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Matt Ryan’s family went incognito in Philly

Maggie Hendricks
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Matt Ryan had an outstanding game during the Atlanta Falcons' 30-17 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. He threw for three touchdowns and ended the game with a passer rating of 137.4. It must have helped that Ryan had a huge cheering section that was easy to hear, but not to see.

Ryan grew up in Philadelphia, and he still has plenty of family and friends who live there. They showed up in force at Lincoln Financial Field, but just to be prudent, they didn't show off their black and red when surrounded by Philly's sea of green. According to CBS Philly:

The Ryans, McGlincheys and Lougherys all concealed their Atlanta black-and-red colors, and their No. 2 jerseys. They know the way Philadelphia fans can be. But you couldn't help but hear them Sunday each time Matt completed a pass and had the Falcons up, 14-0.

Though the Ryan-backers were nearly 60-strong, this was still a smart move. It's not even about the notorious reputation of Philadelphia fans. It's a brave soul who will wear opponent colors to any enemy stadium.

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