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Matt Ryan threw 42 passes in one half

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We don’t really have a lot to add to the headline.  But anytime a quarterback throws 42 passes in a half, we have to write a post about it.

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan completed 22-of-42 passes for 220 yards, one touchdown, and an interception on Saturday. Fearing that Ryan’s arm might fall off, the Falcons took Ryan out at halftime against Pittsburgh.

Atlanta wasn’t very efficient Saturday, but it has been interesting to see them so aggressive throwing the ball in the preseason.  There have been a lot more shotgun formations with three or four receivers.  Julio Jones and a healthier Harry Douglas will let Atlanta transform their offensive identity this year.

Pittsburgh led 24-16 at halftime on the way to 34-16 win.

UPDATE: The NFL tells us the most passes in a first half last year was 30 by Peyton Manning against the Texans.

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47 Responses to “Matt Ryan threw 42 passes in one half”
  1. paulitik74 says: Aug 27, 2011 11:25 PM

    Julio dropped a perfect 50+ yd pass, should’ve been 23 for 270.

    We missed 3 easy TD. Gotta clean things up.

  2. dmq13 says: Aug 27, 2011 11:36 PM

    Matt Ryan missed a lot of throws, and they had a lot of drops. This is an offense that is probably going to take a few weeks into the season to synch, which I attribute to how the lockout damaged a lot of teams.

  3. Umar says: Aug 27, 2011 11:39 PM

    Wow. With those stats for Ryan I would have thought he played the whole game.

  4. rajbais says: Aug 27, 2011 11:39 PM

    Holy crap!!!

  5. redguy12588 says: Aug 27, 2011 11:40 PM

    Steelers secondary held Ryan to a 65 passer rating despite not having either of their starting cornerbacks play.

    Pretty good performance I think.

  6. talkintrashallday says: Aug 27, 2011 11:45 PM

    I didn’t know the Falcons played in the AFL

  7. andersonhtespiderjohnson says: Aug 27, 2011 11:48 PM

    MATTY ICE AKA OVER RATED

  8. thephantomstranger says: Aug 27, 2011 11:48 PM

    The NFL tells us that the record for passes in a half in a regular season game is 30 by Peyton Manning against the Texans last year.
    __________

    That seems incorrect since the record for pass attempts in a game is 70.

  9. johnnycash19 says: Aug 27, 2011 11:51 PM

    FORTY TWO PASSES? What were they thinking?

  10. whatwouldlombardido says: Aug 27, 2011 11:51 PM

    Matty Ice-My-Shoulder.

  11. tucknrolle says: Aug 28, 2011 12:09 AM

    I hear Michael Turner loves the offensive philosophy.

  12. rpiotr01 says: Aug 28, 2011 12:30 AM

    Well, all that running last year only led them to a 13-3 record and first round bye. Time to start slingin’ the rock!

  13. steelcity09 says: Aug 28, 2011 12:36 AM

    I love the behind the scenes footage the NFL releases.

    Anyone with a football mind can see that Mike Smith is not a good football coach.

    He is a very nice guy though, but a good coach? Nope.

    This team is very solid and I dont think they win a Superbowl with him as coach.

  14. dino2997 says: Aug 28, 2011 12:36 AM

    Matt Ryan used to be a much better college QB and a bit of a gunslinger but in the NFL he’s more of a system QB that rarely takes chances. I don’t know if Atlanta really uses him properly.

  15. CKL says: Aug 28, 2011 12:41 AM

    andersonhtespiderjohnson says: Aug 27, 2011 11:48 PM

    MATTY ICE AKA OVER RATED
    ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
    Thank you. Much ado about nothing. Better than Flacco but not by much.

  16. bishopslappytruelove says: Aug 28, 2011 12:48 AM

    I hate the preseason.

    Just blastergation! Not real football.

  17. eagleseagleseagles says: Aug 28, 2011 1:08 AM

    I think the Eagles and their coaching staff are taking over the Falcons.

