at least 100 pass attempts.
Ryan opened the season by throwing for 334 yards on 27-of-37 passing with a pair of touchdowns and a 112.6 passer rating against Tampa Bay. He followed that up by completing 26-of-34 passes for 396 yards, three scores and a 131.5 QB rating at Oakland in Week 2. Ryan led the Falcons offense to the sixth-highest output in franchise history, racking up 528 total yards in that game. He is riding a streak of three straight games (five straight dating back to 2015) with a passer rating above 100.
This is Ryan’s third time winning the player of the month award in his career – first since September of 2012. His three Player of the Month awards are also the most by any player in franchise history.
By E. Marcel Pourtout, Editor
The Sports Inquirer attended the postgame presser of Atlanta Falcons’ quarterback Matt Ryan following his team’s 20-13 home win over the previously undefeated Carolina Panthers on Dec. 27. He threw for a game-high 306 yards and a touchdown in the victory. Topic included thoughts on the win, overcoming injuries and finding balance on offense.
By E. Marcel Pourtout, Editor
The Sports Inquirer attended the pre-practice presser of Atlanta Falcons’ quarterback Matt Ryan on Nov. 4. Topics included areas of improvement for the team following its overtime loss to Tampa Bay at home last Sunday.
By E. Marcel Pourtout, Editor
Four turnovers and 124 penalty yards sink the Atlanta Falcons as they fall to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23-20 in overtime at the Georgia Dome on Sunday afternoon.
With the score tied at 20-20 to end regulation, Tampa Bay (3-4) won the toss and took possession of the ball to start overtime. Connor Barth’s 31-yard field goal with 7:52 left in overtime gave the Bucs the 23-20 lead. Atlanta (6-2) took possession of the ball but Matt Ryan’s incomplete pass to Justin Hardy after being pressured by Gerald McCoy fell short at the 5:50 mark of overtime to end the game.
Atlanta outgained Tampa Bay 498-290 in total yards but turned the ball over four times. Tampa didn’t have a turnover in the contest.
“The issue for us came down to the ball,” Falcons’ coach Dan Quinn said. “Not creating any takeaways defensively, and then finishing in a minus-four turnover ratio. The penalties were certainly a factor.”
Falcons’ quarterback Matt Ryan completed 37 of 45 passes for a game-high 397 yards and two touchdowns. However, he also lost two fumbles and threw an interception.
“We dug ourselves too deep of a hole and expect consistently to get out of it,” Ryan said after the game. “Three of the four turnovers were on the plus-side of the 50. That’s taking points directly off the board. We did everything we wanted to offensively other than protect the football. I think we had a few too many penalties as well.”
Atlanta’s Julio Jones had 12 catches for a game-high 162 yards receiving but also lost a fumble of his own in the first quarter. Devonta Freeman had 88 yards on 21 carries for the Falcons.
Jameis Winston started the game at quarterback for Tampa Bay and completed 16 out of 29 passes for 177 yards and a touchdown.. Bucs’ running back Doug Martin had 23 rushes for 71 yards.
Atlanta tied the game at 20-20 with 17 seconds remaining in regulation when Ryan hit Jones for an eight-yard touchdown pass up the middle.
Trailing 13-3 to start the third quarter, Atlanta’s turnover troubles continued as Ryan fumbled the ball handing it off to a running back on Tampa Bay’s 20-yard line in their first possession of the second half.
Winston’s four-yard touchdown run made the score 20-3 in favor of the Bucs with 6:06 left in the third quarter.
Atlanta started its comeback attempt when Ryan hit Jacob Tamme for a four-yard touchdown pass with 15 seconds remaining in the third quarter, making the score 20-10 in favor of Tampa.Tamme had 10 catches for 103 yards.
Matt Bryant hit a 24-yard field goal at the 4:56 mark of the fourth quarter, cutting the Bucs lead to 20-13 with 4:56 left in the fourth quarter.
The score was tied at 3-3 at the end of the first quarter as each team kicked field goals.
Tampa took a 6-3 lead with 3:32 left in the first half on a Barth field goal from 23 yards. Following a Ryan interception, the Bucs increased their lead to 13-3 with 30 seconds left in the second quarter on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Winston to Cameron Brate.
The Falcons had three turnovers in the first half. Ryan’s interception, a fumble by Ryan on a low snap from center Mike Person and a Jones’ fumble. Atlanta outgained Tampa Bay 217-151 in the first half.
“It is just another game and we lost,” Falcons’ defensive end Adrian Clayborn said. “We kicked ourselves in the butt. The good thing is that we can come back next week and play again.”
Atlanta’s nose tackle Paul Soliai added that “we came back hard as you can see on the scoreboard. On the defensive end, we just have to create turnovers and help our offense out.