After completing 23 of 31 passes for 299 yards, three touchdowns and a rushing touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has been nominated for the FedEx NFL Air Player of the Week Award.
The fifth-year signal caller is in competition with Redskins quarterback, Robert Griffin III and Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. All three quarterbacks had similar numbers as Griffin III completed 19 of his 26 passes for 320 yards and two touchdowns against the Saints and Romo completed 22 of his 29 passes for 307 yards and three touchdowns against the New York Giants.
Ryan had a day to remember as he and the Falcons offense reached and set more than a few new records in organization history. Ryan has now thrown 197 consecutive passes without an interception. That ties the franchise record set by Steve Bartkowski in the 1983 season.
The 40 points the Falcons scored against Kansas City were the most Atlanta has scored in an opening-day game since they scored 47 against the Houston Oilers in 1990. Ryan also finished the game with a passer rating of 134.6, the fifth highest of his career. It was the 24th time Ryan has finished with a passer rating of over 100, and the win Sunday moved the Falcons to 24-0 when he does so.
Every Tuesday through Friday at 3 p.m. ET fans are encouraged to visit NFL.com/FedEx to vote for one of the players nominated during that week. The winners of the awards, both the Air and the Ground award, will be announced every Friday.
A donation of $2,000 will be given to a local area office of Junior Achievement USA. The program is a non-profit organization that helps bring the real world to students through hands-on curriculum, delivered by trained classroom volunteers.