Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan says toe “is fine” after shutout loss, but “it’s been a tough five days”




The attrition he suffered throughout the evening added to Ryan’s excruciating night. Ryan limped off the field in the second quarter after taking a sack from Kyle Van Noy that ended one of the Falcons’ two runs in the red zone. Adding insult to injury, Ryan received a gash on his left forearm on the same play but remained in the match. To compound the insult, Younghoe Koo missed a 50-yard field goal after an illegal training penalty nullified his original mark of 45 yards.

“The toe is fine,” said Ryan, who was in the Falcons’ first shutout since Week 14 of 2015 against the Carolina Panthers. “I think everything will be fine in the future.… I don’t think it impacted the throws and I thought I moved well. So I don’t think it had too much of an impact. . “

Of course, the Falcons were shorthanded Thursday night with Cordarrelle Patterson inactive due to a hamstring injury. As the Falcons leader in scrimmage (776) and total number of touchdowns (seven), Patterson’s absence was felt on a team that only went over 100 offensive yards at the end of third quarter.

“It’s always tough when you don’t have some of your guys there,” Ryan said. “CP has been such a big part of what we’ve done offensively, but we, the rest of the squad, just haven’t done enough to be as productive as we need to be. It’s always tough when the guys are absent, but they never are. an excuse – you have to find a way to get the job done. It wasn’t good enough on the offensive end of the ball. “

Down 19-0, with less than two minutes to go, Atlanta replaced quarterback Josh Rosen as Ryan’s replacement, but that didn’t stop the bleeding. Rosen’s third pass attempt was intercepted by Van Noy and brought back 35 yards from home for the game’s final score. Rosen was then relieved by third stringer Felipe Franks, who threw a pick at Adrian Phillips on his first attempt.

Ryan’s night ended with a 19 of 28 record for 153 yards, no touchdowns and two picks. His passer rating of 51.6 overnight comes days after his passer rating of 21.6 on Sunday. According to NFL Research, this is the first time in Ryan’s career that he has recorded a passer rating below 60 in consecutive games.

Thursday night’s loss also added to Ryan’s winless record against Bill Belichick. Ryan’s record fell to 0-5 against the Belichick-led Patriots, including the playoffs, according to NFL Research. The Falcons as a franchise have lost six straight games to New England since 2000, including the playoffs.

Atlanta’s terrible outing was a continuation of last Sunday’s 43-3 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Having scored just three points in the last eight quarters, the Falcons (4-6) are stuck in the mud offensively and are entering their fourth consecutive season with a losing record.

“It’s been a tough five days offensively,” said Ryan. “I think it’s fair in all areas. We didn’t throw the ball well enough, we didn’t run the ball well enough, I have to be more specific. We all have to be more efficient with what we’re being asked to do in terms of a game plan. So we’ve got a few extra days to dive into what we can do best to move forward and we certainly need to take advantage of that. “