QB Matt Ryan - Atlanta Falcons
|6-4, 228||Born: 5-17-1985||College: Boston College||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2008|
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Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 17 vs TB (31 / 44 / 378 / 2 / 1 pass, 4 / 7 / 0 rush)
The quarterback got Atlanta's offense near midfield with a series of short passes but a first-down holding penalty, a Marvin Hall drop of an open hook route, and a defensed target to Julio Jones by cornerback Brett Grimes set up a third and long where Ryan couldn't work past the pressure for anything more than a check-down. This led to an eventual punt. Ryan miscalculated an over route off a quick play-fake to open its second drive, throwing the ball where the trailing defender undercut the ball for a near-interception. Ryan found Julio Jones over the middle on third and eight, but Jones slipped trying to avoid linebacker Lavonte David and fell a yard shy of the marker. This led to a second punt. Ryan also underestimated a fin route to Mohamed Sanu during a blitz and the defensive back cut off the ball on third and two, leading to a third consecutive punt. Ryan found Calvin Ridley for 12 yards on a comeback on a designed boot leg. However, Atlanta's line stalled the offense with a penalty on first down and then a sack of Ryan on the next play, leading to a 2nd and 18. Brian Hill caught a short pass from Ryan and broke three tackles for nine yards but a penalty resulted in a 3rd and 24. Ryan overshot his receiver who was well covered up the sideline and it led to a fourth-straight punt. Ryan targeted Justin Hardy with his third read on a third and eight after the two-minute warning but Grimes undercut that route as well. Ryan was consistently a little behind his receivers on routes over the middle. This led to a fifth punt. Ryan found Austin Hooper on consecutive corner routes up the left sideline to work from Atlanta territory to the Tampa 35 with about 30 seconds left. He culminated the drive with a post to Jones with 20 seconds left. Ryan caught a reverse pass over his shoulder for a touchdown to culminate its first drive in the third quarter to close the game to a three-point deficit. After two penalties late in the third quarter that seemed to stall another drive, Ryan found Sanu on a deep crosser for a first-down to get across midfield. Ryan followed with a deep cross to Hooper bracketed by two defenders in the end zone but Hooper dropped the ball while trying to extend for it on this play-action throwback. Ryan delivered a 37-yard stutter-go to Jones on a play-action throw just under the oncoming safety. Ryan threw a fourth-quarter interception on a play-action boot right. He stumbled while working away from the pressure and when he recovered he tried to throw the ball across his body to Justin Hardy and wound up sailing the ball over the receiver to the safety, giving Tampa the ball at midfield and down by five.
2018 Week 16 vs CAR (15 / 26 / 239 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
The quarterback leaned on Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu during the first drive, finding them over the middle and in the flats to drive the field, converting a pair of third downs on the way to a touchdown pass in the right corner at the end line to Jones. Ryan had a golden opportunity to earn the lead after Carolina fumbled the ball away at its 10 yard-line to begin its third series, but Ben Garland got beat on the next pay which resulted in a sack fumble of Ryan as he was bringing the ball back to throw. Carolina regained possession and Atlanta missed the opportunity. Ryan found Austin Hooper on a 32-yard sail route that set up a game-tying field goal after Calvin Ridley dropped a pass targeted inside the Carolina 5. Ryan got some help from the ground game and Ridley in the third quarter, including a 75-yard touchdown for the lead when Ridley ran past a busted Cover 2. Later in the third quarter, Mohamed Sanu took an over route for a 44-yard score to pad the lead to 14 points.
2018 Week 15 vs ARI (22 / 36 / 231 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 18 / 1 rush)
After a drop and a completion to Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley, respectively, Markus Golden sacked Ryan at the end of a seven-step drop on a first down. Ryan completed a third-down pass to Mohamed Sanu for 16 but an illegal shift nullified the conversion and Atlanta punted to end its first possession. He was sacked again in the next series on third down by Hassaan Reddick, throwing Tevin Coleman backwards, and forcing a second consecutive punt. Ryan hit Jones for 22 yards to get inside the Cardinals' 10 after a Falcons' fumble recovery. He rushed a throw when a flash of pressure crossed his face and delivered a bad ball to Smith two plays later, setting up a third and seven from the Arizona nine. Ryan finished the drive with a quarterback sneak after feeding Smith on a swing pass that got Atlanta to the one. Midway through the second quarter, Ryan got Atlanta inside the Cardinals' 35 but later in the drive, he threw well behind Coleman on a third-down slant that forced a 33-yard field goal. Ryan got Julio Jones into Cardinals territory with a scramble-drill target up the left sideline. Ryan took a hit on the next play against a blitz, hitting Jones again up the same sideline with about 30 seconds in the half. He scrambled for 15 yards--his longest run of the season--on the next play, getting into field goal range. Ryan followed up with a 21-yard touchdown pass up the left sideline to Jones to extend the lead to 19. Ryan's second touchdown was a garbage-time score to the end-line to a wide-open Justin Hardy.
