When Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan took the football with 25 seconds left to play in Sunday’s divisional-round playoff game and drove the offense 41 yards to set up a game-winning field goal, he set kicker Matt Bryant up to win the game with a 49-yarder.
The playoff win was Ryan’s first in the NFL, after three failed attempts in the four seasons prior. But driving his team down the field late in games is nothing new.
Since taking the reins as Atlanta’s signal-caller, Ryan has led the Falcons on 23 game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime, the most in the NFL since 2008. No quarterback since 1966 has come up with more late-game magic in the first five years of his career.
When a game is on the line and you need an offense driven down the field, Ryan is the guy to call. Ryan is the NFL’s most clutch quarterback.