On Sunday, the Atlanta Falcons came back in the final seconds to upset the heavily favored San Francisco 49ers. The comeback was the 29th in Matt Ryan’s NFL Career, which puts him in prestigious company.
Ryan’s been building this one for a while, as he had 11 in the first four years of his career before settling into a quieter routine with some better teams (2016 and 2017) and a team that just couldn’t come back (2018). He’s had two fourth quarter comebacks and two game-winning drives in 2019 thus far.
Ryan is now tied with former Minnesota Vikings’ quarterback Fran Tarkenton and former New York Jets’ quarterback Vinny Testaverde for 8th all-time. Prior to Sunday, Ryan was tied with Brett Favre and Matthew Stafford with 28 comebacks.
Not that you want to see your team constantly winning games from behind, but it’s still an accomplishment when you look who Ryan is surrounded by on the leaderboard. Ahead of Ryan on the list are Peyton Manning (43), Tom Brady (35), Drew Brees (35), Johnny Unitas (34), Dan Marino (33), John Elway (31), and Ben Roethlisberger (31). When down in a game, coming back is just something great quarterbacks do, especially in the modern era where teams can credibly pass their way out of a hole.
This accomplishment just adds to his phenomenal NFL career, which also includes an MVP award in 2016. There are certainly Falcons fans who love to hate him, but when you look at the company he stands by in categories such as this one, there’s no doubt that he’s one of the best quarterbacks ever.