Matt Ryan has Grade 2 sprain
Ryan's Record-Setting Day
Matt Ryan set a Falcons single-game postseason record with his 396 passing yards Sunday against the 49ers. Atlanta has lost three of four postseason games in which it had a quarterback pass for at least 300 yards.
Most Single-Game Passing Yards In Falcons Postseason History
|* Lost game|
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Coach Mike Smith says Ryan will need three to four weeks to recover from the injury, which was described as a sprained AC joint to the non-throwing shoulder. No surgery is required.
An MRI exam on Ryan's left shoulder confirmed a Grade 2 AC joint sprain, a league source told ESPN. Ryan will be in a sling for approximately 10 days.
Ryan was hurt just after the two-minute warning. On a 5-yard pass that Jason Snelling took down to the San Francisco 10, linebacker Ahmad Brooks got a shot on the Atlanta quarterback. Ryan's next two passes were incomplete, sealing the 49ers' 28-24 victory.
Smith says Ryan would've played if the Falcons had beaten the 49ers and advanced to the Super Bowl in two weeks.
Despite passing for a postseason franchise-record 396 yards and three touchdowns, Ryan committed two costly turnovers in the second half.
On Sunday, Ryan said his shoulder was "good enough to go" late in the game, despite his injury.
Information from ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter and The Associated Press was used in this report.