When the Atlanta Falcons take the field against the New York Giants Sunday afternoon all eyes will be on the quarterback matchup between Matt Ryan and Eli Manning. New York's Manning has had his successes leading his team to a Super Bowl win in 2007.
Ryan hasn't enjoyed that level of success in the playoffs and will be searching for his first postseason win today as Falcons quarterback. In two post season losses, Ryan has completed at least 65 percent of his passes but has never thrown for 200 yards and has also thrown two interceptions in both games.
Despite his limited success, Ryan says that there is no added pressure and that failures in previous seasons don't have an effect now.
"Not that much," Ryan said. "I think the past doesn't really make a difference. We had opportunities; we didn't take advantage of those.
"What matters is we put ourselves in this position again and we have an opportunity to move forward. So, I don't worry about it too much. I kind of just focus on trying to prepare."
For more on this game check out SB Nation Atlanta's breakdown of the Falcons defense vs. the Giants offense. Also check out Wild Card Weekend predictions from SB Nation's NFL bloggers.