Football Matt Ryan used to cross 60,000 passing yards contains a 28-3 reminder

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Some references to Atlanta blowing a 28-3 third-quarter lead in Super Bowl LVI to the Patriots are intentional, such as the number of diamonds on the ring. (To the chagrin of Falcons owner Arthur Blank.) Or the average value of one of Tom Brady‘s contracts. ($28.3 million.)

Other references just sort of happen.

Here’s one. Via Stephen Holder of ESPN.com, the ball that Colts quarterback Matt Ryan used on Sunday when crossing the 60,000-yard passing barrier is on display at the Hall of Fame. It has a prominent serial number under the team’s logo.

283.

“I had no idea,” Ryan said when asked about it on Friday. “I never even look at the serial number.” (Surely, he was thrilled to get that question.)

Ryan became the eighth quarterback in NFL history to throw for 60,000 or more yards. He did it in 223 career games. Only Drew Brees managed the feat faster, in 215.

Ryan (60,087) ranks at No. 8 on the all-time yardage list. Barring the unexpected, he’ll catch Dan Marino (61,361) this season, along with Philip Rivers (63,440), and maybe even Ben Roethlisberger (64,088). Ryan has plenty more work to do to get to the next rung on the ladder — Brett Favre, with 71,838. If/when Ryan does, he’ll need just another 103 to jump Peyton Manning.

Whether Ryan finishes with 65,000 or 70,000 or 75,000 or some other thousand, here’s hoping that the three numbers following the comma aren’t 283.

15 responses to “Football Matt Ryan used to cross 60,000 passing yards contains a 28-3 reminder

  1. I’ve never understood how anyone could criticize a team losing a super bowl. There are 32 teams in the league, and 30 of those teams are at home watching the two Champions compete. The rest of us are on our couches too. Most have never played pro football. Lots of HOF football players never competed in a super bowl. Hey, the Falcons played against Tom Brady. They got out to a big lead and thought the game was over. They were shocked beyond belief when Brady started racking up points, but I think they thought the clock would run out. I guess I’ve never seen a QB just freeze like Ryan did, but I’ve seen that same thing happen on the golf course when Tiger Woods was starting a rally. That’s part of the magic. That’s why Tom Brady is Tom Brady. Obviously, there have been a lot of teams that couldn’t answer the bell against Brady. I tip my hat to Brady, but can’t criticize a champion that lost a super bowl.

  2. Matt Ryan is the most under rated QB in NFL History. He’s already a HOF”r. As for the Super Bowl it’s absolutely not his fault, the DEFENSE gave up the lead and the HC/OC took their foot of the petal. If they ran the ball in 5 different plays killing the clock and in another huge play not taking a huge sack to knock them out of fg range, they would’ve won

  3. Dude should be thought of as one of the greats, Atl wasted his whole career, never had a an oline, defense, or rb. He had some good wrs and older Tony G, but that’s it. Still blows my mind he was able to carry that team to the super bowl only to have bad coaching blow it.

  4. Had the defense did their part, there would be a statue of Matt Ryan at the Falcons stadium in the near future. Maybe he should have got more done in the second half (it is a team sport, as we we all sometimes forget), but it was a complete and utter collapse in all phases post halftime.

  5. As a lifelong Falcons fan, I’ve counted 11 blunders in the 2nd half where, had just one of them not been committed, Atlanta would’ve held on to win. Devonte Freeman’s whiffed block leading to Ryan’s sack/fumble is one. Jake Matthews’ holding penalty taking them out of FG range is another. Beyond those eleven errors, Ryan took so many snaps without draining maximum clock that he gifted Brady time for the final drive. Our fate was finally sealed by Kyle Shanahan’s illogical choice to “stay aggressive” and keep throwing the ball when even just falling on it three times would have set up a pretty easy field goal to seal the deal. Say what you want about the challenges of following the Lions, Cardinals, Jaguars, or Jets…being a long-term Falcons fan is an act of biblical faith or sheer foolishness, whichever way you care to look at it.

  6. The guy is a hell of a football player. It’s a shame that a couple bad breaks in one half of a game follow him like this. Would be a great story if he managed to get a ring in the next few years.

  7. Shouldn’t Kyle Shanahan get more flack for blowing TWO Super Bowls?

    News flash: No matter how good your team is, it’s hard to win a Super Bowl. Just ask Jim Kelly and Dan Marino.

  8. andyreidsmustache says:
    September 17, 2022 at 11:37 am
    Had the defense did their part, there would be a statue of Matt Ryan at the Falcons stadium in the near future. Maybe he should have got more done in the second half (it is a team sport, as we we all sometimes forget), but it was a complete and utter collapse in all phases post halftime.

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    Agreed, it’s a team sport, 46 players active on game day and they all play a part in winning and losing. But I do gotta say the thumbs up/down raito to your comment is pretty ironic.

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