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Ryan facing different questions after dismal year

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By PAUL NEWBERRY
AP Sports Writer

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - For Matt Ryan, there are none of those annoying questions about his playoff record.

Now, everyone wants to know if the Atlanta Falcons can recover from their worst season since he was in college.

Ryan and the Falcons went 4-12 a year ago after nearly making the Super Bowl the previous season. With little help around him because of injuries and a leaky offensive line, Matty Ice was saddled with a one-dimensional offense. That was a big reason he had unwanted career highs in pass attempts, interceptions and sacks.

As Ryan heads into Sunday's season opener against the New Orleans Saints, the expectations in Atlanta haven't been this low since his rookie season in 2008.

The Falcons made the playoffs that year.

Ryan is confident they can do it again.

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