Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Super Bowl Matchup

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Super Bowl Matchup

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Matt Ryan vs. Pats' secondary

Remember when Matt Ryan was labeled as a playoff bust? Those days are history after what he's done this postseason, leading the Falcons to blowout victories over the Seahawks and Packers on the way to his first Super Bowl appearance.

Ryan was the best player on the field in both games, throwing for seven touchdowns and no interceptions on 53-of-75 passing for 730 yards. But now comes the hard part: replicating that against the Patriots under the brightest spotlight in all of sports.

New England's pass defense was vulnerable at times this season, but they still allowed just 237.9 passing yards per game -- 12th best in the NFL -- and a league-best 15.6 points per game. Remarkably, the Patriots didn't give up a passing touchdown of longer than 25 yards all season. …

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