Falcons' Matt Ryan named 2016 NFL MVP

Tricia Pearson
February 6, 2017

Saturday was a special night for the Falcons organization. An unlucky linebacker has the inevitable task of following him onto the lonely island. Some of that has to do with the Patriots' scheme, which involves a heavy amount of help on his side with tight ends and running backs. "It's amusing to see because guys get so confused when we're out there". This should be an offensive shootout, and the Falcons need to make sure that it will be. There's no shortage of them. If Matt Ryan gets this team in a rhythm, can the Patriots stop them?

He set an National Football League record by throwing touchdowns to 13 different receivers throughout the season.

So the Patriots are doomed, right? So Belichick, coordinator Matt Patricia and the Pats will set out to prove the superior defensive mind is conducive to greater big-game success. The offense is much better than before averaging 33.8 points a game. When Philadelphia ran the ball all day on the Falcons back in November, it kept Atlanta's offense off the field and the Eagles won easily. Just ask Peyton Manning about the fearsomeness.

And, according to NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport, Julio Jones will need surgery on his toe in the offseason. "It's nearly like a clone", Wayne said.

Broncos all-pro cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Chris Harris got a first-hand look at why the Falcons are so hard to defend.

Of course, neither of them will actually partake in the game itself.

Ultimately the team fell in the Divisional Round against the Green Bay Packers on some late Aaron Rodgers' heroics, but the season gave a strong indication that Dallas may be the team to beat next season. Ryan, taking another shot at former GM John Idzik, said: "We talked about trading to get him".

The thing is, not only must the Falcons play man but they must also rush effectively with only minimal pass rushers. You have to hit him, pressure him and force throws into coverage or this game will be over before it starts.

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"For me, early on I just tried to go in and do the job the best I could", Ryan said last week about following Vick. "If they do, we have Taylor Gabriel, we've got Mohamed Sanu. To watch the pressure be on Matt, the pressure be on myself and to see how we handled it, it's not all fun, it's not all easy". "It's really just pick your poison". Brady torched the Seahawks, the NFL's top-ranked defense, for 328 yards and four touchdowns while completing 75 percent of his passes.

Nelson finished with 97 catches for 1,257 yards and 14 touchdowns to lead the NFL.

The two didn't cross paths until a 2009 game in Foxborough, and that amounted to a hello and handshake.

Ryan had the best regular season of his career. Ryan's deep ball was almost unstoppable.

"He's going to have to fight boredom", Wayne said.

The Falcons didn't hire Ryan in 2015; the Bills did. We'll find out soon enough. They met at Boston College when Marshall played starting point guard for the women's team.

Ryan, who's been nicknamed Matty Ice for a reason, seems like a player capable of overcoming the odds.

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