[caption id="attachment_22734" align="aligncenter" width="448"] Josh D. Weiss / USA TODAY Sports[/caption] Matt Ryan is a quality NFL quarterback. He makes good reads, is one of the more accurate passers in the league, is very comfortable in the no huddle offence and his clutch fourth quarter play has earned him the nickname “Matty Ice”. Since being taken number three in the 2008 draft his numbers have steadily improved each season and he has led the Falcons to a winning record in each of his five seasons under centre. This year he set career high numbers across the board. His 4,719 passing yards, 32 touchdowns and 68.6 completion percentage added up to a passer rating of 99.1. His quality play was the driving reason behind the Falcons posting a 13-3 season to claim the number 1 seed in the NFC and the subsequent home field advantage in the playoffs. Yet for all his quality, he remains much maligned and doubts still linger as to whether he can be grouped in the top tier of current NFL quarterbacks. This is due to the one notable omission from his CV; a playoff victory. Until he claims a postseason win those doubts will continue to linger and the longer the drought lasts, the more vocal those critics will be. So far Ryan has a 0-3 record in the playoffs, and his performances in those games have been less than impressive. He has failed to top 200 passing yards in any of those three games, managing just 548 Yards with a 3/4 TD/INT ratio. Last year against the Giants, the offence failed to register a single point. In defence of Ryan, he has been unlucky in the sides he has come up against. In his rookie season he could hardly have been expected to beat Kurt Warner and the Arizona Cardinals on the road, a side that came within a Santonio Holmes wonder-catch of being crowned the Super Bowl champions that year. Super Bowl champions would be his next two opponents, as his Falcons were felled by the Green Bay Packers and New York Giants in their championship years respectively. So he has been unlucky in the opponents he has come up against postseason and that excuses the 0-3 record, but it does not excuse his personally poor performance. The excuses run out this year. This week’s opponent the Seattle Seahawk, are running red hot but they are not as strong as the sides they have previously met in the playoffs. With home field advantage and the likes of Roddy White, Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez to throw to, Ryan is expected to get the job done. With the Seahawks boasting a tough run defence and the Falcons ranked 29th in rushing offence, there seems little doubt that the result hinges on Ryan’s shoulders, and arm. Great quarterbacks get the job done and if Ryan wants to be considered great then he simply must lead his to victory this week. Speaking of great quarterbacks, Peyton Manning had a 0-3 record in the playoffs after his first three attempts but he delivered on his fourth attempt. The time has come for Matty Ice to do the same.