Found December 05, 2011 on
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By Len Pasquarelli ATLANTA - Like the little girl with the curl from the nursery rhyme, when Matt Ryan is good, he is very, very good.
And when Ryan is bad, he is ...
OK, so the Atlanta Falcons' quarterback is rarely horrid, as the old Mother Goose ditty suggests. But when he is bad, as the four-year veteran was in Sunday's 17-10 loss at Houston, the Falcons simply aren't the same team. And they lose bad games, like on Sunday, when they were facing a rookie quarterback making his first regular-season start in the league.
As noted last week in a column by The Sports Xchange, the Falcons were 8-0 versus rookie quarterbacks since coach Mike Smith arrived in 2008. And the callow T.J. Yates, a fifth-round draft pick who had never taken a snap in a game until relieving the injured Matt Leinart last Sunday, was pegged as victim No. 9.
But Yates outplayed Ryan - predictably leaning heavily on the Texans' powerful running game and top-ranked defense - and Ryan appeare...
BEST OF MAXIM
Is Matt Ryan a disappointing QB? Or a good QB on a disappointing team? The answer, maddeningly enough, is both. And the reality is that the Atlanta Falcons will either succeed or fail based on which quarterback plays on Sunday. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is coming up on a crossroads early in his career. When Matt Ryan is good, he is very, very good.
Ryan tossed a career-high...
The Falcons' defense of their NFC South title is practically over. They are two games behind the New Orleans Saints with four games to play.
With their hopes hanging in the balance, they turned the game over to Matt Ryan against the Houston Texans, and this time, Matty Ice could not deliver.
Last season, Ryan was clutch as he repeatedly dragged the Falcons from the fire on...
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog
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The game that was
Thanks to a 17-10 loss to the Houston Texans, the Falcons’ chances of repeating as NFC South champions are on life support. At 7-5, they trail the New Orleans Saints (9-3) by two games with four to play. Realistically, they...
HOUSTON (AP) -- Rookie T.J. Yates threw a touchdown pass in his first NFL start, Arian Foster rushed for 111 yards and Houston overcame another hamstring injury to Andre Johnson to beat Atlanta 17-10 on Sunday.
The Texans (9-3) have won a franchise-record six straight games, a remarkable feat considering they're down to their third-string quarterback and have played the bulk...
Matt Ryan could not quite pull out the come from behind victoryIt was a difficult start for the Falcons on offense, committing a turnover on their second drive. The Falcons were punished by trying to be too clever on a flea flicker that was very poorly executed and eventually picked off by Texans CB Kareem Jackson. A second turnover quickly followed, a miscommunication between Ryan...
Ryan is taken down
The Falcons struggled on the road against the Houston Texans, finishing with a disappointing 17-10 loss. The Falcons had some opportunities to win late, twice with the ball in Texans territory late in the fourth quarter, but failed to punch it in. They also found themselves with two defensive touchdowns wiped off the board from turnovers due to costly penalties...
Atlanta Falcons – 10, Houston Texans – 17
Right when the Falcons needed a win the most, Matt Ryan (277 total yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs) just wasn’t able to deliver in a hostile road environment. The Falcons now fall into a position where they’ll have to fight and scrap to try to grab a wildcard with the Saints winning yet again. TJ Yates (198 total yards, 1 TD) actually looked...
Rookie running back Jacquizz Rodgers, who has caught 15 passes for 121 yards, is a good screen pass runner. (Associated Press)
FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey and quarterback Matt Ryan, in their quest for more explosive plays, have not utilized the screen pass very often this season.
The Falcons have completed 14 of 16 screen passes for 62 yards...
The Falcons laid an egg yesterday in Houston. Matt Ryan was awful yesterday as he completed 20 of 46 passes for 267 yards with 1 TD pass and 2 INTs. He also carried the ball 1 time for 10 yards. Michael Turner had a hard time getting going yesterday as he carried the ball 14 times for 44 yards (3.1 ypc). Jason Snelling pitched in with 2 carries for 16 yards (8.0 ypc) for...