At halftime Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan has already completed 20 passes, the 17th highest game total of his NFL career. If he can duplicate his first-half 160 yards, he’ll have his second biggest day yet, exceeded by only his performance in the Falcons’ 45-10 caning of the San Francisco 49ers last year. His 71 percent completion rate would also rank among his ten best ever.
The offensive line is doing a brilliant job, other than the one sack allowed to DE Terrell Suggs. DT Haloti Ngata and the rest of the Ravens fierce front seven has been held in check, with Ryan releasing decisive passes on quick drops. He also hasn’t thrown any almost-picks. That’s not a stat, but it should be.
Though he’s thrown one touchdown pass to RB Jason Snelling, he left another on the field by narrowly overthrowing narrow WR Brian Finneran in the end zone. Finn had about nine feet on CB Lardarius Webb, whose name we’ve mentioned at least three times so far. NOTE: that’s not a good thing for Webb.