Falcons QB Matt Ryan fastest player to reach 40k passing yards in NFL history
In what has been a topsy-turvy season following a Super Bowl appearance, reigning league MVP Matt Ryan led the Atlanta Falcons to their fifth win of the season on Sunday in a convincing 27-7 win over the Dallas Cowboys.
During the process, Ryan also surpassed another significant individual milestone in his career by becoming the fastest in league history to reach 40,000 passing yards, according to ESPN.
Falcons QB Matt Ryan has reached 40,000 career passing yards faster than any other QB (151 games)
Broke Drew Brees record by 1 game
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 12, 2017
Ryan topped New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees by just one game after he broke that mark that was previously held by Hall of Famer Dan Marino, who accomplished that impressive record in only 153 games played. The 32-year-old is also the just 19th quarterback in NFL history to garner more than 40,000 career passing yards.
In his 10th season, Ryan has established the reputation as being one of the league’s best passers as he’s currently on pace to throw for more than 4,000 yards for the seventh straight season. He could potentially pass the likes of Hall of Famers Johnny Unitas (40,239) and Joe Montana (40,551) along with Kerry Collins (40,922) to move up to 16th all-time before the end of this season.
Although this is another major accolade in his career, Ryan’s focus is centered on bringing the Falcons back to the Super Bowl. The Falcons currently sit two games behind the Saints for the NFC South division lead and have a tough Week 11 matchup against the Seattle Seahawks on tap.