Bryant sets Falcons’ scoring record

Published 2:47 pm Monday, October 31, 2016

Bridge City graduate Matt Bryant passed Morten Anderson to become the Atlanta Falcons‘ all-time leading scorer during Sunday’s 33-32 win over the Green Bay Packers in Atlanta.

Bryant began Sunday with 803 career points, three away from Anderson’s record of 806. He kicked a 36-yard field goal to cap Atlanta’s opening drive to tie Anderson and added a 40-yard field goal and three more extra points.

Anderson kicked for Atlanta from 1995-2000 and then returned to close his career with the Falcons in 2006 and 2007.

It took Bryant 103 games to reach that mark; Andersen gained 806 points in 124 contests.

“It’d be awesome,” Bryant said to on Thursday in anticipation of breaking the record. “It’s not something you really set out to accomplish, but when it gets closer, I guess other people will tell you what’s going on. So yeah, it’d be neat to have that feather in your hat, so to speak.”

A 15-year NFL veteran, Bryant is in his eighth season with the Falcons, having also played regular-season games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Miami Dolphins, Indianapolis Colts, and New York Giants.

He kicked a career-long 62-yard field goal in 2006 (with the Buccaneers), which is still the third-longest kick in NFL history. Four kickers are tied for second with 62-yard efforts and the longest, a 64-yard field goal, was kicked by Matt Prater in 2013 for the Denver Broncos.

His No. 99 jersey was retired by Bridge City High School in January 2003.