An overwhelming favorite to win the NFL’s MVP trophy, Matt Ryan has been the toast of the league the entire 2016 season. He’s put up some eye-popping numbers and is entering the Super Bowl with 18 touchdowns and no interceptions in his last six games. Although his performance against the Packers in the NFC title game was masterful, a conversation heading into Super Bowl 51 is whether or not Matty-ice can get it done with the pressure on but as his nickname indicates, Ryan stays cool when the heat cranks up.
There are plenty of stats that suggest Ryan is in an elite class among his fellow quarterbacks but let’s take a closer look at his numbers from his two NFC title game appearances and from his three college bowl conquests to see just how well the Falcons signal-caller plays with hardware on the line.
Cold Man on Campus
During his four years at Boston College, Matt Ryan started in three bowl games in which he and his teammates went a perfect 3-0, beating Boise State, Navy and Michigan State. Despite that spotless record, BC covered the spread in just one of those games and didn’t have a winning margin greater than six.
Ryan didn’t have any godawful performances in bowl games and managed a 7:4 touchdown-to-interception ratio. The big takeaway from his college bowl performances, however, is that he always found a way to get the job done and that Boston College went on to lose in all of its next five bowl games.
Nothing to see here
The Falcons’ QB 1 has always taken a businesslike approach to the game and that’s definitely shown in his two NFC Championship Game appearances as Ryan has completed over 70 percent of his passes and thrown eight touchdowns to just one interception in those games. He looked basically flawless against the Packers and no one has really been able to slow him down this year.
If No. 2 can continue to put up clean lines and remain calm, cool and collected, the Falcons have a great chance to hoist their first franchise Lombardi Trophy as they’re 10-0 in their last 10 games when their quarterback doesn’t throw an interception.
Ryan was ultimately unlucky to not get to the Super Bowl in his first NFC title game appearance as he had a great game. It was his defense that abandoned him as they gave up a 17-point lead. With a much better team now surrounding him, Ryan is positioned excellently to knock off Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots.
|2005 MPC Computers Bowl||3||1||52.78||256||W||W|
|2006 Meineke Car Care Bowl||1||2||68.97||242||W||L|
|2007 Champs Sports Bowl||3||1||46.81||249||W||L|
|2012 Conference Championship||3||1||71.43||396||L||L|
|2016 Conference Championship||5||0||71.1||392||W||W|