  18. lbcvikingsfan says: Aug 28, 2011 1:11 AM

    paulitik74 says:
    Aug 27, 2011 11:25 PM
    Julio dropped a perfect 50+ yd pass, should’ve been 23 for 270.

    When don’t Julio drop passes. he was notorious in Bama.

  19. eagleseagleseagles says: Aug 28, 2011 1:11 AM

    @thephantomstranger

    PFT didn’t say the record was 30. It said the most pass attempts LAST YEAR was 30 by Peyton Manning.

    LEARN HOW TO READ

  20. wiscnsnpatfan says: Aug 28, 2011 1:17 AM

    Wow…42 passes thrown in the first half and you lose 34-16? What the hell happened?

  21. flagstaffphotos says: Aug 28, 2011 1:20 AM

    Got to wonder if Big Ben will get any PFT love at all this year. He is clearly playing as well or better than anyone else at the position in the NFL right now, against back-to-back Super Bowl contenders in Atlanta and Philly, tossing bombs all over the field, but PFT hasn’t said the first good word about him.

  22. 504in860 says: Aug 28, 2011 1:27 AM

    More evidence that Matt Ryan can’t carry the offense…and neither can Michael Turner anymore.

    Oh…and the defense still sucks.

    They’re in trouble.

  23. sieg1234 says: Aug 28, 2011 2:32 AM

    Blah blah blah blah – their defense sucks. That is going to be their achilles heel, as it was last season.

  24. timegambit says: Aug 28, 2011 3:11 AM

    Micheal Turner developed flat feet during the game.

  25. kilo0986 says: Aug 28, 2011 4:05 AM

    Unfortunately byrons arm did fall off…

  26. ilovefoolsball says: Aug 28, 2011 5:19 AM

    He really is an overrate qb

  27. crazimitch says: Aug 28, 2011 5:46 AM

    Practice!

  28. jersey73 says: Aug 28, 2011 7:33 AM

    Sounds like the offensive coordinator thought he was playing video game football.

  29. johnnycamparm says: Aug 28, 2011 8:03 AM

    @flagstaffphotos. I love PFT, but you are right. Ben could have completed 42 passes for 500 yards and 6 TDs in the first half, and you would hear nothing about it on this site. Now, if Ben were to step on a lady bug,… that would be news worth posting. The title would read BEN ROETHLISBERGER ASSAULTS LADY (bug)

  30. wicky888 says: Aug 28, 2011 8:36 AM

    As a Falcons fan, this is troubling, but not surprising. I knew as soon as they went for Julio that they would turn into one these pass-happy teams. 42 Passes for a whole game is too many, in one half its just retarded. I put Ryan in the same QB category as Flacco …… overrated. Hes great in the final 2 minutes, but average in the other 58. Run the damn ball and keep opposing offenses away from the weak-as-usual defense. They looked like balls against Jax too. The only thing about this that doesnt make me cry is that it was against the Steelers.

  31. flavordave says: Aug 28, 2011 8:40 AM

    I cant think of any other athlete named Harry.

  32. cbass59 says: Aug 28, 2011 9:18 AM

    Remember ATL, the Falcons traded a lot of picks to move up for Julio. He’ll be good. But not worth the picks he gave up.

  33. discountusabiz says: Aug 28, 2011 10:25 AM

    Looks like to me Atlantas not concern about winning the games in pre-season but letting Turner rest and Ryan getting usa to slinging the ball alot more.In which makes sense in there new explosive offense,but maybe they should work alittle more on there CB play ,they need pratice and it has nothing to do with the QBs there playing because they’ve all burnt Atlanta .Its about Falcons DB play it BAD !! They better score alot of points if they want to win !!

  34. discountusabiz says: Aug 28, 2011 10:29 AM

    By the way did anybody notice RB J. Rogers looked alsome hard to find and tackle looks like a steal for ATL..

  35. spawnsacs says: Aug 28, 2011 10:31 AM

    When is Matt Ryan going to win a playoff game?

