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Predicting the Super Bowl LII MVP

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 31: Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons warms up prior to the game against the Carolina Panthers at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 31, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 31: Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons warms up prior to the game against the Carolina Panthers at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 31, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)
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The NFL playoffs are different and so is the Super Bowl LII MVP quarterback Matt Ryan as he leads the Atlanta Falcons defying the odds in the first of their three games on the road to Minneapolis.

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and the 2018 Super Bowl MVP finally slays his demons and his Goliath. The page turns bookmarking the Falcons path not only to live another week but also to pursue the glory that once slivered through their fingers.

If the Atlanta Falcons and karma would have their way, Ryan gets a reprieve and finds that his bad dream was, in fact, a bad dream, but this time he knows exactly how much time is on the clock. Who’s coming from the left, who’s open, which direction he’s throwing the ball, and precisely how much speed, velocity, and force must be applied to land the dagger and seal the victory.

Perhaps, if Ryan is honest with himself, one year later, he’d admit there have been three powerful forces driving him —  anger, revenge, and winning. This time, on the NFL’s greatest stage, the three forces, though non-existent last year,  will work seamlessly, driving him as he refuses to concede.

And so, when the clock winds down, his confetti covered teammates will lift their quarterback like a stage diving rock star and carry him off into a champagne euphoria. Of course, Ryan understands one man can’t do it alone. And so, he does his part and the defense does the rest. Ranked 25th last year, the Falcons are a much faster and relentless 9th ranked defense in 2017-18.

Atlanta is the real MVP

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Not only does Ryan and Dan Quinn’s world-class rugby defense want revenge, but so does the entire city of Atlanta, all five counties, inside and outside of the perimeter and everyone from 85 North to 85 South. The birds are dirtier, hungrier, angrier and filled with the revenge that only winning will satiate.

Why all the emotion, you ask?  Because no one expected them to make it past the Los Angeles Rams in this weekend’s Wild Card matchup, and most importantly –in a Samuel L. Jackson’s voice—Rise up, it’s payback time Jack.

Undoubtedly, if there were a New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl LII rematch, it would be a game worth its weight in Lombardi gold.

But first things first, the Falcons must respect a Philadelphia Eagles team eager to prove themselves at home on their terms.

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