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January 22, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
ATLANTA FALCONS quarterback Matt Ryan sprained his left shoulder in the closing minutes of the NFC Championship Game and won't be able to play in Sunday's Pro Bowl. Coach Mike Smith said Ryan will need 3 to 4 weeks to recover from the injury, which was described as a sprained AC joint to the non-throwing shoulder. No surgery is required. Ryan was hurt just after the 2-minute warning. On a 5-yard pass that Jason Snelling took down to the San Francisco 10, linebacker Ahmad Brooks got a shot on the Atlanta quarterback.
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October 26, 2012 | By Ed Barkowitz, Daily News Staff Writer
THE FALCONS like to pass first and ask questions afterward, but they are not some high-flying, chuck-and-duck team. Atlanta is throwing the ball about three times more per game this season, compared with last season. Three times. The difference is that Matt Ryan is throwing it more efficiently, and that, along with a favorable schedule, is why the Falcons are off to a 6-0 start. Atlanta was 3-3 at this juncture last season and 4-2 in each of Ryan's first three seasons as a starter.
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January 14, 2013 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Staff Writer
ATLANTA - Sometimes, one game can change everything or it can change nothing. For Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, Sunday's dramatic 30-28 win over the Seattle Seahawks has forever put an end to The Question. The what's-it-like-to-have-never-won-a-playoff-game question. Now, people can move on to more weighty questions, like, "Hey, Matt, what's it like to have never won a Super Bowl?" And maybe that one is headed for the trash bin soon as well. For Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, only time will tell whether Sunday's loss, in which his unit gave up 417 yards and 24 first downs and allowed Ryan to complete two late passes that set up Matt Bryant's game-winning 49-yard field goal, had any impact on his chances of becoming the Eagles' next head coach.
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December 20, 2014 | By Ladd Biro, For The Inquirer
Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 16 of the 2014 season. Watch 'em roll Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons at Saints. Julio Jones (hip) should be back, but even if he's not, Ryan will take full advantage of New Orleans' generous secondary with the other weapons at his disposal. He tore up the Saints in Week 1, as has virtually every other offense that faces this defense. Even Jay Cutler managed to toss two TDs against this bunch. Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers vs. Browns.
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August 19, 2009 | By DAVID MURPHY, dmurphy@phillynews.com
ATLANTA - He seemed to be the perfect quarterback for the city, a Southern kid in a Southern town, an African-American in a metropolis where more than 60 percent of the population shared his skin color, but, most of all, an unconventional quarterback with breathtaking athleticism for an organization that was in dire need of something fresh. Now, only 2 years later, he is gone, replaced by a new prodigy, and a new brand of excitement, one noticeably lacking in the foibles that came as part of the Michael Vick package.
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January 15, 2013 | Associated Press
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - A slip of the tongue gave away Atlanta coach Mike Smith's focus. Smith was just starting his review Monday of the Falcons' 30-28 win over the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC divisional playoffs when it became clear his thoughts were on this week's NFC championship game against the San Francisco 49ers. "We knew the San Francisco Forty ... excuse me, the Seattle Seahawks, were a very good football team and they showed a lot of resiliency," Smith said before smiling after catching his verbal miscue.
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October 24, 2012 | BY TED SILARY, Daily News Staff Writer
WHILE HE stirred no memories of his famous cousin, Mike McGlinchey last Friday lifted the number of high school pass-throwers in the maternal portion of his family to six. Considering his height (6-9) and weight (275), he also likely became the biggest kid in city history to whip one downfield. McGlinchey, a senior at Penn Charter who's bound for Notre Dame, did not text or call Matt Ryan, the PC/Boston College product now creating a NFL-wide buzz for the Atlanta Falcons, about his chance to rack up passing yardage.
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January 14, 2013 | By Paul Newberry, Associated Press
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons needed more than one "Matty Ice" to turn back the greatest comeback in NFL playoff history by Seattle. After the top-seeded Falcons squandered a 20-point lead over Seattle in the fourth quarter Sunday, Penn Charter graduate Matt Ryan completed two long passes to get in range before Matt Bryant kicked a 49-yard field goal with eight seconds remaining to give Atlanta a 30-28 win over Russell Wilson and the gutsy Seahawks...
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August 27, 2007 | By Tom Wiedeman FOR THE INQUIRER
When Mike Ryan heard the news in July, he called his son immediately. ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. had just named Matt Ryan, Boston College's starting quarterback, as the second-best signal caller in the country, making this summer afternoon feel "a bit like it was Christmas morning" to the proud father. His son's reaction? "Well, looks like we've got a little work to do. " It was an appropriate response from the lightly recruited, three-sport captain at Penn Charter, who has turned himself into the Atlantic Coast Conference preseason player of the year and one of the area's best chances at a homegrown Heisman Trophy winner since Abington High School's Eddie George took home the prize at Ohio State in 1995 and Overbrook High's Ron Dayne won in 1999 while at Wisconsin.
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January 21, 2013 | Associated Press
ATLANTA - Make way, Joe Montana and Steve Young. Colin Kaepernick is leading a brash new group of 49ers to the Super Bowl. Frank Gore scored a pair of second-half touchdowns Sunday, and San Francisco, after falling behind by 17-0, pulled off a record rally for a 28-24 victory over the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC championship game at the Georgia Dome. Former Penn Charter star Matt Ryan completed 30 of 42 passes for 396 yards and three touchdowns for Atlanta, but couldn't pull off a comeback the way he did two Sundays ago against Seattle.
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November 22, 2015 | By Ladd Biro, For The Inquirer
Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 11 of the 2015 season. Watch 'em roll Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons vs. Colts. Coming off their bye and playing at home, Ryan and his receivers are rested and ready to exploit the generous Indy secondary. Darren McFadden, RB, Cowboys at Dolphins. Tony Romo will be back, which will force the opponents to respect the pass again. Meanwhile, the Dolphins sport a Swiss cheese run defense, so McFadden should have plenty of lanes to run through.
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September 18, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
BILL DAVIS is a guy who has been the beneficiary of the doubt throughout his two years as defensive coordinator, and Monday night's 26-24 loss to the Falcons offered further opportunity to afford him such courtesy. But before we attempt to talk ourselves through his unit's 2015 debut, let's start with an observation that nobody can dispute. The Eagles had the second-best defense on the field in its season opener, and for most of the night the competition was not close. This observation is important because the first best defense on the field belonged to the Falcons, a team that last season was every bit as bad as the Eagles, and arguably worse.
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September 17, 2015 | Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
IT IS STILL not time to panic over kicker Cody Parkey, Chip Kelly said yesterday, and cornerback Byron Maxwell's problems in the season-opening Atlanta loss boiled down to inconsistent technique. It might be a little hard to take either declaration totally at face value. Parkey, last season's Pro Bowl rookie sensation, missed a 44-yard go-ahead field goal Monday night, with 2 minutes, 32 seconds remaining in regulation. He missed two of seven field goal attempts in the preseason, along with an extra point from the new, 33-yard distance, before sitting down with a groin injury that Parkey says is now healed.
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September 15, 2015
IF THE EAGLES don't score three or four touchdowns tonight, I'll be shocked. If their pass rush can't pressure Matt Ryan enough to keep the defense from being killed by the deep ball, I'll be surprised. So I think the Eagles will win. But if they lose a sloppy, high-scoring opener to what looks like it'll be a decent team, in the Georgia Dome, where Ryan has been very hard to beat, with Sam Bradford playing well and staying healthy, well, life would go on. Prediction: Eagles 30, Falcons 23.
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September 12, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the early 2000s, Chip Kelly was the offensive coordinator at New Hampshire and spent part of his summers as a counselor at Boston College's football camp. One of the campers was a tall, slender high school prospect from Penn Charter. His name was Matt Ryan. Kelly and Ryan met each other then, with Ryan creating a reputation as a three-star recruit and Kelly still a little-known college assistant. Kelly did not have much of a chance of recruiting Ryan - "He wasn't really looking at the New Hampshires and the Delawares and the Villanovas at that time," the Eagles coach said - but both tracked each other's careers.
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September 11, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
LESEAN MCCOY said this week in a GQ interview that he didn't really consider DeMarco Murray competition "as far as the best backs. " Murray, the Dallas free agent the Eagles signed after they traded McCoy to Buffalo, didn't seem too ruffled by that yesterday. "At some point you've got to move on with your life and career," said Murray, the NFL's leading rusher in 2014, after McCoy led the league a year earlier. "I never worry about what someone else says about me, good, bad , ugly . . . I can't control what someone else says about me. It's funny.
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March 24, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
After a stellar freshman season, Temple quarterback P.J. Walker took a step back in 2014, a campaign that was marred by an ankle injury. That's why the hiring of quarterbacks coach Glenn Thomas is among the most significant offseason developments for a team looking to improve on its 6-6 record. Thomas, 37, comes with strong credentials and high expectations. For the last seven years he was an assistant with the Atlanta Falcons, including the last three as quarterbacks coach. If Walker can revert to his freshman performance, Temple could continue its improvement in coach Matt Rhule's third season.
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December 20, 2014 | By Ladd Biro, For The Inquirer
Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 16 of the 2014 season. Watch 'em roll Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons at Saints. Julio Jones (hip) should be back, but even if he's not, Ryan will take full advantage of New Orleans' generous secondary with the other weapons at his disposal. He tore up the Saints in Week 1, as has virtually every other offense that faces this defense. Even Jay Cutler managed to toss two TDs against this bunch. Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers vs. Browns.
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October 25, 2014 | By Ladd Biro, For The Inquirer
Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 8 of the 2014 season. Watch 'em roll Matt Stafford, QB, Lions at Falcons. With just one 300-yard outing (in Week 1) and only nine passing scores in his first seven games, Stafford has been a huge disappointment. It doesn't help that Calvin Johnson has been gimpy or absent for much of that time. But Stafford will be facing a very generous Falcons pass defense when they square off in London. Whether or not Megatron suits up, Stafford should prosper.
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October 21, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
BALTIMORE - As far as first six seasons of an NFL career go, the list of quarterbacks with more regular-season wins than Matt Ryan is short. Exceptionally short. It reads: Flacco, Joe. The only two current NFL starting quarterbacks from the Philadelphia area will forever be tied as the only players at their position drafted in the first round of the 2008 draft. Both experienced early success, Flacco, from Audubon, N.J., earning Super Bowl MVP honors two seasons ago and Ryan, the pride of Exton, claiming rookie of the year and making four postseason appearances in his first five seasons.
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