Matt Ryan named NFC player of the month

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) passes in the first quarter against the Saints. Associated Press

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) passes in the first quarter against the Saints. Associated Press

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was named the NFC offensive player of the month for November on Wednesday.

Ryan, who hasn’t thrown an interception over his last 165 attempts, guided the Falcons toa 4-0 record in November, including three wins over teams with winning records.

Over that four game span, Ryan has completed 106 of 153 passes (69.3 percent) for 1,001 yards, seven touchdowns and no interceptions.

Ryan compiled a passer rating of 102.3 during the month and led the Falcons on game-winning drives in the final minute of play against Baltimore and Green Bay.

Wide receiver Roddy White was named the NFC player of the month for October.

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Matt Ryan nominated for 2011 PULSE Award

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is one of the five players nominated for the Fan’s Choice “Emerging Player” award. It will be given out at the first annual PULSE Awards,  sponsored by the NFL Players, the licensing arm of the NFLPA.

Ryan is probably hoping that he will not be able to attend The PULSE Awards as they will be held in Dallas on Feb. 3 at the Hyatt Regeny, a few days before Super Bowl 45.

The awards show is designed to honor excellence on and off the field. It will be hosted by CBS Sports’ James Brown (Aside: In college I  kept stats for J.B. and Phil Chenier, back when they were doing games on BET. Before he went BIGTIME!), along with celebrity co-host Jay Mohr.

NFL fans will decide the winners of three coveted awards: “Emerging Player,” “Comeback Player” and “Heart of the Game.” Fans can vote online at up to five times per day now through Friday, Dec. 24, 2010.

Registered voters will also be entered to win prizes including a trip to Dallas to attend the PULSE Awards, have the opportunity to participate in the award presentation, as well as backstage access and autographed memorabilia.

Others nominated for the “Emerging Player” award include St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford, Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews, Philadelphia wide receiver DeSean Jackson and Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman.

The award recognizes a player who has demonstrated a combination of great performance, character and maturity on and off the field, which has distinguished him a rising star of the next generation of football greats.

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December 1st, 2010
7:28 am

I think its great that Matty Ice has been nominated for an award. I also, feel that its great that finally after beating Green Bay that networks are starting to say more about our team. I like the way we are still flying below the radar though we have one of the best records in the league. Congratulations Matt on your nomination but I am sure you would much rather party with the Lombardi in Feb…. Stay focused on the main prize Matt and you will be nominated for every award imaginable….


December 1st, 2010
7:31 am

Why do they put these things so close to the time when it is likely one of these players won’t be able to make it?

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December 1st, 2010
8:16 am

Congrats Mr Ice! Finally some positive press, nevertheless with the falcons denying outside media outs interviews during the week i dont see him winning the country over anytime soon. As fans we just want to be relevant come January.. and this qb has given that back to this town


December 1st, 2010
9:29 am

Out of the other nominees MR2 should win this award hands down. Congrats Matty on the nomination!

I don’t want this team flying under the radar anymore, I want us to go down to Raymond James and kick some Buccaneer butt. No other way about it, win and we will be under flak attack soaring high in the sky, pull up short and the networks will still have us as the lead story………..but it won’t be pretty.

Thru success or adversity our players will maintain an even keel, poise and character, on and off the field.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

December 1st, 2010
9:40 am

Chickenman — The Falcons don’t deny media requests for the Ice Man. He speaks on Wednesdays during the season. There used to be a day when there was much better access. In Green Bay, Favre only spoke on Wednesdays, but he’d ramble on with us for 30 to 40 minutes and not during open locker room. Ryan probably needs to do more with the local media first and then the national media. (For some reason the Falcons seem to think less is more. Don’t understand that.)

The Dogkiller Returns

December 1st, 2010
9:51 am

Finally, a drama-free sports team in Atlanta that WINS!!!

Meanwhile, Thrashers have won franchise record-tying 6 in a row!!!

Has this town finally turned the corner…?


December 1st, 2010
10:12 am

What the heck is a Pulse Award? I’d give someone an award if they could come up with a way to cut down on all the awards. I can’t keep up with them anymore.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

December 1st, 2010
10:43 am

Halsey — NFL Players (licensing arm of the NFLPA — the Union) has come up with a new Award program. We have the ESPYs to thank for this.

