Atlanta Falcons Jake Matthews races against time to play Carolina Panthers after the birth of son

Atlanta Falcons left tackle Jake Matthews wins his race against time to play against Carolina Panthers after the birth of his son on Thursday morning… as owner Arthur Blank flies him to Charlotte on his private jet!

Atlanta Falcons left tackle Jake Matthews is expected to play in Thursday night’s road game against the Carolina Panthers after winning his race against time after the birth of his son.

Matthews, 30, flew from Charlotte, N.C., to the Atlanta area on Thursday morning after his wife, Meggi, went into labor.

The baby was born in the afternoon so the Falcons began working on getting Matthews back to the team before game time.

His wife, Meggi, wrote on Twitter: ‘Baby boy is safely delivered and @jakematthews70 is safely delivered to the plane to Charlotte. RISE UP Atlanta Falcons!!!! I did my best Falcons fans’. 

Falcons left tackle Jake Matthews played the Panthers Thursday after the birth of his son

The NFL Network reported that Falcons owner Arthur Blank was sending his private plane to Gainesville, Ga., — located about 50 miles northeast of Atlanta — to pick up Matthews and bring him to Charlotte.

Matthews has missed just one game in his nine-year NFL career and that absence was in Week 2 of his rookie season in 2014. He has since played in 141 consecutive games, counting five postseason contests.

Matthews was a Pro Bowl selection for the Falcons in 2018. He was the sixth pick in the 2014 NFL Draft out of Texas A&M.

He is the son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews, a 14-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman who played for the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans from 1983-2001.

Matthews ultimately made back to the locker room a little over an hour before game time.

Atlanta would go on to lose the game 25-15 even though Matthews was able to return in time to start and play his normal amount of reps.

It was not a complete waste however as he was able to extend his streak of consecutive games started to 137 games, which is the longest active streak in the NFL.