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Falcons Vs. Giants, 2012 NFL Playoffs: The Perception Of Matt Ryan As a 'Dome QB' Debunked

For Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons, there are certain questions that will always come up in regards to their ability to play quality football "outside". While the friendly confines of the Georgia Dome has produced an explosive offense for the Falcons, some believe that Atlanta can't play in less that friendly confines that deals with inclement weather.

Well, that would be wrong. Courtesy of Yahoo's Doug Farrar, Matt Ryan is actually a better quarterback outdoors:

Hidden Stat Battle: Matt Ryan vs. public perception. As it has been with most "dome quarterbacks," Ryan has had to overcome the notion that he's some short of hothouse flower who can't thrive in less controlled environs. If you believe that about Ryan, you do so at your own peril. In 2011, Ryan was actually better outdoors - and there's enough of a sample size to make that stick. Ryan was 226 of 368 (61.4%) for 2,642 yards (7.18 YPA), 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions indoors, and 121 of 198 (61.1%) for 1,535 yards (7.75 YPA), nine touchdowns and just three interceptions. You want QB rating? Try 94.2 outdoors and 91.1 indoors.

The weather in New Meadowlands Stadium looks to be in the mid-40's with a 20% chance of rain. Not quite the setting of the temperature-controlled environment of the Georgia Dome, but its something that Matt Ryan and the Falcons could possibly thrive on versus the New York Giants on Sunday.

For more on this game head over to The Falcoholic for all things Atlanta Falcons, and for news on the New York Giants head over to Big Blue View. For more news and analysis on the NFL head on over to SB Nation's NFL news hub for everything you need to know about the 2012 playoffs.

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