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Matt Ryan and the Falcons are “on to 2017”

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If you can’t beat them, start talking like them.

After a 28-3 lead late in the third quarter became an overtime loss to the Patriots in Super Bowl LI, the Falcons now slide back to 0-0 and try to climb close to the top of the mountain again. And quarterback Matt Ryan suddenly is sounding a lot like the coach who foiled the Falcons’ effort to win their first Lombardi Trophy.

We’re on to 2017,” Ryan said Thursday, via the team’s official website.

“You know, you learn from it, like we did,” Ryan said. “You deal with it, like we did. And then you move forward and you start preparing to try and be the best football team that this group can be. And that’s where we’re at.”

It’s not entirely clear where they’ll be as a team, if the Falcons suffer the same kind of multi-year hangover that the Seahawks are still enduring after having victory over the Patriots melt into defeat.

“Every year is different,” Ryan said. “I think the group of guys that we had down there [in Florida] was a little bit different than we had the year before. But I think the camaraderie is the No. 1 think you take from situations like those. When you get the chance to get everybody away from here — to get some work done on the field, but also to spend some time together, you know, relaxing, just hanging out. Those times are important.”

That camaraderie will be tested in 2017. Even with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan now gone, the other two people whose fingerprints are on the failed effort to convert a first down on the fringes of the red zone into an 11-point lead late in regulation (Ryan and coach Dan Quinn) remain in place. If other players can’t get past that, it will be even harder for the Falcons to get back to the Super Bowl.

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33 Responses to “Matt Ryan and the Falcons are “on to 2017””
  1. RogerThat! says: Jun 2, 2017 6:46 AM

    28-3

  2. tonebones says: Jun 2, 2017 7:42 AM

    If anyone can’t wait to put 2017 behind them, it’s got to be Matt Ryan. I have never seen a player freeze up in a big game the way Ryan did. Ryan is putting it in the past, but he’d love to get a do-over for the 4th quarter. The truth is, he’ll never truly be able to put it behind him. But he’s saying the right things, and he knows that a super bowl win this year is the only thing that will really put last year in the past.

  3. pastabelly says: Jun 2, 2017 8:15 AM

    The defense was gassed and Shanahan was a fool. Allocating anything more than a sliver of the blame pie to Matt Ryan makes no sense.

  4. theandy59 says: Jun 2, 2017 8:16 AM

    The Rams never recovered after losing to New England in SB 36.
    The Panthers took over 10 years to recover after losing to New England in SB 38.
    The Eagles have never recovered since losing to New England in SB 39.
    The Seahawks have apparently still not recovered from losing to New England in SB 49.
    Atlanta’s story has yet to be told, but if history is any indicator, Atlanta will not recover.
    The New England Patriots – shattering “dynasties” since 2001.

  5. ricko1112 says: Jun 2, 2017 8:24 AM

    Just like the Dirty Birds, last year’s Atlanta Choking Chickens were a fluke. See you in another 20 years.

  6. kh221 says: Jun 2, 2017 8:35 AM

    I still can’t believe they lost that game

  7. patsfiend says: Jun 2, 2017 8:54 AM

    Roger That.

  8. alphafantasyfootball says: Jun 2, 2017 9:05 AM

    The defense is more to blame than Ryan. So was the offensive play calling. Ryan is toward the bottom of the fault tree.

  9. jackedupboonie says: Jun 2, 2017 9:14 AM

    Ohhhh this fault tree is newly planted. It will be fertilized and watered well the next season or 2.

  10. churchofthehoody says: Jun 2, 2017 9:19 AM

    “Ryan is toward the bottom of the fault tree.”

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    Agree, to an extent – He still gave up big 4th quarter sacks not getting rid of the ball quick enough and he didn’t do enough as the league MVP to eat up the clock.

  11. joetoronto says: Jun 2, 2017 9:23 AM

    That’s much easier said than done, this is going to be one major hangover.