2018 Week 14 vs GB (28 / 42 / 262 / 3 / 1 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
The quarterback found Julio Jones on 63 yards worth of passing yards on 3 catches to begin the game, including a fade route up the right sideline, an out route at the left boundary, and a crossing route for a 16-yard touchdown. Round found Mohamed Sanu twice in two drives for third-down conversions in the shallow zone of the Packers defense to keep drives a live. On a third and eight near the red zone, Ryan tried to bring the ball down and fumbled it, forcing a loss when Tevin Coleman recovered it. This led to a 53-yard field goal attempt that bounced off the right goal post. Ryan threw a pick-six with six minutes in the second quarter when Breshad Breeland undercut Austin Hooper on an out that as behind Hooper. It was likely that Hooper did not break the route fast enough on this hot versus the blitz. Ryan found Julio Jones on a deep fade but a Jake Matthews penalty nullified the play and two plays later, Atlanta punted with 2:45 left in the half. Clay Matthews sacked Ryan on third and short to begin the second half on a looping blitz inside from a twist to confuse the left guard, ending Atlanta's first drive of the third quarter. Ryan overshot Jones, who beat Jaire Alexander on a deep post, late in the third quarter on 3rd and 10 and it resulted in another punt. The Packers' relentless pressure foiled Ryan throughout the game despite Ryan not getting sacked as often as we've seen in recent weeks.
2018 Week 13 vs BAL (16 / 26 / 131 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 4 / 0 rush)
Sharp to begin the game with short passes in the flats and over the middle, Ryan and the Falcons stalled out inside the Ravens' 35 during the opening drive when Ryan overshot Tevin Coleman on a wheel route and threw the ball behind Calvin Ridley two plays later on third-down. The Ravens also out-strategized Ryan pre-snap when Eric Weddle disguised a blitz, baiting Ryan into an audible into a more advantageous play for the Baltimore defense. Ryan had to call a time out when he saw he was baited. This led to a Matt Bryant field goal. He began the second series with a wounded duck that forced Julio Jones into a jump-ball situation on a deep play-action pass that was way short and Eric Weddle knocked from Jones' grip. Two plays later, Terrell Suggs cleaned up with a sack after pressure up the middle on third-down forced Ryan to the right flat. This led to a punt to end the second series with a three-and-out. In the third series, Ryan made an off-balanced throw on third and five to Austin Hooper on a crossing route into an open flat for 16 to extend the drive--this wouldn't be the last of its kind of the day. Ryan dealt with errors from his receivers in Atlanta's third series. Jones dropped a five-yard stick route to begin the drive and Calvin Ridley ran a comeback a yard too short and put Atlanta in a fourth and one. Atlanta went for it and got stuffed to end the series. The Ravens confused Ryan again with pre-snap secondary shifts and got pressure on him off the left side, hitting him in the leg as he was throwing and the ball came out high to his intended receiver to force a third-and-eight during the fourth series for the offense. Consistent pressure forced Ryan into difficult throws with hit-or-miss accuracy and cornerback Marlon Humphrey delivered multiple hard hits to pry targets loose from receivers. Ryan took his third sack on a first-down blitz in the middle of the fourth quarter and Tavon Young returned the sack fumble for a touchdown to increase the lead to 26-10. Ryan threw a touchdown to Austin Hooper to the goal line on a fade away throw late in the fourth quarter with pressure bearing down.
2018 Week 12 vs NO (35 / 47 / 377 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 16 / 0 rush)
The veteran quarterback had a strong yardage night, finding receivers open on dig routes, shallow routes, slants, and over routes for solid gains. Unfortunately, Ryan fumbled the ball in consecutive possessions inside the Saints' two. The first was a well-defended quick-slant where the New Orleans edge defender leaped into the passing lane and forced Ryan to hold the ball on the short drop, which gave P.J. Williams time to reach the quarterback an create the turnover on a blitz. On the next series, Ryan did not correctly read the coverage position of the flat defender on Calvin Ridley and missed the opportunity for an easy touchdown. This forced Ryan to look elsewhere, drift into pressure reaching the pocket and fumble the ball trying to escape the defense. Ryan recovered the ball but this forced Atlanta to kick a field goal while already down 14-0. The Saints sacked Ryan six times in the game and repeatedly shut down the offense once it crossed midfield. Although Ryan got Atlanta within 14 points late in the third quarter - thanks to some play-action passing and smart throws on the move from pressure - Ryan had a pass tipped at the line by Tyler Davidson that linebacker A.J. Klein rebounded for the interception and it allowed New Orleans to re-establish a 21-point lead late in the game and put it out of reach. Much of Ryan's production came in garbage time.
