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A subpar year by his standards."Where does the time go? Matt Ryan will be heading into his 12th season under center as the leader of the Atlanta Falcons in 2019 Black Matt Ryan Jersey , and it feels like just yesterday that he was drafted with the third overall pick out of Boston College.Join us in dwelling on the past a bit, as we wait for Year 12 of the Matt Ryan era to commence. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be taking a look back at each of Ryan’s 11 seasons individually — his best game, his worst game and what we learned from each season. You can find the 2008 article here, the 2009 article here, the 2010 article here, the 2011 article here, the 2012 article here, the 2013 article here, the 2014 article here, the 2015 article here, and the 2016 article here.Today, his 2017 season is on tap.His best game - Week 8 vs. New York Jets2017 was one of Matt Ryan’s weakest seasons from a statistical point of view. He had trouble meshing with first-year offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian Matt Ryan Jersey 2019 , and ended up throwing just 20 touchdown passes — the fewest in a season since his rookie year.The Week 8 win in East Rutherford against the Jets was Ryan’s most impressive game of 2017, not because he put up prolific numbers, but because of the adversity he overcame to secure a massive win. That game was played in the middle of a rainstorm, and both Ryan and Jets QB Josh McCown had trouble handling snaps all afternoon.Ryan nonetheless put up a very solid performance with 254 yards on 29 pass attempts, and two touchdowns (which tied a season-high) along with no interceptions. His 113.3 passer rating was also less than three points off his season high. Ryan connected with Mohamed Sanu on a clutch late touchdown to help secure a 25-20 win.After getting off to a 3-0 start, the Falcons proceeded to drop their next three games in a row, all against AFC East opponents. Another loss to the Jets would’ve resulted in a widespread panic around the team, but Ryan kept them from falling below .500. Atlanta would eventually bounce back and win 10 games behind the strength of the defense.His worst game - Week 14 vs. New OrleansThis Thursday night game was actually won by the Falcons — it was the one where Deion Jones intercepted Drew Brees in the end zone at the very end to secure the W (Brees was apparently practicing for the overtime interception he would throw against the Rams over a year later in the NFC Championship) — but Ryan was truly horrendous throughout the evening.Ryan threw a season-high three interceptions — one was saved from being a pick 6 by a vicious Julio Jones tackle, one was completely Austin Hooper’s fault, and one was in the end zone. The touchdown pass he had to Sanu on third down in the fourth quarter to tie it was clutch, but Atlanta would’ve never needed to make a comeback if not for the mistakes.In addition to the interceptions, Ryan completed a season-low 15 passes and registered a season-low 55.2 passer rating. Defensive excellence and an incredible Matt Bryant (who kicked in a 52-yard field goal to take a late lead) ended up winning Atlanta this game, the same way they ended up carrying the Falcons to the playoffs.What we learnedWe learned that Steve Sarkisian could not replicate the magic of Kyle Shanahan from a year earlier. This was once again a case of Ryan having trouble clicking with a first-year OC Black Vic Beasley Jr Jersey , and it was red zone woes especially which really hurt him and the Falcons. Those issues in the red area would end up costing Atlanta its season in the Divisional Round against Philadelphia.However, we also learned just how lethal the Falcons could be with an actual defense. 2017 featured statistically the best defense Atlanta’s ever had in the Matt Ryan era and the result was a 10-win season and playoff victory, even with a version of Ryan which was pretty subpar by his standards. Pairing the 2017 defensive performance with the 2016 or 2018 version of Ryan would have resulted in a Super Bowl victory without a doubt in my mind. PHILADELPHIA (AP)Fly Eagles Fly. With the wind and against it. With Nick Foles engineering several long drives, Jake Elliott converting three field goals, and the defense getting stingy in the tightest spot, Philadelphia moved into the NFC championship game with a 15-10 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday.Article continues below ... Foles directed brilliant marches of 74 and 80 yards in the second half – one into the whipping wind, the other with it – and Elliott atoned for missing an extra point by converting from 53 yards at the end of the second