Throughout Matt Ryan’s nine in the NFL, there has been criticism from many pundits that Ryan is good but simply not great enough to win big games. That story might have been partially true when Ryan was 1-4 in the playoffs in his career.
The 2016 NFL season did a lot to change that narrative. After winning an NFC South title and most valuable player award, Ryan led the Falcons to big wins over the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers. He did not just win those two playoff games he dominated them. He threw for over 700 yards, 7 touchdowns, and completed over 70% of his passes. He even ran for a touchdown against Green Bay.
Even in a devastating Super Bowl loss, Ryan still had a 144.1 quarterback rating, two touchdown passes, and completed 73% of his passes. His playoff record of accomplishment went from uncertain to outstanding in those three games.
Throughout his career, his regular season stats also back up his hall of fame worthy playoff stretch. Throughout his nine seasons, he has a better completion percentage than Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Dan Marino, and John Elway. His passer rating is second to only Peyton Manning during that span.
The old saying says you need a super bowl ring to solidify your hall of fame career. Ryan might not have that just yet, but neither does Dan Marino. Ryan’s numbers are quite a bit better through nine seasons. If Ryan continues this pace throughout his NFL prime, there will not be any argument against him as a lock for the Hall of Fame.
Josh Schultz is a staff writer for Pro Football Spot’s Atlanta Falcons Coverage. Follow Josh on twitter @draftblackboard and on his Facebook page: Josh Schultz, Pro Football Spot.