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I'm predicting another January loss for Matt Ryan and the Falcons.
Yes, Falcons fans. I’m ranking Matt Ryan No. 6 on this list. How could I possibly place him higher?
The other five quarterbacks ahead of him have all won playoff games. Ryan is 0-3 in such contests, and you have to wonder if the lack of postseason success has gotten into his and the Falcons' heads.
I’m not taking anything away from the incredible regular season that Ryan just put together, as he threw for 32 touchdown passes and over 4,700 yards. He was a major reason that the Falcons clinched home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs for the second time in three years.
However, despite Ryan’s success from September through December, the narrative all season long for the Falcons has been to win games in January, and Ryan’s playoff record leaves much to be desired.
In his three previous postseason starts (again, all Falcons losses), Ryan has yet to throw for over 200 yards, and he has just three touchdown passes against four interceptions.
The white-hot Seattle Seahawks, and their “Legion of Boom” secondary, don’t exactly present the ideal opponent. They have the physical corners in Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner to match up with Falcons wide receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones.
I’m picking Seattle to win on Sunday. Because of his spotty playoff record thus far, I can’t trust Ryan more than the other quarterbacks on this list.
OVERALL CONFIDENCE LEVEL: 60%