Matt Ryan led Atlanta to the playoffs for the fifth time and was named to the Pro Bowl for the fourth time in his nine-year career. He closed out his MVP campaign by setting franchise records with 4,944 passing yards - the 13th best total in NFL history - and 38 touchdowns. He set career marks, completing 69.9 percent of his passes and recorded a 117.1 passer rating.

His 117.1 passer rating is the fifth highest single-season mark in NFL history.

  1. *Aaron Rodgers - 2008 - 122.5
  2. *Peyton Manning - 2004 - 121.1
  3. Nick Foles - 2013 - 119.2
  4. *Tom Brady - 2007 - 117.2
  5. Matt Ryan - 2016 - 117.1

* - Won MVP that season

Ryan recorded a QB rating above 100 in 12 of 16 games in 2016, tying Tom Brady and Steve Young for the second most such games in a single season.

The ninth-year signal caller led the top scoring offense in the NFL, guiding the Falcons to a franchise record 540 points, including five games with 40+ points. The Falcons tying the 'Greatest Show on Turf' Rams for the eighth most points in a single season in league history.

Ryan averaged an NFL-best 9.3 yards per attempt this season. That is the top average since Kurt Warner (9.9) in 2000 and the best in NFL history for quarterback attempting 500-or-more passes. He also led the league with 13.3 yards per completion.

Ryan's 69.9 completion percentage ranked third in the NFL behind Sam Bradford (71.6) and Drew Brees (70.0).

Ryan tossed a franchise record 38 touchdowns against just seven interceptions in 2016. His +31 touchdown to interception differential ranked second in the NFL behind Aaron Rodgers (+33).

Ryan proved to be one of the best deep-ball throwers in the NFL this season. He completed 69 passes of 20+ yards, including 15 touchdown passes. According to Pro Football Focus, Ryan's passer rating on throws 20+ yards down field was a league best 136.1.

Ryan completed touchdown passes to 13 different receivers, which is an NFL record. In total, Ryan completed passes to 15 different players this season.

Ryan set an NFL record by throwing for at least 200 yards in 55 straight games. He also threw for more-than 4,000 yards for the sixth straight year.

Ryan authored one of the league's most prolific offenses, as the Falcons averaged an NFL-high 415.8 yards per game. According to Stats LLC., that is the 18th best single season average in NFL history. Atlanta's 310.0 passing yards per game also led the league.

Ryan teamed up with Julio Jones to become the first teammates in NFL history to post 500 passing yards and 300 receiving yards when the Falcons topped the Carolina Panthers in Week 4.

Ryan completed 28-of-37 passes (75.7 percent) for a franchise-record 503 yards with four touchdowns and a 142.0 passer rating. Ryan connected with Jones for 300 of his 503 yards in that game.

Ryan has been on the NFL's most accurate passers since entering the league in 2008. Since then, he has completed 64.9 percent of his passes which ranks sixth among active quarterbacks - fifth among quarterbacks playing in at least 100 games. This season, Ryan completed more than 75 percent of his passes six times, tying him with Dak Prescott for the most such games in the NFL.

Ryan tossed multiple touchdowns in 12 games, including four TDs in three games. His 12 multi-touchdown games this season ranked tied for the second most in the NFL. Atlanta posted a 10-2 record in those games.

  1. Aaron Rodgers - 13 games
  2. Matt Ryan - 12 games
  3. Philip Rivers - 12 games
  4. Drew Brees - 11 games
  5. Andrew Luck - 11 games

Ryan won NFC Offensive Player of the Month honors for the third time in his career in September.

He guided the Falcons to a 2-1 record in the first month of the season after completing 73-of-103 pass attempts for an NFC-best 70.9 completion rate while throwing for 970 yards.

Ryan earned Player of the Week honors for his masterful performance in a Week 9 win over Tampa Bay.

Ryan tossed four touchdowns in the Falcons, 43-28, win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday Night Football. He completed 73.5 percent of his passes, connecting on 25-of-34 throws, while totaling 344 yards and a season-high 144.7 passer rating. Ryan hit seven different receivers in the game, including touchdowns to four different players.

Ryan picked up Player of the Week honors for the eighth time in his career - a franchise record - after out dueling Drew Brees in the regular season finale in Week 17.

Ryan completed 27-of-36 passes (75 percent) for 331 yards and tied his career high with four touchdown passes. He also posted a passer rating of 139.9, giving him four straight games with a rating above 120 and 12 such games this season – tying for the second most in a single season in league history (according to Pro Football Reference). Ryan’s four TD passes all came in the first half and he completed each of his scoring strikes to a different receiver.

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