The former Boston College quarterback has had his share of criticism. Matt Ryan was known as a clutch player in college, his comeback against Virginia Tech throwing two touchdowns in the final two minutes in 2007 caught NFL executive’s eyes.
However, the postseason hasn’t been kind to Ryan and 2012 will the second time in Ryan’s career that the Falcons will have entered as the number one seed. Ryan is 0-3 in the postseason and the pressure is building that he can’t win the big or the one before it either.
"I don't worry about it" he said. "My focus is for this locker room and for the guys and the coaching staff that we're all together. We've worked really hard during the course of the offseason to give ourselves an opportunity to be playing at this time of year.
Really, that's all I'm worried about," according to Ray Glier of USA Today.
Archie Manning, father of Peyton Manning who struggled early in his career in the posteseason, thinks Ryan can get over the hump:
"Peyton went through it at Tennessee because they didn't beat Florida, and (Ryan is) going through it now with his playoff record," said Archie Manning, the father of NFL quarterbacks.
"But this is not Tom vs. Peyton, or Aaron vs. Matt. It isn't tennis. It isn't golf. Ninety to 95% of the time, it's the best team wins, not the best quarterback. You get to the point of labeling people chokers or losers, and that's not fair. It's one of the worst things in sports."