Booger Fling

December 1st, 2010
11:09 am

Where’s all the Ryan haters this season? My boy will without doubt lead this team to great things. Looks like Peyton out there running the O…. Love it!

Herm Edwards

December 1st, 2010
11:21 am


“You play to win the game”

Matty Ice show me some playoff wins before you are crowned anything.


December 1st, 2010
12:48 pm

Matt Bryant……………you go man………….!!!

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, Saints cornerback Malcolm Jenkins and Falcons kicker Matt Bryant have been selected as the NFC players of the week.


December 1st, 2010
1:50 pm

MR2 is the man, consistency is a major component in this offense. He’s colder than a polar bears toenails. GO FALCONS BABY.

To Sid: give love to the kicker on your own social page…doosh!

The Dogkiller Returns

December 1st, 2010
2:07 pm

The Herminator is on OUR blog!! We’re honored!

How long before DOL gets called to be on Around The Horn?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

December 1st, 2010
4:00 pm

Today’s “DNP – Did Not Practice — list: Roddy White, John Abraham , Jason Snelling and Antone Smith.


December 1st, 2010
4:11 pm

SR40……………..don’t get your panties in a wad there little lady, this is a Falcons blog.


December 1st, 2010
4:49 pm

How about an article on the NFC Play of the Month award.

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December 1st, 2010
6:11 pm

Where’s “Choke” wasn’t he just piping off yesterday about how Ryan has never won a Player of the Month award? Isn’t it funny how when a detractor says the Falcons haven’t done a particular thing they turn around and do it?


December 1st, 2010
6:16 pm

Well deserved award!

I`ve been a Falcon fan since the start[1966] and this may be the best team of all time. The 1980 team was real good but let Dallas come back and beat them in the playoffs. This team seems to find ways to win no matter what the situation.

I must say that watching the Falcons can be a little heart throbbing at times. But, what a ride it has been so far.

Again, well deserved award. With more to come for this team!

Atlanta Peach

December 1st, 2010
6:21 pm

@Getaway… He’s banned from this site, But he’s on the others ! Won’t be long before he is banned on those sites as well.

Falcons 4 Real

December 1st, 2010
6:22 pm

Congratulations to both Matts for their well deserved honors this week, Watching Ice’s development has been a dream come true, he came to a 4 win team expected to win even less and has instead guided a demoralized franchise to its first sustained winning seasons. His intangibles and leadership are off the chart and I have no doubt we’ll see him in that yellow jacket one day. Coming into the season I thought Bryant was just a stop gap kicker but he deserves as much credit as anyone this year. Kudos Matthews Ryan and Bryant, we’re proud to call you Falcons.


December 1st, 2010
6:23 pm

Many 5 star QB’s have struggled this year and Ryan has done nothing spectacular. He who shall not be named could have gotten this award if his team without cornerbacks had not choked against da Bears.


December 1st, 2010
7:01 pm

Matt Ryan is awesome, he’s our hero, granted. But is anyone else as impressed as I am with Josh Freeman? He doesn’t even have a running game in tampa, and he’s blowing it up. I am going to laugh if the NFC south gets both wild cards


December 1st, 2010
7:06 pm

who was that that got burnt on the td pass to jordy ? was it the same fella dancin around every time he helped out a little on a tackle. save the dancin for the end of the game ! secondary will be the falcons downfall.


December 1st, 2010
7:14 pm

A well deserved honor, for Ryan.
He has played lights out, for more than the last month now.


December 1st, 2010
7:31 pm

Bird Dawg 24
Man, I couldn’t agree with you more about the showboating. I don’t think the league needs to force more rules down our throats, but I DO believe that coaches ought to be kicking some ass over these goofy, unsportsmanlike celebrations. Thank goodness, under Mike Smith, we’ve seen very little of this crap from our guys–unlike GB–even their vaunted QB slammed the ball and thrust his crotch at the Dome crowd after his TD run. Disgraceful. Thanks to Smitty, the staff and the guys for showing respect for the game, the fans and themselves. They’re doing us proud…..


