Found September 02, 2013 on Gridiron Grit:
PLAYERS: Matt Ryan
TEAMS: Atlanta Falcons
It looks to be Super Bowl or bust for Matt Ryan and the high-powered Atlanta Falcons in the upcoming highly-anticipated 2013 NFL season.  The Falcons head into 2013 having secured the NFC’s No. 1 seed in two of the past three playoffs, including last season’s, when the club finally came away with its first win of the Matt Ryan and Mike Smith era after bowling out of the postseason empty-handed in the first three trips to the playoffs. Perhaps the biggest factor in taking the next step will be the level of continued success from “Matty Ice,” who was on fire last year—as he set career-bests with 4,719 yards, 32 touchdowns (to just 14 interceptions) and a 68.6 completion percentage (connecting on 422 of 615 passes) and led his team to its first playoff win since 2004.  With Roddy White, Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez at his disposal, Ryan, 28, has a good chance to follow in the footsteps of Joe Flacco and the other Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks around the league. [RELATED: Ranking the...

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