Atlanta's Ryan, Smith have earned spot in history

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

Atlanta's Mike Smith and Matt Ryan already have made history together. With Sunday's victory against Carolina, the rookie head coach/quarterback tandem has paired for seven wins. Baltimore's John Harbaugh and Joe Flacco matched that mark.

That puts the two rookie coach/quarterback combos at the top of the record books. Carolina's Dom Capers and Kerry Collins won seven games together in 1995 to become the first rookie combo to reach seven wins since 1966, or "the Super Bowl era'' as our friends at ESPN Stats & Information call it.

That leaves Ray Perkins and Phil Simms, who won six games with the New York Giants in 1979, in fourth place.