Playoff Comparison: Matt Ryan vs Joe Flacco

Being a Falcons fan, or an NFL fan for that matter, you know that the assumption of Matt Ryan in the playoffs is that he "chokes". Well, it's essentially the opposite for Joe Flacco, if you watch any media coverage, Flacco is deemed as "clutch" in the playoffs. These assumptions however, are based off one thing and one thing only, Win/Loss record. At face value, the above assumptions seem correct; Matt Ryan is 1-4 in the playoffs while Joe Flacco is 9-4. But that's where people go wrong. The Falcons are 1-4 in the playoffs, not just Matt Ryan. The Ravens are 9-4 in the payoffs, not just Joe Flacco. So let's dive in and take a closer look at the QB's performances in the playoffs, rather than a team win/loss record.

Matt Ryan

2009 vs Arizona

65% Completion

199 Yards Passing

2 TDs, 2 INTs

2011 vs Green Bay

68.9% Completion

186 Yards Passing

1 TD, 2 INTs

2012 vs New York

58.5% Completion

199 Yards Passing

0 TDs, 0 INTs

2013 vs Seattle

68.5% Completion

250 Yards Passing

3 TDs, 2 INTs

2013 vs San Francisco

71.4% Completion/

396 Yards Passing

3 TDs, 1 INT

Average Playoff Performance

66.4 Completion

246 Yards Passing

1.8 TDs, 1.4 INTs

Not exactly the stats of a choker if you ask me. Matt Ryan only had one game where his completion percentage was below 60%, and that number as 58.5%.He only has one game with a negative TD/INT ratio, and his average yardage is sitting at a solid 246. His average TDs are a little low however, coming in right under 2 a game. Let's move onto Flacco.

Joe Flacco

2009 vs Miami

39.1% Completion

135 Yards Passing

0 TDs, 0 INTs

2009 vs Tennessee

50% Completion

161 Yards Passing

1 TD, 0 INTs

2009 vs Pittsburgh

43.3% Completion

141 Yards Passing

0 TDs, 3 INTs

2010 vs New England

40% Completion

34 Yards Passing

0 TDs, 1 INT

2010 vs Indy

57.1% Completion

189 Yards Passing

0 TDs, 2 INTs

2011 vs KC

73.5% Completion

265 Yards Passing

2 TDs, 0 INTS

2011 vs Pittsburgh

53.3% Completion

125 Yards Passing

1 TD, 1 INT

2012 vs Houston

51.8$ Completion

176 Yards Passing

2 TDs, 0 INTs

2012 vs New England

61.1% Completion

306 Yards Passing

2 TDs, 1 INT

2013 vs Indy

52.1% Completion

282 Yards Passing

2 TDs, 0 INTs

2013 vs Denver

52.9% Completion

331 Yards Passing

3 TDs, 0 INTs

2013 vs New England

58.3% Completion

240 Yards Passing

3 TDs, 0 INTs

2013 vs San Francisco

66.6% Competion

287 Yards Passing

3 TDs, 0 INTs

Average Playoff Performance

53.8% Completion

208.8 Yards Passing

1.46 TDs, 0.61 INTs

Flacco had one of the best postseasons a QB has had in quite sometime. His 2013 playoff campaign saw him with an amazing 11/0 TD to INT ratio. But it's his stats before this last postseason, that bring his numbers down

Yards Per Game Winner: Matt Ryan

Completion Percentage Winner: Matt Ryan

TDs Per Game Winner: Matt Ryan

Least INTs Per Game Winner: Joe Flacco

Conclusion: We have a much smaller sample size for Matt Ryan, he having played 8 less playoff games than Joe Flacco. But from the games we do have, Matt Ryan HAS performed better than Flacco in the playoffs. Now, where Matt Ryan has been pretty steady in his playoff numbers, Flacco is scared by his below average performances in the playoffs prior to this season. However, both QBs did experience their best postseasons number wise this past postseason. Now my point in all this isn't so much to shout, "Hey! My quarterback is better than yours!" It's simply to show that teams win and lose games, not QBs all alone. Look at Flaccos 34 yard, 40% completion game against the Patriots in the 2010 playoffs, they won that game 33-14. Look at Ryan's 396 yards, 71% completion game against San Fran. He threw for 3 TDs that game and only 1 INT and we still lost. So make of this what you will, but I'm a numbers guy, and numbers say Matt Ryan has been better in the playoffs than Flacco.

<em>This FanPost was written by one of The Falcoholic's talented readers. It does not necessarily reflect the views of The Falcoholic.</em>

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