Ryan needs to start fast

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

PHOENIX --There's no doubt Matt Ryan is a fast starter. The rookie has come on and taken the surprising Falcons all the way to the playoffs. He even threw a touchdown on his first NFL pass.

But the fast-start theme has a more literal meaning. Throughout the season, Ryan was at his best in the first quarter.

Courtesy of ESPN Stats & Information, here's a comparison of what Ryan has done in first quarters and the rest of the time: