Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was named the 2016 Associated Press NFL MVP on Saturday, beating out New England Patriots quarterback, and Super Bowl counterpart, Tom Brady.
Ryan had a sensational season with the Falcons — and a rather quiet one. He wasn’t expected to come anywhere close to winning the MVP award when the season started, but thrived under offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.
The Boston College alumnus threw for 4,944 yards and 38 touchdowns with just seven interceptions. He’s the first Falcons player to ever win the NFL MVP and was also named the AP Offensive Player of the Year as well.
Ryan led the Falcons to an NFC South title and an NFC title.