2018 Week 11 vs DAL (24 / 34 / 291 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Dallas pressure disrupted Ryan during the first drive. The QB tried a sidearm throw that was ill-advised to Austin Hooper up the middle that was nearly intercepted thanks to pressure off the edge that disrupted Ryan's judgement. He followed up with a quick pass on a crossing route to the seam to Julio Jones for 28 yards, reaching midfield. Jones dropped a wobbly pass thrown under pressure that Demarcus Lawrence disrupted during the first drive. Jones was between two defenders and the ball bounced off his hands inside the Dallas 10. Lawrence sacked Ryan on the next play when Ryan tried to step away and had his teammate Tyrone Crawford stepped on Ryan's foot and the quarterback fell to the ground on third down, resulting in a punt to end the first drive. Atlanta countered with quick drops and throws to begin its second series. Ryan delivered a pair of quick-hitting slants to Calvin Ridley and Mohamed Sanu for 36 yards during the second drive, getting Atlanta into scoring range. Ryan felt the pass rush on third down and got rid of the ball early, leading to a 41-yard field goal. Atlanta adjusted to pressure with three-step drops and quick throw opportunities. Randy Gregory sacked Matt Ryan during the third series near midfield after Ryan couldn't find anyone open with his first two reads. Demarcus Lawrence sacked Matt Ryan, Ryan's third sack of the afternoon on third down, forcing a second punt. Matt Ryan tried to throw a deep ball up the seam off a three step drop that was woefully inaccurate. Jones tackled Heath and dislodged the ball. Ryan followed up with a route to the right flat to Sanu. Randy Gregory harassed Matt Ryan into a pair of inaccurate throws, a third-down throw for nearly another potential interception. Atlanta's drive stalled and it led to a second Matt Bryant field goal. Ryan spun loose from Lawrence's pressure early in the second half and delivered a check-down to Coleman in the left flat and Coleman broke a tackle for a longer gain across midfield, setting up another field goal. Jones earned 19 on a toe-tapping comeback after Ryan avoided edge pressure early in the fourth quarter. But on the next play, Ryan delivered the ball to Calvin Ridley over the middle on an RPO slant and Leighton Vander Esch intercepted the ball. Ryan led Hooper too far on a whip route against tight coverage by Vander Esch at the one, leading to a fourth field goal to cut the lead to a touchdown. Ryan hit Jones on a deep sideline go route just inside the two-minute warning on a slightly underthrown ball at the goal line to tie the game.
2018 Week 10 vs CLE (38 / 52 / 330 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 13 / 0 rush)
Atlanta reached mid-field with some misdirection runs and passes during the first series, but the drive stalled when Ryan overshot Calvin Ridley in the left flat on second and five and then threw the ball away when Myles Garrett put pressure on the quarterback on third and five. Ryan delivered a pair of completions during its third drive to reach midfield on a pair of play-action rolls and throws across his frame to tight ends Logan Paulsen and Austin Hooper. Ryan targeted his tight ends and backs six times before finally completing a pass to his first wide receiver during the game. The inability to connect with receivers early led to multi-play drives but only three points in three series. Ryan targeted Hooper and Paulsen twice more on roll outs crossing from the backside in the red zone midway through the second quarter and capped the drive with a quick receiver screen to Jones from the Cleveland one. Ryan hit Jones on a sail route during the two-minute drill after gaining a four-point lead on Atlanta late in the half. Ryan then overshot Ito Smith two plays later and took a sack to end the half. Jones began the second half with a 24-yard dino route with a great Ryan look-off. Denzel Ward nearly picked off Ryan on a third and seven out route where Ryan threw the ball behind Calvin Ridley's break during the third quarter and it forced another punt. The Browns defense dropped deep repeatedly and forced Ryan to create and it led to a 1-for-7 rate during the first 40 minutes of play for Atlanta. Ryan was stymied by the coverage on his outside receivers and timely pressure despite earning a career-high with 38 completed passes. Late in the game he, made a great throw off balance and under pressure to Hooper on 4th and goal for a touchdown to get Atlanta within 12 but he took a strip sack in the waning minutes and the Browns sealed the game.
