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1 minute ago, Karst41 said:

I guarantee you the Mr. Ice feels the same.

I know he does. That's why I wrote it. We need a win in this town. An award is not a win. Getting here is not a win.  I argued politely with a co-worker that I don't want a loser parade if we come up short. Only a winning parade. This city is not some timey anymore. A win is all that matters. Get the win. I'll always love my Falcons, since '78 but this city needs to act like getting there is not our end game. I am sick for the Title. It's our time. We need this. I do. 

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6 minutes ago, Black Francis said:

I know he does. That's why I wrote it. We need a win in this town. An award is not a win. Getting here is not a win.  I argued politely with a co-worker that I don't want a loser parade if we come up short. Only a winning parade. This city is not some timey anymore. A win is all that matters. Get the win. I'll always love my Falcons, since '78 but this city needs to act like getting there is not our end game. I am sick for the Title. It's our time. We need this. I do. 

This is the culture of the team under Ryan, and Julio too.

We have not heard one word from Julio, except for support to all the players who Matt throws the ball to.  Julio knows it gets the team a W and Team is all that matters.

 

 

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This may only be interesting to me but anyways.  In 2008 at a preseason game vs the Titans, I had a conversation/argument with a Titans fan in front of me.  Basically he was talking about Vince Young being the Rookie of the year.  I remember telling him that Matt Ryan would be the rookie of the year this year.  Now although Vince Young and Cam Newton are not the same player I find it interesting that Matt Ryan wins the MVP with his QB style the year after Cam Newton wins the MVP with his QB style, similar to Ryan and Young and their Rookie of the Years.

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3 minutes ago, Karst41 said:

This is the culture of the team under Ryan, and Julio too.

We have not heard one word from Julio, except for support to all the players who Matt throws the ball to.  Julio knows it gets the team a W and Team is all that matters.

 

 

Julio is Alabama. He's used to winning. He expects it. So do I at this point.  It's our time to start a legacy. I believe in this team. More than ever in my life. Since '78 like I  said. The win is the only thing that matters. 

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14 minutes ago, Black Francis said:

I know he does. That's why I wrote it. We need a win in this town. An award is not a win. Getting here is not a win.  I argued politely with a co-worker that I don't want a loser parade if we come up short. Only a winning parade. This city is not some timey anymore. A win is all that matters. Get the win. I'll always love my Falcons, since '78 but this city needs to act like getting there is not our end game. I am sick for the Title. It's our time. We need this. I do. 

Did you see the reaction from every member of the Falconss from the owner on down when they won the NFCCG? It was all about "one more", "not finished yet". The whole team was focused on winning the super bowl, the NFCCG was just a step along the way.

 

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From NFL.com, the announcement of Ryan as MVP:

HOUSTON -- For the second straight year, a previously maligned NFC South quarterback has earned the MVP trophy. 
Matt Ryan just hopes his Super Bowl Sunday goes better than it did for Cam Newton last season.

The Associated Press chose the Atlanta Falcons quarterback as the league's MVP Saturday night at NFL Honors,
capping an incredible season stuffed with big plays and bigger statistics. Ryan earned the honor over Tom Brady, Ryan's adversary in the Super Bowl,
presumably because Brady had 12 games of excellence instead of Ryan's incredible full season. 
Ryan received 25 votes for MVP while Brady finished second with 10.

Ryan's transformative season dates all the way back to the offseason. Falcons receiver Julio Jones said this week that Ryan's deep ball was noticeably stronger after Ryan's offseason workouts in Florida, with extra yardage on a "pretty deep ball." 
That translated into a season in which Ryan led the league in virtually every big play category, from yards-per-attempt to plays over 40 yards to completion percentage on passes over 20 yards. 
Ryan finished with 4,944 yards, 38 touchdowns and only seven interceptions.

There was no question that Ryan felt more comfortable in year two of offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's system. 
The Falcons offense did a a great job mixing up looks, often at their most dangerous when four or five receivers were on the field.
Ryan did an excellent job reading defenses, adjusting to what they do, and finding the open receiver. Julio Jones has always been great.
Ryan helped make Jones' supporting cast better than ever this season.

Ryan's pocket movement also stood out. Like Brady, Ryan has become a master at naturally feeling the pass rush and buying extra time to throw. 
Many of his defining plays came from a collapsing pocket, picking up a long-yardage situation with a tight window throw. Ryan did some of his best work against his toughest competition like Seattle (twice) and Denver.

Atlanta's offense ranks statistically among the greatest in NFL history. A big performance by Ryan on Super Bowl Sunday would put him in rarefied air of all-time quarterback seasons.
Not since Kurt Warner in the 1999 season has a quarterback won MVP and the Super Bowl in the same season. Ryan has thrown 18 touchdowns with zero interceptions over his last six games, the Falcons averaging 39 points-per-game in that span.

Often criticized in his career for untimely interceptions, even by Falcons fans, Ryan forever changed how his career will be viewed with this MVP season.
Win one more game on Sunday night, and he'll go from afterthought to all-time legend in one calendar year.

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6 minutes ago, falconidae said:

Did you see the reaction from every member of the Falconss from the owner on down when they won the NFCCG? It was all about "one more", "not finished yet". The whole team was focused on winning the super bowl, the NFCCG was just a step along the way.

 

Yes I did.  That's me now. So I'm on board their train. Win now. We're here now. Next year is not promised. I love this team. I know they get it.  As a life long fan, I get it too. That's where I'm at.  As a fan. Tomorrow is huge.  Now is the  time. I believe in this team. This city...My city. My hometown from back in the day. The folks that grew up here, like me and my getting old brothers are ready to explode. I don't need philosophical made up narratives about anything at this point. Fuk an award. We need this win. 

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