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Friday, January 2, 2009
Ryan needs to start fast

By Pat Yasinskas

Posted by's Pat Yasinskas

PHOENIX --There's no doubt Matt Ryan is a fast starter. The rookie has come on and taken the surprising Falcons all the way to the playoffs. He even threw a touchdown on his first NFL pass.

But the fast-start theme has a more literal meaning. Throughout the season, Ryan was at his best in the first quarter.

Courtesy of ESPN Stats & Information, here's a comparison of what Ryan has done in first quarters and the rest of the time:

Matt Ryan By the Numbers
 1st QuarterRest of Game
Comp % 68.4% 58.4%
Yd/Att 9.4 7.0
TD 5 11
INT 3 8
QB Rating 101.7 82.7