During the NFC Championship game between the Atlanta Falcons and San Francisco 49ers a few weeks ago, Matt Ryan injured his left shoulder late in the game and was unable to continue playing at a high level for the Falcons.
As a result, the Falcons’ offense became stagnant and the 49ers ultimately advanced to the Super Bowl after making an incredible comeback in the second half to get the best of Atlanta at the Georgia Dome.
Heading into the off-season, Ryan’s shoulder injury became a concern. It was feared that the up-and-coming quarterback may have to undergo surgery to repair the shoulder resulting in an extensive rehab process, but fortunately for the Falcons and Ryan, the injury wasn’t has severe as once thought.
Reportedly, Ryan has already made a full recovery from the sprained shoulder according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has fully recovered from the sprained left AC shoulder joint he suffered against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC championship game on Jan. 20.
The 2012 NFL season was another step in the right direction for the Falcons with Ryan posting career numbers across the board and Atlanta only losing three games the entire season resulting in locking up the number one seed in the NFC. Although having struggled against the resurgent Seattle Seahawks led by rookie phenom Russell Wilson, Ryan was finally able to win his first playoff game with the Falcons and came just shy of a first Super Bowl appearance.
In 16 games in 2012, Ryan threw for a career-high 4,719 yards, 32 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. The Falcons face of the franchise also posted the best completion percentage and passer rating of his five-year career in the NFL at 68.6 percent and 99.1.
Although Ryan and company came short of a trip to the Super Bowl this time around, the Falcons appear to be a team that improves year after year and will continue to be a force to be reckoned with in the NFC moving forward.