Ryan quickly becoming 'money' player

Second-year quarterback's third-down accuracy demoralizes Carolina's defense

Originally Published: September 20, 2009
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

ATLANTA -- If it's true that third down is "the money down," as several Atlanta Falcons veterans emphasized after Sunday's hard-earned 28-20 victory over the archrival Carolina Panthers, then second-year quarterback Matt Ryan must be worth a million bucks.

The NFL's reigning offensive rookie of the year completed 21 of 27 passes, including 13 straight at one point, for 220 yards and three touchdowns, with only one interception, as the Falcons moved to 2-0 for the first time since ...

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