Wild-Card Grades: Falcons-Giants
He was unable to generate much in the way of offense in his first two career playoff losses with the Falcons. But Sunday's game, his third in the postseason, was the worst of the bunch. The Atlanta offense was blanked, an especially huge indictment of the quarterback's skills in this pass-happy era of the NFL, and Ryan was completely ineffective. His 41 pass attempts produced just 199 yards (a dismal 4.9 YPA). This after the organization went out of its way to arm Ryan with weapons this year, namely in the controversial draft-day deal to land WR Julio Jones with its top pick. The team obviously expected the move to pay off. This year, and in this game in particularly, it did not.
Ryan's rush came from an empty backfield set that fooled nobody. The series of events was a perfect microcosm of an ineffective and confused offensive game plan against a New York defense that surrendered more regular season points (400) than any other team in the playoff field.