In the second quarter of Thursday night’s loss to the Saints, Matt Ryan took off running on third-and-goal from the 10-yard line, picked up a few yards, and then gave himself up with a feet-first slide at the 6-yard line. The Falcons settled for a field goal on the next play, and some have questioned whether Ryan should have put his shoulders down and tried to break a tackle and score.
Ryan, however, says he did the right thing in that situation and would do it again.
“It was early in the game,” Ryan said, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “You’ve got to take the points. You’ve got to make the right play. I felt like that was the right play and you’ve got to take those three points. We have to trust that we’re going to continue to get down there and continue to score touchdowns. In that situation I felt like that was the right play.”
In a game the Falcons lost 17-13, it’s easy to go back and look at a situation in which Ryan settled for an easy three instead of taking a chance for seven and wonder what might have been. However, Ryan probably wouldn’t have been able to get to the end zone anyway, and he could have gotten hurt trying. Falcons coach Mike Smith would probably tell Ryan that if he’s in the same situation again, he should slide again.