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Matt Ryan surpasses 50,000 passing yards, top 10 in NFL history

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The former MVP is still breaking records in a forgettable season.

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Matt Ryan did something no other Falcons quarterback has done in their career, joining only nine quarterbacks that have passed for over 50,000 yards. It marks another historic stat for Ryan, the league’s 2016 MVP. Drew Brees has the most passing yards in NFL history at over 76,000, with Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, Dan Marino, Philip Rivers, Ben Roethlisberger, Eli Manning, and John Elway rounding out the top 10.

Ryan has a pretty clear shot to push into the top 5 with a few more healthy seasons. He talked to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution ahead of breaking the record.

“It’s obviously something I’m proud of,” Ryan said. “To be able to do it hopefully at home and get it done there is exciting, but more important than anything would be getting a win … with all of the hard work we put in (last) week to try and accomplish something like that in a win would be great.”

Wins have been few and far between this season, but Ryan has remained a top talent despite a nonexistent running game and an ineffective offensive line. He’s certain to stick in the top 10 in passing yardage in NFL history for years to come.