Written by By Namita Bhandari, CNN Published on July 02, 2020
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan held up the franchise record for consecutive games with a touchdown pass — at least for now.
His performance in the team’s 29-21 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night continued to impress. He threw a touchdown pass in each of the first three quarters to put Atlanta ahead of its previous franchise record of 32 straight games with a touchdown pass.
Ryan connected with Roddy White on a 22-yard touchdown pass on Atlanta’s second possession of the second half, while Ricardo Allen intercepted a pass thrown by Panthers quarterback Cam Newton to seal the victory for the Falcons.
Ryan was 21-for-36 passing for 322 yards, his third consecutive game with at least three touchdown passes. He now has 15 touchdown passes this season. Ryan also set career-highs for completions and passing yards.
For the Panthers, Newton threw for 199 yards and two touchdowns.
Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones caught eight passes for 79 yards, his 20th consecutive game with at least seven receptions.
The Falcons, NFC South Division Champions last season, were playing in their first game of the NFL season since reaching the Super Bowl last February. The Panthers won Super Bowl 50 over the Denver Broncos in February.