  36. 3octaveFart says: Aug 28, 2011 10:41 AM

    johnnycash19 says: Aug 27, 2011 11:51 PM

    “FORTY TWO PASSES? What were they thinking?”

    “We don’t have a running game”?

  37. kayotiicdat says: Aug 28, 2011 11:09 AM

    Matty Water is overrated.. Nothing special about the kid

  38. stvang says: Aug 28, 2011 11:14 AM

    Can’t beat’m join’m

    Kinda looks like the packers wc spread offense

  39. laxer37 says: Aug 28, 2011 11:56 AM

    wiscnsnpatfan says:

    Wow…42 passes thrown in the first half and you lose 34-16? What the hell happened?

    —————————–

    What happened is the NFL abruptly changed the rule that you get one point for every pass attempt and didn’t tell the Falcons.

    Concentrate on the number of completions, not the attempts.

  40. ppdoc13 says: Aug 28, 2011 12:12 PM

    Flacco 4-3 in the playoffs. Ryan? Their stats are almost identical with a slight overall edge to Flacco. Which wins their SB first?

  41. ud1hens says: Aug 28, 2011 12:52 PM

    I’m going to seem biased with this post but at least I’m honest. If Joe Flacco went 22-42, 220, 1 and 1 the city of Baltimore would hang him and call for Tyrod Taylor. I don’t understand the long leash for Matt Ryan. Just because you have a cool nickname (Matty-Ice) doesn’t give you a free pass. Sure he looks more polished than Flacco but he’s playing 9 games in a dome, 1 in FL, and 1 in the Carolinas. Not exact cold weather games. He’s a very talented QB, not arguing that.

  42. crabboil says: Aug 28, 2011 1:02 PM

    Matty Spice and the Dirty Birds better look at the ’07 Saints. We thought we could just outscore everyone. It doesn’t work that way.

  43. b1unt3d says: Aug 28, 2011 2:49 PM

    “MATTY ICE AKA OVER RATED”

    let me guess.. you think Mike Vick is the best player in the league.

    further proof opinions are like buttholes..

  44. jamson64 says: Aug 28, 2011 9:30 PM

    paulitik74 says:
    Aug 27, 2011 11:25 PM
    Julio dropped a perfect 50+ yd pass, should’ve been 23 for 270.

    When don’t Julio drop passes. he was notorious in Bama.

    Heh. The Steelers had a pick in the first quarter and they almost picked off 3 others just IN THE FIRST QUARTER.

  45. jamson64 says: Aug 28, 2011 9:32 PM

    ppdoc13 on Aug 28, 2011 12:12 PM
    Flacco 4-3 in the playoffs. Ryan? Their stats are almost identical with a slight overall edge to Flacco. Which wins their SB first?

    Ben Roethlisberger.

  46. thephantomstranger says: Aug 28, 2011 10:50 PM

    thephantomstranger says:
    Aug 27, 2011 11:48 PM
    The NFL tells us that the record for passes in a half in a regular season game is 30 by Peyton Manning against the Texans last year.
    __________

    That seems incorrect since the record for pass attempts in a game is 70.

    eagleseagleseagles says:
    Aug 28, 2011 1:11 AM
    @thephantomstranger

    PFT didn’t say the record was 30. It said the most pass attempts LAST YEAR was 30 by Peyton Manning.

    LEARN HOW TO READ
    ____________________

    As you can see, the original text of the post said that 30 was the record. After I pointed out the error, the text was changed to say that the highest number of attempts last year was 30. My comment stating what the NFL actually said was deleted. So I do know how to read.

  47. salmen76 says: Aug 29, 2011 7:40 AM

    Ain’t it funny. The falcons have been running their mouths about how they’re gonna win the SB this year. They can’t even move the ball against pittsburgs scrubs. The Falcons will NEVER win the SB. They were scrubs in 1966 when they came in the league and they’re still scrubs. All those years and zero SB wins. ha ha. that’s so funny. Geaux Saints!

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