Matt Ryan has quietly added his name to a number of NFL records. Those are usually centered around passing efficiency, yards per attempt, passing yards, and things like that. Today’s game against the Carolina Panthers put Ryan is some unusual company.
Ryan showed his wheels and rushed for two touchdowns. That’s one way to improve a slumping red zone offense!
Here’s the specifics.
Congratulations to #MattRyan on becoming just the 3rd player in history (1950-2018, Min. 25 attempts) to complete 80.0%+ of his passes AND rush for 2 TDs in the same game.#MattRyan (9/16/18 vs. #Panthers)#CamNewton (1/3/16 vs. #Buccs)#JeffGarcia (11/12/00 vs. #Chiefs) pic.twitter.com/nz55uuco21— Ryan Michael (@theryanmichael) September 16, 2018
That’s right, Ryan matched both Cam Newton and Jeff Garcia way back during his time in San Francisco.
Ryan may have some irregular games. Against the season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles, he never looked comfortable in the pocket. He completed under 50 percent of his passes for the first time since 2011. It was the 11th worst game of his career based on his quarterback rating.
The most consistent thing is Ryan will battle back after a bad game, and this was no different. Ryan made a punishing Carolina Panthers defense look more like the 2014 Falcons defense. You remember the one that was the worst in the league and still pumped in fake crowd noise.
It was a pretty masterful performance, with Ryan completing 23 of 28 passes for 272 yards for an 82.1 completion percentage, 9.71 yards per attempt, two passing touchdowns, and four attempts for 18 yards and two awesome rushing touchdowns.
It felt like a return to 2016. We saw the return to pre-snap motion, sweet play-action bootlegs, and working down the pass catching options: Ryan tossed to eight different players.
Ryan showed some concerned fans that he’s still got it. Seriously, that stat line is just silly, and the Panthers are no pushovers.