Quarterback Matt Ryan and All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones had legendary performances in the Falcons’ 48-33 win over the Carolina Panthers Sunday afternoon.
Ryan broke the Atlanta Falcons record the most passing yards in a game with 503 yards. He completed 28 of 37 passes and had four touchdown passes. Ryan’s performance is the 19th 500-yard passing game in NFL history. Also, Ryan had season highs in touchdowns (4) and passer rating (142.0) — highest passer rating and completions (28) against Carolina in his career.
Also in today’s performance, Matt Ryan has thrown for 300+ yards 38 times in his career (five times against Carolina), the fourth time he’s eclipsed the 400 yard threshold and the first time he eclipsed the 500 yard barrier.
One of those touchdowns and 12 of those completions went to Jones, who had a career-high 300 yards today. Julio’s single game performance ranks fourth all-time (since competitive box scores were kept starting in 1960). Flipper Anderson of the L.A. Rams had 337 yards against the Saints (on November 27, 1989), Calvin Johnson of the Lions with 329 (against the Dallas Cowboys October 27, 2013) and Stephone Paige of the Chiefs with 309 (against the San Diego Chargers December 22, 1985).
Julio Jones now has nine games with 160 or more receiving yards. Hall of Famers Lance Alworth (12) and Jerry Rice (11) have had more in their first six NFL seasons.
Moreover, Julio broke the previous franchise record of 259 receiving yards in a single game today. He set that record against the Packers December 8, 2014.
Atlanta scored 45 points or more for the first time in team history in back-to-back games. Also, the Falcons gained 571 yards of total offense today which is also a franchise record. Today, the Falcons had three scoring drives of 90+ yards, the first team to accomplish that feat since the San Diego Chargers October 5, 2014.