ATLANTA — The most important figure of the day was Atlanta’s 20-point win over the Dallas as the Falcons marched to a 27-7 beatdown of the Cowboys. But there were two other, record-setting, numbers that will carry a ton of weight moving forward for this franchise.
Matt Ryan entered Sunday’s contest needing 142 yards to reach the 40,000-yard mark for passing in his career. He was 22 for 29 with two touchdowns and 215 yards, meaning he now sits with 40,073 career passing yards. He’s the 19th player in NFL history to eclipse 40,000 yards through the air. But that’s not the most emphatic mark of the moment.
This Dallas contest was Ryan’s 151st career game, meaning he got to 40,000 passing yards quicker than any other quarterback in NFL history. At 32 years old, with continued health, Ryan can expect many more games to continue climbing the career passing list.
Peyton Manning sits atop the NFL passing list with 71,940 yards. The next three passers on the list are Johnny Unitas (40,239), Joe Montana (40,551) and Kerry Collins (40,922). All three are reachable — putting Ryan in 16th place — by year’s end.
Another Falcons’ player set a record Sunday too, this one Adrian Clayborn, on the defensive side of the ball.
Clayborn had six sacks of Dak Prescott with two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He now sits atop the Falcons’ record book for sacks in a game.
In terms of his place in the NFL record book, Clayborn is the fourth player in league history to record six sacks in a game. He also, according to ESPN, set himself up for a nice financial bump by menacing the Dallas QB all afternoon.