2018 Week 9 vs WAS (26 / 38 / 350 / 4 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
The quarterback converted a pair of third down passes to reach midfield and then found Tevin Coleman on a 39-yard screen at the left edge of the defense for a touchdown. Quentin Dunbar slipped inside Calvin Ridley for an interception in the red zone on a route where Ridley didn't break tight enough. Ryan converted seven consecutive third downs in this game with passes to Coleman, Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu, and Austin Hooper. Ryan Kerrigan sacked Matt Ryan off the left edge with three minutes left in the first half, taking an inside move on Jake Matthews and meeting Ryan untouched to begin a drive after Washington cut the score to 14-7. Ryan took a second sack during the drive with Matt Leonidis working inside guard Ben Garland. Coleman scored again on a swing pass to the right side. Ryan dealt with pressure during this game and took sacks early in the second half but Atlanta's line play won this game handily for Atlanta.
2018 Week 7 vs NYG (31 / 39 / 379 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)
Pressure reached Matt Ryan repeatedly during the first two drives of the game, resulting in three sacks - two off the right guard and tackle and the third from an unblocked corner blitz off the left side. Atlanta punted to end both drives. Short gains and an offensive line penalty led to a third consecutive punt in as many series. Ryan delivered consecutive big plays in the fourth series, hitting Austin Hooper on an 36-yard corner route and then a play-action post to Marvin Hall for a 47-yard touchdown. After Brandon Fusco limped off the field late in the half, Ryan found Jones on a go route and pressure forced him to underthrow it but Jones worked back to the ball to generate a defensive pass interference call. On the next play, Ryan threw the ball behind Austin Hooper on a skinny post in the end zone and Hooper could only get one hand on the ball. Ryan took a fourth sack midway through the third quarter but a defensive holding penalty by Eli Apple on Julio Jones nullified the third-down sack and resulted in an automatic first down. Ryan found Ito Smith for 20 yards on a shallow cross versus a corner and safety blitz from the same side for a first down to reach the Atlanta 40. Ryan then earned a streak of 17 consecutive completions in the game with a mix of short and intermediate passes.
2018 Week 6 vs TB (31 / 41 / 354 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / 13 / 0 rush)
The quarterback distributed the ball twice to Calvin Ridley, once to Julio Jones, and once to Austin Hooper with short passes before finding Mohamed Sanu on an over route in stride for a 35-yard score. Ryan threw the ball too deep in the second quarter on a play-action route to Julio Jones that was wide open but Jones read the safety correctly and Ryan didn't. Ryan delivered three passes of 17,17, and 16 yards to Hooper, Justin Hardy, and Jones within 30 seconds to drive the field and set up a half-ending field goal to extend its lead to 11 points. Ryan began the second half poorly. He tried to pitch a ball while falling and nearly pitched it behind Tevin Coleman. He misfired on a short pass and then delivered an ill-advised screen on third-down. Ryan took a sack from Jason Pierre-Paul on an inside rush on third down to force a second punt in as many drives during the third quarter. Ryan began the fourth quarter with a play action boot to the left for a big gain to Jones then unloaded a deep pass that he underthrew to the receiver on the next play.
2018 Week 5 vs PIT (26 / 38 / 285 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 10 / 0 rush)
After a few short passes, Ryan took a sack when a linebacker and defensive back overloaded the left side of the line on third down near midfield and left Tevin Coleman overwhelmed. This forced an Atlanta punt in lieu of 56-yard field goal attempt. The Steelers blitzed again and Coleman was late coming off play action and forced Ryan into the pocket for a second sack in the first half. Ryan's greatest success came when he could exploit the middle of the Steelers' defense with Austin Hooper and Mohamed Sanu. He found Sanu up the seam for a 43-yard touchdown; Sanu earning most of the yardage after the catch. T.J. Watt sacked Ryan a third down; this time in the red zone and then a fourth time during the same drive to force a 47-yard field goal attempt. Ryan took sack from J.T. Watt deep in Atlanta's territory that put the game away 41-17 when Ryan fumbled the ball in to the end zone and Pittsburgh recovered.
