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    Matt Ryan lifted the Falcons to a first-round bye and into a divisional-round playoff game against the Seahawks, and he lifted himself into the MVP conversation.But do you trust Sebastian Janikowski Jersey him in this postseason or, for that matter, this weekend?Dont feel bad if you dont. There arestill some great reasons not to. Feel free to not believe in him until you see him do it.FALCONS-SEAHAWKS: Picks, predictions, odds Ryancertainly could continue the best statistical season, by far, of his nine-year careerand cro s that last threshold to that category shared by the proven winners. Knocking out someone in that category already, the Seahawks Ru sell Wilson, wouldgo a long way toward doing that.Also up there and potentially in his Super Bowl path: Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger.Yes, its a lofty standard. Thats just how it goes, and building a numerical argument against it is pointle s. Get it done in the playoffs. Or, at least, dont blow it. Dont screw up. Dont make that fatal mistake that sticks to you until you tear it off yourself.Are you ready to believe he can do that when he’s gone this far without doing it yet?Are you more confident in him doing it even than the one rookie in this round of the playoffs, Dak Prescott?The level of belief in Prescott to keep doing what he’s been doing for the Cowboysis all over the place. The number of times Tony Romos Seth Roberts Jersey name came up the final month of the season made that clear. But his benefit of the doubt comes from theseason-long succe s hes had, despite all the speed bumps along the way.Ryan used to have that benefit of the doubt, but he hasthrown a tire too many times to get it easily now. That includes the earlier years, when he wasnt winning playoff games, and the 2012 season, whenthe NFC Super Bowl road went through Atlanta and the Falconsstill lost.Andthis season.MORE: This is Falcons’ coming out partyRyan’soverall play got him first-team All-Pro status, but no one had better chisel him in for MVP because his habit of making that big mistake, giving away a huge game, keeping the Falcons from scaling that last obstacle, popped up more than once. In a very competitive MVP field, no one needs to apologize for holding those moments against him.That Chiefs game, for instance. Art Shell Jersey The pick-six and, worse, the pick-two, weigh on that confidence factor. They should. It was all bad enough to delete the memory of the touchdown drive and pa s that set up the pick-two.The individual accolades will mean nothing if he repeats that at the wrong time. It only takes once.It took once then, and once in the fourth quarter against the Chargers in October, when he threw a fourth-quarter pick in the middle of the Falcons coughing up a 17-point lead and losing in overtime.And once with four minutes left in Seattle the week before that, a pick that led to the Seahawks game-winning field goal. And once in that bizarre no-show by the entire team against the Eagles, in which the Falcons’entire offense was a fourth-quarter bomb to Taylor Gabriel, but also in which Ryan threw yet another late pick.MORE: Ryan knows what (not) todo vs. SeattleThis isnt nit-picking. Do that one time at the wrong time, and you have to live that down until Jalen Richard Jersey the next time. Ryan hasnt been in this spot since, yes, the 2012 season.It will be no shame if he and the Falcons loseto Wilson and two-time Super Bowl participant Seattle. It will be a shame if he loses by doing well, Matt Ryan stuff. Not almost-5,000-yard stuff. Chiefs-game stuff.Believe it when you see it. Not before.

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