Matt Ryan: Past losses to Tom Brady have no bearing on this week

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Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has played six games in his career against teams quarterbacked by Tom Brady. And Ryan’s Falcons are 0-6 in those games.

The losses include the Falcons getting swept by the Buccaneers last year, and four Falcons losses to the Patriots. Most famously, Ryan’s Falcons blew a 28-3 lead and ended up losing 34-28 in Super Bowl LI.

But as Ryan prepares to face Brady’s Buccaneers on Sunday, he says it’s not about him and Brady and that the past remains in the past.

“Of course we want to win. It’s not going to make up for that,” Ryan said, via ESPN. “You know, it’s one of those things. It’s part of your past, it’s part of what happened. But it’s got no bearing on this week.”

Ryan said he knows a team with Tom Brady will always be a formidable opponent, but his focus is on the Buccaneers’ defense.

“Regardless of how games shake out, he’s mentally tough and does a great job of staying in the present and operating at a high level,” Ryan said. “So you know you have to be at the same level on your side. But it’s about their defense. The defense they are playing with creates a lot of issues for us and we’ve got to find ways to attack it.”

The Buccaneers are 12.5-point favorites on Sunday, meaning the Falcons are highly likely to drop to 0-7 in Ryan’s starts against Brady’s teams.

46 responses to “Matt Ryan: Past losses to Tom Brady have no bearing on this week

  1. Old Man Tom has been in the Falcons heads his whole career Super Bowl 51 was just the exclamation point to get everyone else to see it besides us Pats fans.

  2. Thats right Matty Ice, the past has no bearing on this game. Mostly bc the Dirty Birds will not go up 28-3, in fact, I doubt the Birds ever have a lead.

  3. Matt Ryan has played well for a long time, but the falcons should have moved on. Sometimes, with both coaches and players, there’s talent there but everyone needs a fresh start. It’s a risk that needs to be taken.

  4. 31 unanswered points in a SB in less than a half a game. It’s like some cheesy Hollywood straight-to-video B-movie. All the Falcons needed at any point was a stop and a field goal and the dynamic of the comeback would have changed completely.

  5. “It’s sometimes easy to forget the Falcons exist, and I live in Atlanta.”

    I know the MLS team plays in the same stadium and sells out every game. Do the Falcons see out all the time?

  6. I think the Falcons would do better if their fans were better at slogans and memes. Matty Ice? Rise up? What is this

  7. somehow this guy deserved a better fate. seems like a good man and no whining, no excuses team leader, had that mvp year no less. I wouldn’t want brady to have lost any rings over it, certainly not that greatest clutch performance in sports history, but ryan deserved to be drafted by a better franchise and get his ring.

  8. logicalone says:
    September 16, 2021 at 7:42 am
    Ryan is going to down as another Dan Marino, great stats but never won anything.

    Ryan is good but he’s nowhere near Dan Marino. More like Dan Fouts.

  9. Platinum Pick of the Week: The Buccaneers (-12.5) over the Falcons. On opening night a week ago, the Buccaneers committed four turnovers and had 11 penalties for 106 yards. Historically, a reliably good team that has a sloppy game will play soundly in its next game. Despite the win, Brady and Arians had that look on their faces when they left the field. The not happy look. Tampa Bay will play well Sunday against a weak Falcon team and cover. Buccaneers, 38-14.

  10. Matt Ryan is right..but.. does everyone in that Stadium believe that same? I don’t think so. They see 28-3.

  11. The last guy thinking about yesterday is Tom Brady. He’s all about now and tomorrow and continuing to make the league pay for passing on him and accusing him of cheating over some air being let out of footballs.

    As long as Brady can walk and throw, he’s going to continue to play as hard as he can to stick it to everyone in the NFL.

    And it doesn’t look like anyone can stop him.

  12. This one is going to get ugly. Brady and the Bucs will do unspeakable things to the Falcons. Hide the women and the children.

  13. After that opening game performance I can’t believe Ryan is seriously contemplating winning ANY game. 32-6 to the Eagles!? And now he’s talking about beating the defending champs?

  14. Brady has slayed all before him. GOAT Best QB in NFL History and no one played as great in the biggest games. Brady is definition of CLUTCH

  15. First down, 4:45 left, on NE 22, up 8. Kneel 3 times, kick GW FG to go up 11. How hard is that? I swear, Tom Brady gets more do overs than me on the golf course.

  16. “It’s sometimes easy to forget the Falcons exist, and I live in Atlanta.”

    I know the MLS team plays in the same stadium and sells out every game. Do the Falcons see out all the time?

    Sellout, no, but they have decent home attendance (90%+ full in the past few years). But it seems more like something to do, a social event attended by fans that expect flashes of decent play but mostly heartbreak.

  17. stellarperformance says:
    September 16, 2021 at 7:27 am

    You don’t beat lucky.

    =========

    Yeah … they scored 31 lucky points in row … but Atlanta’s 28 points in a row (less 1 field goal) were all skill … got it

  18. RE LEE says:
    September 16, 2021 at 7:05 am
    I will never forget SB 51. That’s Brady’s masterpiece. sounds like you already forgo bradys masterpiece? More like jules making an impossible catch to james white who should have been mvp ,danny amendolas clutch catches malcom Mitchells clutch catches ,Hightower’s strip sack ,trey flowers sack it was the greatest team performance in the history of the superbowl .

