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Matt Ryan Needs 279 Yards To Break Steve Bartkowski’S Career Record


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The Atlanta Falcons nearly spoiled the San Francisco 49ers farewell game at Candlestick Park on Monday night by giving the Niners quite a scare, and that was thanks to some excellent passing from Matt Ryan, who finally has a fully healthy Roddy White to throw it to. The pair worked to a devastating effect, as Ryan threw for 348 yards and completed an excellent 77.1% of his passes. He’s the main reason why the Falcons kept it to 34-24, and they would have won had Harry Douglas not had a sure catch wrestled away from him by Tramaine Brock, which led to NaVorro Bowman’s memorable pick six.

Ryan has been terrific this season, and he continues to be one of the game’s best quarterbacks. There is no doubting his talent, and it’s incredible to think how good this Falcons team would be if they had a better offensive line in front of him (Sam Baker’s injury definitely didn’t help the cause). Players went down all around him, but Ryan (and, to a lesser extent, Tony Gonzalez) was a clear constant that the Falcons could rely on.

With 279 passing yards this week against the Carolina Panthers, Matt Ryan will break Steve Bartkowski’s record for the most career passing yards in Falcons franchise history. It would be a fitting end to a season filled with adversity for Ryan, and there’s little doubt that “Matty Ice” is the best quarterback that this franchise has seen. Bartkowski was a great one, but Ryan has better numbers across the board. Plus, he already has three more game-winning drives than Bartkowski and averages nearly 60 more yards per game than Bartkowski did.

So far this season, Ryan has completed a very impressive 67.3% of his passes and is undoubtedly one of the most accurate QBs in the NFL. He also has averaged 282.3 passing yards per game, but the Panthers definitely aren’t an easy team to throw it against; they’ve only given up more than 279 passing yards on five occasions. When the Falcons faced the Panthers earlier this season, Ryan was held to 211 passing yards, so he has his work cut out for him.

But Ryan has had an incredible season and the Falcons passing attack seems to be finally hitting its stride, thanks to a healthy Roddy White. The San Francisco 49ers pass defense is even better than the Panthers pass D, so there’s plenty of hope that Ryan can cap off the 2013 season by beating Bartkowsi’s record, taking 29 less games to achieve the feat of over 23,470 passing yards.

It’s just one more reason to watch this NFC South battle.

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Would love to end this season on some sort of high note.

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As much as some people dump on Ryan on this board, it's easy to forget he will pass for 50,000 yards if he stays healthy. Even in today's NFL that is da*n impressive

people seem to forget that 3600 28 and 10 were pro bowl numbers only 10 years ago...Ryan came into a FAR different NFL

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Can't help but wonder what kind of numbers Bartkowski would have put up in todays NFL.

Man...Bart could throw that ball a long ways down field. Very accurate deep passer. But like this Falcon O-line...poor Bart got his knee's banged up pretty bad. Hated seeing him limp around the field after being blasted by a d-lineman.
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Man...Bart could throw that ball a long ways down field. Very accurate deep passer. But like this Falcon O-line...poor Bart got his knee's banged up pretty bad. Hated seeing him limp around the field after being blasted by a d-lineman.

Miller and Chandler had great arms for the deep ball but think Bart was the best, In todays NFL he probably does very well.

Early in his career Bart did get killed 75-77 but starting in 78 the OL got better and better by 1980 it was pretty good and probably better than any OL Ryan's had to work behind so far.

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Miller and Chandler had great arms for the deep ball but think Bart was the best, In todays NFL he probably does very well.

Early in his career Bart did get killed 75-77 but starting in 78 the OL got better and better by 1980 it was pretty good and probably better than any OL Ryan's had to work behind so far.

You are correct ....but the severe damage was already done for Bart. Of course...with todays medicine and procedures he might have faired much better. The guy had heart.
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You are correct ....but the severe damage was already done for Bart. Of course...with todays medicine and procedures he might have faired much better. The guy had heart.

Yep Bart was one of my favorites saw some highlights of him in college he could move for a big guy, with no arthroscopic surgeries they had to cut and hunt for the damage.

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Matt Ryan is one tough SOB. Tom Brady and Peyton Manning typically play terrible in games they are under constant pressure, Matt Ryan's entire season was played under pressure and he still puts up stellar numbers.

Took 9 sacks and still had us in a position to win the game. Beast

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