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Matt Ryan reacts to Falcons teammates hyping up his run game

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Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had quite a performance for his squad on Thursday, which included a rather uncharacteristic 13-yard rushing touchdown. Ryan isn’t exactly a running QB, which is why his TD against the Carolina Panthers on Thursday prompted some (relatively) wild celebrations from pretty much the entire Falcons squad.

After the game, Ryan spoke out about how his teammates hyped up his TD, and the 35-year-old admitted that he’s not really sure if they were happy for him or just plain making fun on him:

“I can’t tell if they’re laughing at me or just having a good time and excited for it, but they’re always good when we get them and I think guys get fired up by it showing that there’s different ways to get the job done,” Ryan said, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (h/t Michael David Smith of NBC Sports).

The last time Ryan scored on a rushing touchdown was back in 2018, so needless to say, this was an uncommon occurrence. Be that as it may, we’re pretty sure that his teammates were just glad that they had scored. All in all, Ryan completed 21-of-30 passes for a 281-yard gain. He also added six rushes for 27 yards, and of course, that memorable TD.

Atlanta secured the win on Thursday, defeating the Panthers, 25-17. This was just the second victory of the season for the Falcons, who now stand at 2-6. They will hope to make it back-to-back wins when they take on the Denver Broncos next.