2018 Week 4 vs CIN (29 / 39 / 419 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / 5 / 0 rush)
Atlanta went empty on its second third down of the initial drive and Ryan found Julio Jones in the middle of the field while throwing on the move, squeezing the ball between the linebacker and safety to get the offense to the Bengals' 11. Ryan beat the blitz during the second drive with a quick slant to Julio Jones and followed with a crossing route check-down to Tevin Coleman that he made on the move to get Atlanta to midfield. Ryan overshot Mohamed Sanu on a crossing route in Bengals territory. Two plays later, Ryan climbed the pocket and found the receiver across the middle for a first down. Ryan later found Sanu on the same deep crossing route where they misconnected earlier, gaining 36 yards late in the half. Atlanta had a first and goal at the Cincinnati eight after a blocked punt to begin the second half but a false start, an Atkins tackle for a loss, and a third-down sack of Matt Ryan led to Atlanta settling for a 28-yard field goal. Ryan was lucky on a late hitch that should have been a pick-six if not for the cornerback dropping the ball with Atlanta up by two points in the middle of the fourth quarter. Ryan took three untimely sacks in this game, including two in the red zone in the second half of the game. Ryan also was too cautious on a wide-open post route and overshot a wide-open Austin Hooper in the red zone.
2018 Week 3 vs NO (26 / 35 / 374 / 5 / 0 pass, 4 / 12 / 0 rush)
The veteran felt pressure repeatedly during the first quarter and either had to throw the ball away or behind receivers. However, he also converted multiple third-down targets during his second drive, including a dig route to Calvin Ridley, which he followed with a stutter-go for a touchdown to tie the game. Ryan took a sack from rookie defensive end Marcus Davenport who bulled through Alex Mack on a third down during Atlanta's third drive. Ryan overshot Ridley on a deep post in the middle of the second quarter and two Saints defenders committed uncalled fouls on Ridley during the route. Ryan underthrew a deep post to Ridley that resulted in a 45-yard penalty on the defense and put Atlanta in the red zone to begin the second half. Ryan found Ridley along the end line for the third touchdown. Ryan re-took the lead with his fourth touchdown pass - this one to Tevin Coleman at the right sideline in the red zone. Ryan found Jones on a deep post and laid it up there to let Jones run under it and even slow down for it in the fourth quarter. However, pressure continued to hound Ryan. Cameron Jordan got his second sack of Ryan in the game--this time on a third down in the red zone that forced Atlanta to kick a field goal to take a two-point lead in the middle of the fourth quarter, but the Saints committed a personal foul and gave Atlanta a first and goal inside the Saints' three. Ryan found Sanu on the next play off a sprint right to the front pylon but the Saints forced overtime, won the toss, and scored a touchdown on the opening possession for the win.
2018 Week 2 vs CAR (23 / 28 / 272 / 2 / 1 pass, 4 / 18 / 2 rush)
The Falcons quarterback threw a lot of outs early in the game and ran twice for positive yards. He ignored a wide open Calvin Ridley on a crossing route on one of those runs. He overshot Julio Jones by 10 yards on a third and long during the second drive, forcing a punt. Carolina, especially Luke Kuechly seemed in-tune with the Atlanta offensive tendencies in the first half and forced a lot of short plays. However a pass interference foul against Atlanta and the ground game set up Atlanta's first touchdown pass to Calvin Ridley on a short slant. After throwing a sail route to Jones early in the third quarter with a lot of air under it, Ryan got hit and the ball sailed on an intended post route to Jones and Carolina intercepted the early third-quarter pass. Ryan put Atlanta up by 14 with a dive into three defenders on a red zone play and keeping his feet to spin for the score.
2018 Week 1 vs PHI (21 / 43 / 251 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / 8 / 0 rush)
Ryan found Julio Jones twice during the first drive with a quick out and a third-down sail route to reach the red zone. He overthrew Devonta Freeman on a shallow route to the right flat on third and one with a yard to go. Ryan extended the second drive with a third-down scramble to the right sideline after overthrowing Mohamed Sanu two plays before--earning field goal range. Ryan found Tevin Coleman on a throwback screen for 26 yards to reach the Eagles 10. Ryan was consistently wide or high on targets over the middle during the first quarter. His throw was well outside Sanu on a route up the left sideline. Ryan was a beat late to Calvin Ridley and nearly picked off late in the half. Ryan found Jones on a double move in the third quarter that could have flipped the field but the official said Jones failed to maintain possession of the ball. On the next play, Ryan committed an intentional grounding penalty. Ryan threw behind Jones on a third down late in the third quarter, forcing another punt. Ryan then threw a poor deep post to Jones that was nowhere near the target. He finished the drive with an interception that he airmailed without velocity to Jones at the left sideline inside the Eagles' five. Ryan took a third sack during the game and lost the ball in the middle of the fourth quarter after cycling through three progressions. He regained his accuracy inside the two-minute warning on a post to Julio Jones for 36 yards but took a fourth sack with less than two minutes left. He then found Jones for another 18 yards while taking a hit. He took the fifth sack in this game while in the red zone, which forced a third down with 30 seconds left.
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