National Football League
              === Falcons reward Ryan with lucrative extension ===
 Flowery  Branch, GA  (Sports  Network)  - The  Atlanta  Falcons and  franchise
 quarterback Matt Ryan are going to be together for the foreseeable future.
 The  two  sides agreed to a  five-year extension on Thursday, and according to,  it is  worth a  total of  $103.75 million,  with Ryan  receiving $59
 million  guaranteed  and scheduled  to make  $63 million  over the first three
 years of the deal.
 The  28-year-old was  entering the final year of the rookie contract he signed
 back  in  2008, when the Falcons  selected the Boston College product with the
 third overall pick in the NFL Draft.
 Ryan  is coming  off his  best statistical  season, notching  career bests  in
 touchdowns  (32),  passing yards  (4,719) and  completion percentage (68.6) in
 2012 while leading the Falcons to an NFC-best 13-3 record and an appearance in
 the conference championship game.
 During  Ryan's five-year  career, the Falcons have reached the postseason four
 times  -- including  an appearance  in  each of  the  last three  -- and  have
 accumulated a 56-22 regular-season record with him behind center.
 A  two-time  Pro Bowl  selection,  Ryan  has missed  only  two  games and  has
 thrown  127 touchdowns  against  60 interceptions,  while accumulating  18,957
 passing yards.
 07/25 16:50:58 ET