December 1st, 2010
7:35 pm

Halsey wins again with best reply.

yo mama

December 1st, 2010
7:50 pm

BirdDawg24, decoud was covering Jordy, FYI. Whats your point, if Dwight Clark’s catch was interrupted by a Dallas FG at the end, would it still be called “the catch”? Don’t think so, huh? The Packers lost to a better team, their stats are padded by one last ditch play. minus that play, rodgers throws for less than 300, an off game by his standards. Football is about who scores the most. And right now, the Falcons are scoring more than their opponent. Since coming back from injury last year, Matt Ryan is 12-2 with road victories at the Jets, TB, NO, Cleve, and home victories against TB, Ravens, and Packers. Last year Drew “Birthmark”, had a record of 13-3, and a defense rated 25th. He won a Super Bowl, why not the Falcons this year? The “process” is working and I like it.


December 1st, 2010
8:28 pm

Congrats to Matt. Expect more of these….like in December…
Pretty soon, the National media will have to start considering #2 as the MVP.
Need to win some playoff games (is 3 too many?) this year and come back for more next year. In 2011 (If there is a 2011, sigh) if the Falcons are 9-2 again they will be all over the TV.

He wasnt thrusting his crotch toward the crowd. He was pretending to be “wearing the belt” as in one of those big ol WCW championship wrestling belts…..WOOOOOOO.


December 2nd, 2010
12:09 am

D O L – Phil Chenier? Former Bullet hoops player?


December 2nd, 2010
1:39 am



December 2nd, 2010
7:54 am

D. Orlando Ledbetter:

I’m not sure if you watch any of the Falcons Games or not and/or post game commentary, but it sure seems to me that the announcers are basically waiting on the “shoe to drop” for the Falcons. So my question is: What makes a better story for the Falcons – Nationally? One that says, “We’ve said all the while, The Falcons are expected to lose” or “Look at how serious of a team these Falcons have become?” G.Rhone



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December 2nd, 2010
9:39 am

Thanks guys for a great game Sunday! The drive from South Alabama to the Dome was well worth it:-)

Bad new for Flowery Branch Falcons

December 2nd, 2010
10:04 am

Brees is a much much better quarterback. He’s gotten his offensive weapons (Shockey, Thomas and Bush) back and he’s looking for to playing against that defense that Rogers made look like he was playing a seven on seven drill!!!

True Falcon Fan

December 2nd, 2010
10:09 am

“Bab News” – we shall see when that time comes – hope you are here the following day.
Until then TB is Next


NFC Player of the Month!!!

December 2nd, 2010
10:26 am

You keep your so called NFC player of the month. He needs to thank Roddy ” I always push-off” White because he doesn’t get it without that cheap TD at the end of the Ravens game. Call me when he gets Sports Illustrated Sports Man of the Year. Want to read a real story here it is:

True Falcon Fan

December 2nd, 2010
10:29 am

MR2 – WOW ain’t it beautiful! “Matty Ice” yes indeed congrats to you. Many more to follow.



True Falcon Fan

December 2nd, 2010
10:40 am

NFC POTM – i for one supported NO last season on there run especially when i knew ATL was out of the running – So my point is the schedules, as follows: ATL: TB, Car, Sea, NO &&&& NO: Cin, St Louis, Baltimore, ATL —- Please be here the following day the ATL game, don’t be a coward, i promise i will be here, we shall see who the best team is at that time, rest assured!



True Falcon Fan

December 2nd, 2010
10:46 am

NFC POTM – another “Chuck & Duck” coward

Nickname Idea

December 3rd, 2010
2:03 pm

If Turner is “Turner the Burner” amd Ryan is “Matty Ice,” why don’t we refer to the backfield as “Fire and Ice”?


December 3rd, 2010
2:46 pm

“NFC player of the month” is “choke”, he always says Falcons or Ryan hasn’t done this or that, then when they do that he raises the bar, like ryan’s never won the conference, so when he wins that this year, he’ll say, oh he’s never won the NFC, blah blah blah….. hey choke we beat your player of the year, this year, in his house LMAO. I believe the score was 27-24 wasn’t it?