This morning, the NFL announced that it has named Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan the NFC offensive player of the week for his week 16 exploits in Detroit.
This is for very good reason. Ryan was sensational in Detroit, as he threw for 4 touchdowns, completed 25 of his 32 passes for 279 yards, all of which is good for a passer rating of 142.6. He also completed his first 12 passes of the game, and with the final ten completions against the New York Giants, Ryan had completed 22 passes in a row. Had he completed two more passes in that streak, he would have tied the NFL record of 24 set by Donovan McNabb.
Ryan did all of this in the middle of a victory in Detroit, a victory that sealed the #1 seed in the NFC playoffs for the Atlanta Falcons.
This is an honor for Ryan, only hours after being named to the second Pro Bowl of his career. If this season has shows anything, it’s that there’s plenty more NFC offensive player of the week awards for Ryan to be awarded in the rest of his career.