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Matt Ryan named NFC Player of the Week

1:47 PM, Dec 27, 2012   |    comments
Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons rolls out of the pocket against the Minnesota Vikings at Georgia Dome on November 27, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has earned NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors.

He earned the title after his performance when the Falcons took on the Detroit Lions in Week 16, beating Detroit 31-18.

According to Falcons spokesman Matt Haley, Ryan completed 25 of 32 pass attempts for 279 yards, four touchdown passes and a 142.6 passer rating.

With these stats, the Falcons were carried to an NFL-best 13-2 record with their win over the Lions.

Ryan tied his career high with the four touchdown passes, and his 142.6 QB rating was good enough to tie his second best of his career, said Haley.

Prior to taking on the Lions, the Falcons defeated the New York Giants in Week 15. It was in this game when Ryan set a franchise record by completing 22 consecutive pass attempts. Ryan's 22 completion streak is tied for the third longest in NFL history.

Ryan also made Saturday the 39th multi-touchdown game in his career. Just this season, he has completed 394 of 571 pass attempts (69 percent) for 4,481 yards with 31 touchdowns, 14 interceptions and a 100.2 passer rating. He holds career highs in completions, yards, touchdowns and passer rating.

As Haley reported, Ryan holds the second highest completion percentage in the NFL, third most completions and fifth rank in passing yards, touchdowns and passer rating.

Ryan has helped drive his team to the number one seed in the NFC playoffs and was named to the Pro Bowl for the second time in his career.

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Ryan has now earned Player of the Week honors for the third time in his career, including Week 9 in 2008 and Week 14 in 2011.

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