Seahawks vs. Falcons: Matt Ryan Will Choke vs. Seattle Defense

Josh SchochAnalyst IIIJanuary 10, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 11:  Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons runs off the field after being defeated by the New Orleans Saints 31-27 at The Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 11, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Matt Ryan has had some problems in the NFL playoffs in the past, and a matchup against the Seattle Seahawks isn't going to help.

The Atlanta Falcons are 0-3 in the playoffs since Ryan took over as the starting quarterback. He has thrown just three touchdowns and four interceptions, and averages just 194.7 yards per game.

Ryan has failed to live up to his nickname of "Matty Ice" in the postseason, and rookie quarterback Russell Wilson, who he will be opposing Saturday, has already won more playoff games than he has. In fact, Wilson was ranked ahead of Ryan in terms of playoff trustworthiness.

The 27-year-old has been having easily the best season of his career, setting new career highs in completions, attempts, yards and touchdowns.

However, we have to take these stats with a grain of salt, as he played one of the easiest schedules I've seen in a while. He only played against two playoff teams, both of which were on cold streaks at the time, and he still struggled against the Denver Broncos.

Ryan and the Falcons have yet to play a defense as good as Seattle. The Seahawks rank sixth against the pass and 10th against the run. The team will completely negate Atlanta's 29th-ranked rushing attack, which will put the game on Ryan's shoulders.

Would you trust him?

Ryan has never shown that he can come up clutch in the big games, and Seattle is hot.

After holding the Washington Redskins to just 99 yards passing, the team's defense looks ready to hold Matt Ryan in check as well. While those numbers are skewed because Robert Griffin III got hurt, the team's secondary still looked impressive after a slow start.

Ryan and the Falcons are also entering the playoffs on a cold streak of their own. The team finished the regular season by going 2-2 after a 11-1 start, and Ryan failed to throw for 300 yards in any of the last three games.

These struggles came against the New York Giants, Detroit Lions and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who rank 28th, 14th and dead last in the NFL in passing yards allowed per game, respectively.

Now that Atlanta must deal with such a tough defense, we will see Ryan struggle mightily, as the Seahawks cruise to an upset over Falcons.

Playoff Wins: Russell Wilson 2, Matt Ryan 0.