Matt Ryan grew up just outside of Philadelphia and he went to school at Boston College, which plays its games outdoors. He’s no stranger to playing QB in cold weather. However, it has been a while since he has had to deal with the cold.
This season, the Falcons played in a dome 12 times. The only game that had the potential for anything close to uncomfortable weather was in Charlotte on Dec. 11, but temperatures were around 50 degrees during game time.
Last season, they also played in Charlotte in December, with game time temperatures up around 50 once again. They also traveled up to Seattle in December, but game time temps were up over 45 degrees.
In 2009, the Falcons played at the Meadowlands twice, once late in November against the Giants in 50+ degree weather (a 34-31 OT loss), and once against the Jets on December 20th. The average temperature that day in North Jersey was 25.2 degrees. Ryan’s numbers in that game:
16 for 34 (47%) for 152 (4.5 YPA), 1 TD, and no picks for a 69.7 passer rating. The Falcons won, 10-7.
In 2008, the Falcons’ late season road games included trips to Minnesota (dome), New Orleans (dome), San Diego and Oakland.
Here’s the weather forecast for East Rutherford this Sunday. The colder the better for the Giants, in my opinion, but unfortunately for the Giants, it looks like a high of 45 degrees on Sunday with a 0% chance of rain. Something to keep an eye on as we get closer to game day.