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Matt Ryan a Late Addition to Pro Bowl Roster

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Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has been named to the Pro Bowl in Tom Brady's stead.

Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Get excited, Falcons fans, because you've got one more opportunity to see Matt Ryan play this season. Ryan has been named to the Pro Bowl as Tom Brady's replacement. Brady will obviously be a little busy preparing for the Super Bowl.

When you look back on the 2014 season, you may not deem Ryan's overall performance particularly Pro Bowl-worthy. Your memory may be skewed, however, by the team's record. Ryan finished the season fifth in the league in passing yards with 4,694. Ryan completed 415 of 628 passes for a completion percentage of 66.1, which was good for second in the league behind only Drew Brees. Ryan threw 28 touchdowns and had 14 interceptions in 2014, and he finished the season with a quarterback rating of 93.9.

Ryan earned NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors twice in 2014, following his week one performance against the New Orleans Saints, and again in week three after an utter domination of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Ryan also established himself as a statistical leader at the league level. Ryan is one of four quarterbacks to exceed 4,000 passing yards in each of the last four seasons, joining Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Matthew Stafford in this category. Ryan's 28,166 passing yards through his first seven seasons in the NFL are the second-most in that time period in NFL history. Ryan also set a new team mark in 2014, establishing himself as the all-time touchdown passes leader for the Falcons with 181.

It is Ryan's third Pro Bowl appearance. Ryan and Michael Vick are the only quarterbacks in Falcons history to be named to the Pro Bowl three times. Ryan will join his teammate Devin Hester in Arizona. Wide receiver Julio Jones, who was initially named to the Pro Bowl roster, will not participate to allow a lingering hip injury to heal.

The Pro Bowl will air on ESPN at 8:00 p.m. Eastern on January 25, 2015.