Ryan was hit on his left hip by Panthers safety Kurt Coleman on a third-and-2 scramble from the Carolina 11-yard line late in the first quarter. He picked up seven yards on the play while eluding an attempted tackle from Pro Bowl linebacker Thomas Davis. Ryan didn’t slide and absorbed the hit, which appeared to leave him wincing in pain throughout the game. The play set up a four-yard touchdown run by Devonta Freeman.
Ryan played the remainder of the game. He talked about the hit during his weekly radio show on 680 The Fan in Atlanta.
"He got a good shot on my hip (and) that kind of side area," Ryan said of Coleman. "But I’m feeling good now. I’m feeling a lot better than I was Sunday and (will) be ready to roll tomorrow for practice."
Ryan expressed no regret about trying to pick up extra yards.
"It was, obviously, a play that you have to make, right?" Ryan said. "In a third-down situation, to be able to extend the play and to move the chains with your feet is important, at times. I was close enough to the end zone at that point and had a free enough lane to just keep going."
Ryan, who will close the season against rival New Orleans this Sunday, hasn’t missed a game with an injury since Dec. 13. 2009. That was a home matchup with the Saints during which he was sidelined by turf toe.
Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Ryan did not undergo any follow-up examinations on Monday. Quinn praised his quarterback’s toughness throughout the win against Carolina.
"Yeah, I thought for sure it was one of Matt’s best games," Quinn said. "There were a number of times where he just had to stay in, and some of those moments we call 'no-flinch' where here’s an unblocked guy coming right at you and you’re going to rip a seam route going to (Jacob) Tamme. Those are the kind of moments where your teammates see that, they have that appreciation for you, too. He demonstrated that, I thought, really clearly for everyone yesterday, in terms of that toughness that he demonstrated for all the guys."
In passing for 306 yards against the Panthers, Ryan surpassed 4,000 passing yards (4,257) for the fifth consecutive season. That is tied for the third-longest streak in history behind Drew Brees (10) and Peyton Manning (six), according to ESPN Stats and Info. Tom Brady also just surpassed 4,000 for the fifth straight year.