The next touchdown Matt Ryan throws will tie him for first in franchise history with 154, putting him at the top of the franchise charts in passing touchdowns and yards. The longest TD pass in Falcons history belongs to Bobby Hebert, whose 98-yard TD in the fourth quarter of a game against the Saints in 1993 went to Michael Haynes. Ryan is third on that list with a 90-yarder, a play that many of you will likely remember. Here are the five longest touchdowns of Ryan’s career and the GIFs that tell the story.
5) 80 yards, 11/17/13: Julio Jones and Roddy White combine to account for seven of Ryan’s 10 longest TDs, but with Harry Douglas seeing extra passes last season because of injuries, he makes the list. Douglas’s catch-and-run TD came in the third quarter against Tampa and it demonstrates the damage Douglas can do with a reception across the middle.
4) 80 yards, 11/25/12: There are three plays tied on this list at 80 yards and this one is a beauty. This one also came against Tampa and also was in the third quarter. Ryan connected with Jones on a deep pass outside the numbers and Jones hauled it in, breaking a tackle on the way to the end zone.
3) 80 yards, 11/6/11: This 80-yard TD came in Jones’ rookie year and it was one of the first major plays we saw Jones make. It came in the second quarter and it gave us glimpses of what was to come for Jones. He caught a short pass over the middle, made a few defenders miss before he got into the open field and outran everyone.
2) 81 yards, 9/15/13: Jones appears on this list three times and it’s for good reason. He’s an athletic freak and his return to the field in 2014 is anxiously awaited. Before he injured his foot last season, Jones was on pace for a monster season and this 81-yard TD in Week 2 against the Rams is becoming the kind of play we anticipate from Jones. Incredibly similar to No. 3 on this list, Jones catches the pass just inside the numbers, broke one tackle and just ran away from everyone.
1) 90 yards, 10/11/09: In 2009, the Falcons faced the 49ers and it may have been Roddy White’s best game ever. He caught eight passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns, including this 90-yard play in the second quarter. White simply beat his man to catch the pass, turned and ran away from everyone. White would also have a game-saving forced fumble in the fourth quarter.