In what has been a career of milestones, Matt Ryan has achieved yet another one in passing former New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning into 8th all-time in passing yards. Manning had 57,023 career passing yards in his career — a mark which is now eclipsed by the Atlanta signal caller.
A little over a year ago, Ryan passed Hall of Famer John Elway into 9th place on that list, during last season’s opening game against the Seahawks. We knew it was only a matter of time before he chased down Manning, and that time is now.
Matt Ryan now No. 8 all-time in passing yards.— Michael Rothstein (@mikerothstein) October 10, 2021
That drive he moved past Eli Manning (57,023)
Ryan now has 57,029 yards.
The next person Ryan is chasing is legendary Miami Dolphin Dan Marino, with 61,361 career passing yards — at the end of his career, he was first on the all-time passing yardage list by well over 10,000 yards. At his current pace, Ryan is scheduled to chase down Marino sometime next season.
Being on this list and chasing down the greats is a testament to Matt Ryan’s prolific work as a signal caller and his career longevity. He has only missed three games in that career which is now in year number 14. The Boston College alum is also looking to extend his incredibly impressive streak of consecutive 4,000-yard passing seasons to 11 this year, which would be one shy of Drew Brees’ record of 12.
In addition to that mark, Ryan also become just the 7th quarterback in NFL history to hit 5,000 completions earlier in the game.
Matt Ryan joins Tom Brady (6,897) and Ben Roethlisberger (5,159) as the only active players to eclipse the 5,000 mark.https://t.co/3tD3httU3H— Kris Rhim (@krisrhim1) October 10, 2021
It has been a productive and historic day for Ryan, and the Falcons currently lead 20-9. Let’s hope they get the win.