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One-time Boston College hero Matt Ryan faces the challenge of his NFL career in January.
The most of America, Matt Ryan is better known as “Matty Ice”, the engineer of the Atlanta Falcons’ high-powered offense, the possible MVP, whose preparing for a January that he hopes will vanquish the doubts that exist about his ability as a big-game quarterback. But before Matt Ryan was in Atlanta, he belonged to Boston College. So in this month of January when we first focus on college football and the BCS National Championship, and then move to the NFL playoffs, BST&N’s Vintage Athlete of the Month is Matt Ryan, with the focus on his college years.
Ryan was born, grew up, and played high school football in eastern Pennsylvania, but he had BC blood in his family—his uncle, John Loughery, had been a quarterback for the Eagles from 1979-82. Uncle John started in 1980, but was eventually replaced by an up-and-comer named Doug Flutie. Little did Loughery know, that he would one day have a nep...
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Atlanta QB Matt Ryan led the NFL with a 68.62 completion percentage in 2012.Fantasy Spin:He finished just ahead of Denver's Peyton Manning (68.61). Ryan is headed to the Pro Bowl for the first time in his five-year career after setting new career-highs in yardage (4,719), touchdown passes (32) and QB rating (99.1). His excellent play this season helped guide the Falcons to a...
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-9) traveled to Atlanta and beat the Falcons (13-3) 22-17. The Bucs handled the Falcons pretty easily and gained some self-respect heading into the off season. Even though the Falcons lost, they did not lose anything from this loss except for a little respect for themselves heading into the playoffs.The one bright spot for the Falcons in this game was...
The Bucs were hoping to bounce back against St. Louis last week following a blowout loss to the Saints the previous week. Unfortunately that did not happen and Josh Freeman had another bad game. Facing lots of scrutiny in his young career, he and the team are hoping to end the season on a high note at Atlanta. However, the Bucs may not see Atlanta’s best team on the field as they...
The Bucs wanted to end the season with a win and snap a five-game losing streak. After beating the Falcons on Sunday 22-17, they did just that and gave some sense of optimism for 2013. The Falcons put their starters in for the entire game even though they had the number one seed locked up for the NFC playoffs. On the other sidelines, Tampa Bay played their best football in all three...
Matt Ryan refused to accept the rationale for why the Falcons were not motivated for their last regular-season game.
Sure there was nothing for them to gain, having secured home-field advantage through the NFC playoffs. Yes, the opponent was Tampa Bay, which had lost five straight. Plus many fans - who knew all this - decided to stay home, leaving empty seats and a lack of pregame...
Game time: Sunday at 1 p.m. ET
Win or lose, the Atlanta Falcons will finish the season with the NFC's best record.
Still, given their lack of playoff success with Mike Smith as coach and Matt Ryan under center, the South champs definitely don't want to head into the postseason on a down note.
The Falcons will try to match a team record for wins and finish 8-0 at...
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will play against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. FOX will carry the game which is scheduled for a 1 pm EST kickoff from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA.
The game could be considered meaningless. Atlanta is guaranteed to go into the playoffs as the top seed in the NFC, win or lose. Tampa Bay was eliminated from the playoffs weeks ago and has lost their last...