FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. For Matt Ryan, it was a rare admission.
Ryan, whose interview sessions with the media are an effort in self-imposed verbal straight-jacketing in order to divulge as little information as possible, often serves up such platitudes as the next game being the most important and, in response to what it needs to correct, he will say the Falcons simply need to execute better.
So when the quarterback said following the Falcons 34-0 win over the New York Giants on Sunday that last years 24-2 loss to the Giants in the playoffs motivated him, it represented a temporary unveiling of the curtain.
I think for certain guys it does, he said. I think for guys that were around here last year, falling short up there last year provides some sort of motivation and, if guys fed off that, we need more of that moving forward.
Then he was asked specifically about himself.
For me personally, a little bit. You know, I think more so -- rather it being a team, the way it ended last yea...