By Adam Spolane

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan will likely be awarded the NFL’s MVP award Saturday night. In leading his team to an 11-5 record in the regular season, the quarterback threw a career-high 38 touchdowns while mixing in a career-low seven interceptions. His opponent in Super Bowl LI, Tom Brady, has noticed.

“He’s had an incredible year,” Brady said Wednesday from the JW Marriott Hotel. “I’ve watched a lot of his games, seen a lot of highlights and they’ve got a great offense.”

After scoring close to 34 points per game in the regular season, the Falcons combined for 80 points in their playoff wins over Seattle and Green Bay in which Ryan threw for 730 yards while completing 71 percent of his passes, throwing seven touchdown passes without an interception.

“Matt’s been incredible for his team, and he’s got them to this point,” Brady added.

This is Ryan’s ninth NFL season, and while he’d been to the Pro Bowl a couple of times before and led Atlanta to the NFC Championship game he’s had a career-year in his second season in offensive coordinator Kyle Shannahan’s offense, and while Brady’s offense is good, he doesn’t want to go toe-for-toe with with Ryan’s.

“You don’t want to get into a shootout with these guys because they’ve got great players, they’re all explosive at all positions, and Matt finds them all.”

“He’s a great player. He’s been great for a long time. They’ve had a lot of great teams, and I really love his style of play.”


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