In recent history, the Falcons have struggled to win in the playoffs. In order to silence the critics and finally enter the tier of Elite QBs, Matt Ryan will need to improve his 1-4 postseason record with a new and improved
Falcons team. But, how can they do this?
The Falcons must do what they have done all throughout the regular season, score points. With a young and inexperienced defense, turnovers may be a luxury. Putting a lot of pressure will be on Matt Ryan and the offense. However, I am not in the least bit worried, seeing as the pressure was on the offense all season. Did Matt crumble? No, he set NFL records along with tying “The Greatest Show on Turf” in total points in a season.
There’s a reason they call him Matty Ice.
Next, the Falcons defense will need to create tough situations for offenses (3rd and longs, sacks on first down, etc.) and force turnovers to try to take some pressure off of Matt Ryan and company. Can they do that? Sure they can. Vic Beasley led the NFL in sacks and Jalen Collins is really starting to prove that he can be a #2 CB. Rookie SS Keanu Neal is only behind rookie MLB Deion Jones for most tackles as a rookie this season and Brian Poole along with some smaller name guys, have been great all season.
Finally, the Special Teams, only a few mishaps come to mind when thinking of them, which is good but no errors can come from this unit during the postseason. Pro bowler Matt Bryant along with reliable Matt Bosher should continue to perform at their expected level, so as long as the kickoff teams and the punt units can handle their jobs, I like the Falcons chances this year in the postseason.