New England Patriots: 5 Most Likely Super Bowl 51 MVP Winners
By Nick Ziegler
2.) Matt Ryan
As the projected regular season MVP, Ryan is certainly a top choice to be the MVP of the Super Bowl. There will certainly be some nerves for Ryan in his first Super Bowl, but he has played fantastic in the playoffs.
In the Divisional Round win against the Seahawks, Ryan totaled 338 passing yards and three passing touchdowns. Even though the Seahawks defense was missing Earl Thomas, it was certainly an impressive showing by Ryan. In the NFC Championship Game against the Packers, Ryan lit up their defense as expected. Against Green Bay, Ryan totaled 392 passing yards, four passing touchdowns, and zero interceptions. The strong postseason backed up a great regular season for Ryan. With nearly 5,000 passing yards and 38 passing touchdowns in the regular season, few teams were able to slow down Ryan.
Despite great games in the playoffs so far, Ryan will be facing a talented Patriots defense. As an underrated group, the Patriots have really caused problems for opposing offenses this season. They do a great job taking away your best player, and Ryan might have to make frequent adjustments in the game.
If the Falcons beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl, Ryan will likely be the winner of the MVP award.