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2013 NFL Playoffs: Matt Ryan trying to stay sharp

With an extra week off, Ryan says it's important that he keep his timing with his receivers.


Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons are using their playoff bye week to concentrate on themselves and staying sharp. Ryan said he needs to keep his timing with his wide receivers and added that having a pass rush pressuring him in practice will help him stay sharp.

"That’s probably the biggest thing is staying on time with your wideouts," Ryan said. "Also, just having pass rush around you even when you’re not getting hit is something that just kind of helps you stay in rhythm."

With the help of his receivers, Ryan set career-bests in completion percentage, passing yardage, passing touchdowns and quarterback rating. Atlanta finished the regular season sixth in the NFL in passing yards per game, eighth in total offense and seventh in scoring.

Atlanta will host either the Vikings, Seahawks or Redskins in the Divisional Round of the playoffs, and the Falcons could know their opponent as early as Saturday night, which is when Minnesota plays the Packers.

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