It didn't end the way he wanted, but Matt Ryan just turned in one of the best playoff runs in NFL history. Here's why:
- Ryan's 135.3 passer rating during the playoffs was the second-highest ever during a single postseason (min. 60 attempts). Additionally, it was 31.5 points higher than any only quarterback earned this winter.
- His 144.1 rating in SBLI was the fourth-highest in a Super Bowl, and his 139.4 rating in the NFCCG was the third-highest in a conference championship game (min. 20 attempts in each).
- By shining against Seattle, Green Bay and New England, Ryan became one of three NFL quarterbacks to record a passer rating of 120 or higher in three straight playoff games. He also became one of five NFL QBs to complete 70 percent or more of his passes in three consecutive postseason matchups.
- Ryan is the only NFL quarterback to throw for 1,000-plus yards and a completion percentage of 70 or higher in a single postseason.
- Ryan's 10.35 yards per throw rank second all-time in a playoff run (min. 60 attempts).
- The 31-year-old became one of 10 quarterbacks to throw 60-plus passes and zero interceptions in a single postseason.
- Ryan finished with nine touchdown passes in his last three games. Only eight times has a QB thrown for more in a playoff run.
- On passes targeted 20-plus yards downfield, he completed eight of 12 attempts for 185 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions.
- Just like in the regular season, Ryan was incredibly effective when running the play-action. After faking a handoff, he connected on 12 of 19 throws for 308 yards (a 16.2 average) and a touchdown.