VIDEO: Remembering When a Saints Defensive Tackle Destroyed Matt Ryan With a Stiff Arm

Tristan Jung
Matt Ryan took a stiff arm to the face from a New Orleans Saints defender.
Matt Ryan took a stiff arm to the face from a New Orleans Saints defender. / Carmen Mandato/Getty Images
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The first half 2019 Atlanta Falcons season was a massive disappointment, and no play summed it up better than Matt Ryan getting taken down by a crushing stiff arm against the New Orleans Saints.

The Saints-Falcons rivalry is one of the fiercest in American pro sports. With the Falcons 3-8 and the Saints 9-2 heading into a primetime Thanksgiving matchup, Atlanta fans were already preparing for the worst.

During the last stages of the third quarter, the Falcons found themselves down 20-9. Matt Ryan dropped back on first down and tried to throw a checkdown pass. Unfortunately for Ryan, it fell into the arms of Shy Tuttle, who made the interception and rumbled back down the opposite direction. Ryan tried to make a tackle, but he was destroyed when Tuttle stiff-armed him to the ground.

Ryan's attempt at a tackle was brave, but it led to a hilarious outcome. Tuttle's interception set up a Saints field goal and ultimately a 26-20 victory. The Falcons actually won every game they played after this, but this stiff arm would be the low point of Ryan's season, figuratively and literally.


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