Very few people will disagree with the idea that Matt Ryan is the best quarterback in the history of the Atlanta Falcons franchise. Over the first 10 years of his NFL career, Ryan has led the Falcons to six seasons playoff appearances, six seasons with double-digit wins, and three division titles. But despite all of that success, Ryan and the Falcons have a history of being sent home earlier than predicted from the postseason (aka “choking”).
In 2010 and 2012, the Falcons were the #1 overall seed in the NFC, but never advanced past the NFC Championship game. In 2016, the season in which Ryan won the NFL’s MVP award after throwing a career-high 38 touchdown passes and 4,944 yards, the Falcons made their first-ever Super Bowl appearance, but infamously blew a 28-3 lead in the third quarter to the New England Patriots, losing said Super Bowl.