  19. I still see some Matt Ryan defenders on here. Time to stop the nonsense. He’s been an average or below average QB the past two years regardless of what his stats say. I’ve watched him make terrible decisions in very crucial moments again and again.

  20. It wasn’t Ryan against Brady. And it was never Brady against Manning.

    QB’s play the other team’s defense.

  21. Dude needs some playmakers around him. I realize they got Pitts but if he had a sound running game and a good defense wouldn’t he be a playoff QB every year like he was in his youth? Problem is management saw that he could win games single handedly. Same with Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay. When the team knows they can get by without doing much that’s exactly what they’ll do.

  22. ‘You don’t beat lucky’

    You meant ‘You don’t beat Brady”

    Spellcheck problem I’m sure.

  23. All Devonte Freemon had to do was actually block. All Shanahan had to do was run the ball (although choking leads seems to be in his blood).

    Poor Matt Ryan.

  24. QBs don’t win SBs, teams do.

    —————————

    Pats TEAM needed Brady to produce top offense for 1st round bye, and scored 24 or more in back to back to playoff games to have a chance winning SB, with the cheap squad given by Belichick. Besides, Pats TEAM often needed Brady to stay on field for long long time or deliver winning drives in last 2 minutes.

    Do you know how hard it is to scored 24 or more in back to back to playoff games? Check how often Peyton, Rodgers and Brees were able to do it and how much talents they needed to do it. BTW, Rodgers never scored 24 or more in 3 consecutive playoff games. (Did Peyton ever do it?)

  25. So it is quite delusional that some Pats dreamed of winning SB again with Belichick. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE, because Belichick didn’t know how to draft talents on offense, and his defense is not like all time great defense that shuts down opponents. So even bad teams have chance beating his team.

    Yes, his defense may have great games here and there, like against Chiefs in 2020 regular season, but Belichick needs an offense to score 20 or more easily, and he has no clue how to build offense.

  26. choa says:
    September 16, 2021 at 8:50 am
    31 unanswered points in a SB in less than a half a game. It’s like some cheesy Hollywood straight-to-video B-movie. All the Falcons needed at any point was a stop and a field goal and the dynamic of the comeback would have changed completely.

    —-
    I’m a Pats fan and as great and as improbable as it was, all it took was Dan Quinn and Kyle Shanahan to not allow anything to happen which took Atlanta out of field goal range after they made it to the Pats 22 yard line late in the 4th quarter.

    They convert that field goal and the game is over. You can’t give the greatest QB ever a sliver of a chance, which is what they did there with two plays that took them back to the Pats 45.

    They got what they deserved after that.

  27. billsrthefuture says:
    September 16, 2021 at 12:07 pm
    It wasn’t Ryan against Brady. And it was never Brady against Manning.

    QB’s play the other team’s defense.

    I’ve tried. People here don’t know that. Looks like only one commenter realizes the TEAM effort in SB 51 too. I wouldn’t have given that MVP to Brady. Just the way of the game anymore. Only two people are on the field that matter – and never at the same time.

  28. QB’s play the other team’s defense.

    I’ve tried. People here don’t know that

    ———————–

    49ers offense played less than 27 minutes. When were their defenders worn out by Chiefs fast receivers? second of half of 4th quarter. If Jimmy Garoppolo had been able to play 33 minutes, 49ers would have won even with the 2 INT.

    Every QB has bad time, almost inevitable in playoff. It is very important that the QB can slow down the game when he struggles to keep the damage under control and gives his team a chance to win. NO DEFENSE WILL BE ABLE TO HOLD LONG IN PLAYOFF IF QB STRUGGLES FOR 2.5 QUARTERS WITHOUT TIME TO REST, that is what happened to Packers against Falcons and 49ers. What part of it is so hard to understand?

  29. I truly believe that he’s motivated to beat Brady. Matty ice is just downplaying it but deep down that SB51 loss eats at him and he’s probably sick of hearing it. That’s the Falcons fault for their collapse and providing us with iconic memes and jokes.

  30. Every QB has bad time, almost inevitable in playoff. It is very important that the QB can slow down the game when he struggles to keep the damage under control and gives his team a chance to win. NO DEFENSE WILL BE ABLE TO HOLD LONG IN PLAYOFF IF QB STRUGGLES FOR 2.5 QUARTERS WITHOUT TIME TO REST

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    This is exactly what happened in both of the Pats super bowls vs the Giants. Thanks for pointing that out. Brady had “bad time” and struggled and the offense under performed in both games.

    As great as Brady is/was, he did have some bad games. Both of those SB’s are proof of that.

  31. As great as Brady is/was, he did have some bad games. Both of those SB’s are proof of that.

    —————————

    Do you remember his struggle in first 3 months of 2020, in BA’s “no risk, no biscuit” system? That is exact how he played between 2007 and 2012: lost 2 SB to Giants (though 2nd one might be because of Gronk’s injury), ugly loss to Jets, 14-33 loss to Ravens.

    But when Brady played “taking what is given” offense, he was able to score 24 or more even with much worse WR group; when he struggled, he was able to slow down (37 min against Falcons and 33 minutes against Rams), and never gave opponents good field positions, otherwise Pats would have had no chance. BTW, he played only 27 minutes in SB against Eagles, see how did #5 defense perform?

  32. The Falcons are another team that should have drafted a young QB and start rebuilding. The window has closed with Matt Ryan.

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