FLOWERY BRANCH – The Falcons have played in the Eagles in each of the past two years, but Matt Ryan and Michael Vick have not been on the field at the same time.
In the 2009 meeting, Ryan missed the game with a turf toe injury. Vick, was in his first season back in the league after serving his sentence in the notorious his federal
dogfighting case. He came on late in the 34-7 Eagles victory to score on a 5-yard run and throw a 5-yard pass to Brent Celek.
Last season, Vick was injured and never showed up on the sidelines for the game at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles gave some bizarre reasoning that didn’t matter much after they’d won 31-17.
On Sunday, Vick and Ryan are expected to meet in their first showdown: past vs. the future, old franchise quarterback vs. the new franchise quarterback.
Here’s the tale of the tape:
Matt Ryan Category Michael Vick
6-4 Height 6-0
217 Weight 215
Boston College College Virginia Tech
3rd overall, 2008 Draft 1st, 2001
26 Age 31
33-15 (.687) Record 47-31-1 (.601)
0-2 Playoff record 2-3
1,550 Attempts 2,147
947 Completions 1,197
.610 Comp. Percentage .557
10,699 Passing yards 15,383
66 Passing TDS 97
35 Interceptions 58
86.6 *Passer rating 80.2
275 Rushing yards 4,825
2 Rushing TDs 32
47 (all starts) Games played 98 (80 starts)
1 Pro Bowls 4
* Passer rating doesn’t include Game 1 of 2011 season.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog