Matt Ryan has vintage Falcons performance in Colts victory

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Falcons fans, tell me if you’ve heard this before — Matt Ryan had a fourth-quarter, game-winning drive over the weekend. This time it came for the Colts in the veteran’s first season outside of Atlanta. Ryan has actually posted five fourth-quarter comebacks and four game-winning drives in only eight starts for Indianapolis this season. And on Sunday, he did it again, this time a bit unconventionally.

Ryan scrambled for the longest run of his career on Sunday against the Raiders. Facing a third-and-three from the Colts’ 25-yard line, Ryan took off at 37 years old and ran for 39 yards, the longest run of his career.

To make it even sweeter, Ryan had never totaled more than 39 yards in a game before that moment, let alone one single run.

Following a scare of a fumble from Michael Pittman, Matt Ryan would connect with Parris Campbell for a 35-yard go-ahead touchdown to put the Colts up 25-20, which would be the eventual final score.

Ryan finished 21-of-28 passing for 222 yards and a touchdown through the air and on the ground in Jeff Saturday‘s first game as interim coach. Ryan’s physical ability has certainly declined in recent years, but he’s still doing Matty Ice things late in games.

To make it even sweeter, it was his first game back since being benched for Sam Ehlinger. Saturday made the call to start Ryan on Sunday, and he was rewarded. It was just another vintage Falcons performance from the veteran.
Photographer: Bryan Lynn/Icon Sportswire
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