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Falcons vs. Saints: Who was the offensive player of the game?

Matt Ryan and Cordarelle Patterson want you to know they want to win games.

Atlanta Falcons v New Orleans Saints Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

The Falcons gave us another high blood pressure game and it took yet another 4th quarter comeback from Matt Ryan (and Cordarelle Patterson) to secure the victory after blowing a huge lead. Let’s take a look at the offensive players most deserving of recognition in this game.

Matt Ryan

This may have been the most impressive performance of the season for Ryan, going against a quality defense in New Orleans. On a day when Ryan led the rushing attack with 1.6 yards per carry, the veteran QB carried the offense to a 27 point total and yet another 4th quarter comeback. His stat line was straight out of Madden rookie mode: 23/30 (76.7%) for 343 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs, 1 rushing TD and a passer rating of 135.8.

Oh yeah, that 4th quarter game-winning drive now puts him at 41 for his career, which has him alone at 7th all-time.

Cordarrelle Patterson

The most reliable weapon for the Falcons had another monster day. While he was mostly quiet on the ground (9 carries for 10 yards), he did so much damage as a receiver. He caught all 6 of his targets for an insane 126 yards and a 21.0 average per catch.

None was more important than his clutch 64 yard catch and run that put the Falcons in easy field goal range at the end of the game. He is an absolute matchup nightmare and Arthur Smith is using him brilliantly.

Russell Gage

After being invisible last week against the Panthers, Gage was able to come back with a strong effort. He caught 7 of his 8 targets for 64 yards and caught some key passes in traffic.

Olamide Zaccheaus

Fantasy owners of Zaccheaus (is that a thing?) had a great day on Sunday. The WR3/4/5 stepped in and had one of his best games as a Falcon. He caught all 3 of his targets for 58 yards and most importantly, two key touchdowns.

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Falcons vs. Saints OPOG

This poll is closed

  • 73%
    Matt Ryan
    (276 votes)
  • 21%
    Cordarelle Patterson
    (80 votes)
  • 0%
    Russell Gage
    (2 votes)
  • 4%
    Olamide Zaccheaus
    (17 votes)
375 votes total Vote Now