Falcons Football Player Rushes From Birth of First Child to Make Kickoff

Jake Matthews, the Atlanta Falcons’ left tackle, arrived in Charlotte at the Carolina Panthers’ stadium on Thursday, November 10, just in time for the kickoff after the birth of his firstborn earlier in the day, according to the Falcons.

Meggi Matthews reported that the couple’s baby boy was “safely delivered” and that her husband was “safely delivered to the plane to Charlotte” for the Falcons’ game.

Video posted by NFL reporter Mike Garafolo on Thursday, which he said was captured in Charlotte, North Carolina, shows the football player and new dad running to the locker room.

The Carolina Panthers beat the Atlanta Falcons 25 to 15. Credit: Mike Garafolo via Storyful

Video transcript

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- There you go, Jake.

- Congratulations.

- Thank you.

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- There you go, Jake.

- Congratulations.

- Thank you.

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- There you go, Jake.

- Congratulations.

- Thank you.

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- There you go, Jake.

- Congratulations.

- Thank you.

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- There you go, Jake.

- Congratulations.

- Thank you.

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- There you go, Jake.

- Congratulations.

- Thank you.