A number of key NFL contests went down over Christmas weekend, but it was a stealthy MVP candidate that delivered his team to a potential first round bye. Matt Ryan had a very crisp and clean performance in dismantling the favored Carolina Panthers in Charlotte to put the final dagger in their playoff hopes, while positioning the Falcons (with a surprising Seahawks loss) for they key bye. Overall, Ryan was 27/33 for 277 yards and 3 TD. His 27 throws targeted 10 different receivers which kept the Panthers defense off balance. He's the only QB in the NFL to rate in the top 3 of passing yards, passing TD, and QB rating. His 7 INT are among the lowest for regular QB as well. The Falcons are a dark horse team to unseat the seemingly invincible Dallas Cowboys and if they do, it will be because Matt Ryan slays them. He is our Sportsman of the Week!