Matt Ryan’s 2016 season was one for the ages.
Not only did Ryan power the Atlanta Falcons to a Super Bowl appearance, he earned the league’s MVP award in a landslide.
It’s not difficult to see why the voters favored Ryan over other all-time great quarterbacks like Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers, both of whom had magnificent seasons in their own right. Ryan’s play was simply so outstanding that it was impossible to deny he was the best passer in the NFL, leading its most potent offense.
Here’s two stats from the analysts at Pro Football Focus that provide more proof of Ryan’s greatness.
According to PFF, Ryan had the highest passer rating in the NFL on plays when he had a clean pocket to work with, besting Brady’s rating by nearly six points:
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Ryan also had the league’s highest passer rating on non-play action calls, once again beating out Brady by several points:
Brady is considered by most people to be the top quarterback of this generation, if not the best all time. This was also arguably Brady’s best individual season of his career. In the end, PFF gave Brady a near-perfect 99.3 overall rating for the year. Ryan ranked second at QB with a 93.5.
Even still, Ryan beating out a better-than-ever-Tom-Brady in a number of different categories proves he’s a worthy MVP.
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