quarter, 37 and 21 in the second half. Then the Eagles (14-3) held when Atlanta (11-7) got to the 9-yard line with a first down, and to the 2 on fourth down. When Matt Ryan’s final pass sailed over Julio Jones’ head in the end zone , Philly could celebrate its first playoff victory since the 2008 season. Next Sunday, the Eagles will host either Minnesota or New Orleans for the conference crown. The Eagles last made the Super Bowl in the 2004 season, losing to New England. ”I mean, we just kept believing in each other Vic Beasley Jr Jersey 2019 ,” said Foles, who became the starter when Carson Wentz, a leading MVP contender, injured his knee in December. ”That was it. Our team never wavered, defense did an amazing job, special teams – that’s just been the story this year is that we just all stuck together…” The Falcons, of course, memorably blew a 28-3 second-half lead to the Patriots in last year’s Super Bowl. They will not get the opportunity to atone for it, though Ryan got them close at the end. Despite being underdogs as the No. 1 seed, the Eagles showed plenty of moxie. ”Just keep on disrespecting and we’re going to keep proving people wrong,” receiver Alshon Jeffery said. A masterful 74-yard, 12-play drive on which Foles threw for 70 yards led to Elliott’s 37-yard kick into the wind that made it 12-10. The Eagles then put together their best drive, an 80-yarder covering 14 plays Black Alex Mack Jersey , yet again faltered close to the end zone. Elliott added a 21-yarder with 6:02 remaining after coach Doug Pederson briefly considered going for it on fourth-and-1 at the Atlanta 3. ”It was tricky out there, really gusty,” Elliott said. Then, as the fans in the Linc held their breath, the Eagles held deep in their territory. ”Man, just stay calm,” said defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, who was a force all day. ”We always talk about that. We’ve been in those situations during the regular season, so we kind of know how to handle those situations, not try to make a play but let the play come to us.” And the road to the Super Bowl remains through Philly. WINDY DECISIONS Falcons coach Dan Quinn could have opted to take the wind in the fourth quarter after deferring on the opening coin toss. Instead, he took the ball to start the second half, but it was the Eagles who got the only points of the third period. And in the end, Atlanta had to deal with the currents on that final drive Alex Mack Jersey 2019 , which did include a 20-yard completion to Jones on fourth-and-6. ”It was a tough game for us tonight,” Quinn said, ”and as we go through, we will go back and assess everything we have done.” ERROR-FILLED HALF Mistakes hurt the Eagles in the opening half. Jay Ajayi’s fumble and a misplayed punt that bounced off Bryan Braman led to all 10 Atlanta points. Things began nicely for Philadelphia when safety Brian Poole was tagged with pass interference on a deep pass by Foles that was held up by the wind. But Ajayi fumbled on the next play with Keanu Neal recovering. Atlanta efficiently mixed runs and passes to drive to Matt Bryant’s 33-yard field goal for an early lead. Philadelphia got the run game going with Ajayi in the opening period. Then, with the wind in the next quarter, the Eagles kept the Falcons so off-balance Atlanta took two timeouts in three plays. Receiver Nelson Agholor’s 21-yard run got the ball to the 3, and Foles botched a handoff to Corey Clement. But the quarterback quickly dived on the loose ball and was ruled to have scored. Replay showed otherwise. Pederson showed no hesitation going for it, and Blount surged in from the 1. Elliott’s missed extra point left it 6-3. Soon after came Matt Bosher’s punt that took a wicked bounce and hit Braman while he was blocking. From the Philly 18, the Falcons benefited from two penalties before Ryan scrambled from pressure and found Devonta Freeman for a 6-yard TD and a 10-3 lead. With 46 seconds left in the half, the hosts got lucky. Foles’ errant pass ricocheted off Neal’s hands to Torrey Smith for 20 yards. Jeffery made a long stretch to haul in another throw with 1 second remaining, and Elliott’s 53-yard field goal just made it over the crossbar. ”It was great for momentum,” Foles said. ”Jake did an awesome job of kicking that for us.” QB NUMBERS Foles finished a very efficient outing by going 23 of 30 for 246 yards. Ryan was 22 of 36 for 210 yards on a difficult day to throw. Jones had nine receptions for 101 yards. UP NEXT Philadelphia will host either Minnesota or New Orleans next Sunday night for the NFC title. Atlanta’s season ends after a wild-card berth and a win at Los Angeles before Saturday’s defeat. —
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