VIDEO: Remembering When Matt Ryan Threw a Deep Touchdown on First NFL Pass
First passes for NFL quarterbacks go largely unnoticed, because most of the time they aren't memorable. Matt Ryan, on the other hand, started his NFL career with a bang.
Matt Ryan First TD Pass NFL Video
In his first NFL passing attempt, Ryan went deep left to Michael Jenkins, which resulted in a 62-yard touchdown. It was a beautiful ball over the top, which hit Jenkins right in stride. It almost looked like there was no defense on the field.
While this was a terrific way to start a career, Ryan unfortunately did not keep things rolling that day. That ended up being his only touchdown of the game, and he would complete just eight more passes for fewer than 100 yards.
Instead, it was running back Michael Turner that did the heavy lifting for the Falcons that day. Turner finished the game with 220 yards rushing on 22 carries, leading Atlanta to a 34-21 home win.
Looking back on the early part of his career, Ryan had some bright moments, but I'm sure he would like to hit the fast forward button to the point at which he was gifted Julio Jones to his wide receiving corps.
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