  12. boxscore20k says: Jun 2, 2017 9:25 AM

    Atlanta’s coaching lost that SB

  13. wib22 says: Jun 2, 2017 9:26 AM

    The Rams never recovered after losing to New England in SB 36.
    The Panthers took over 10 years to recover after losing to New England in SB 38.
    The Eagles have never recovered since losing to New England in SB 39.
    The Seahawks have apparently still not recovered from losing to New England in SB 49.
    Atlanta’s story has yet to be told, but if history is any indicator, Atlanta will not recover.
    The New England Patriots – shattering “dynasties” since 2001.

    ****

    Tainted titles

  14. tylawspick6 says: Jun 2, 2017 9:30 AM

    kh221 says:
    Jun 2, 2017 8:35 AM
    I still can’t believe they lost that game

    10 0

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    I can. The Pats played crap and served them up all kinds of points, but there was plenty of time left.

    The Pats have launched numerous comebacks like that for many, many years in regular seasons.

  15. peytonwantsaflag says: Jun 2, 2017 9:31 AM

    you don’t come back from a comeback like that – ever.

  16. redlikethepig says: Jun 2, 2017 9:38 AM

    Choked on the bone.

  17. stepanup says: Jun 2, 2017 9:39 AM

    wib22 says:
    Jun 2, 2017 9:26 AM
    The Rams never recovered after losing to New England in SB 36.
    The Panthers took over 10 years to recover after losing to New England in SB 38.
    The Eagles have never recovered since losing to New England in SB 39.
    The Seahawks have apparently still not recovered from losing to New England in SB 49.
    Atlanta’s story has yet to be told, but if history is any indicator, Atlanta will not recover.
    The New England Patriots – shattering “dynasties” since 2001.

    ****

    Tainted titles

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    Hey Wib, you forgot one, we have 5 now.

    *****

    Blitz for Six. Buckle up.

  18. factschecker says: Jun 2, 2017 9:41 AM

    tonebones says:
    Jun 2, 2017 7:42 AM
    If anyone can’t wait to put 2017 behind them, it’s got to be Matt Ryan. I have never seen a player freeze up in a big game the way Ryan did. Ryan is putting it in the past, but he’d love to get a do-over for the 4th quarter. The truth is, he’ll never truly be able to put it behind him. But he’s saying the right things, and he knows that a super bowl win this year is the only thing that will really put last year in the past.
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    What are you talking about? Ryan had a terrific Super Bowl. He completed 73.4% (17 of 23) of his passes vs the #1 defense in the NFL. He did have a fumble but heck Brady threw a pick 6.

    When you win it’s not all because of the QB. When you lose it’s not all because of the QB.

  19. factschecker says: Jun 2, 2017 9:42 AM

    Ryans NFL rating in the Super Bowl was 144.1 That’s nearly perfect. (158.3)

  20. ricko1112 says: Jun 2, 2017 9:59 AM

    factschecker says:
    Jun 2, 2017 9:42 AM
    Ryans NFL rating in the Super Bowl was 144.1 That’s nearly perfect. (158.3)
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    Don’t forget the fumble on a play he should have audibled out of.

  21. dsigrey says: Jun 2, 2017 10:03 AM

    The Pats ruined the Seahawks, the team hates each other after losing to them. Now it’s Atlanta’s turn to implode.

  22. weepingjebus says: Jun 2, 2017 10:37 AM

    Been saying it for years, teams fear the Patriots because any loss to them has a non-zero chance of destroying your franchise for a decade. Colts, Texans, obviously the butt fumble Jets.. even the Ravens have flirted with it a few times. Only the Steelers seem immune which is interesting.

  23. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Jun 2, 2017 11:49 AM

    Chokers

  24. bostonpatriots1stfan says: Jun 2, 2017 12:12 PM

    kh221 says:
    Jun 2, 2017 8:35 AM
    I still can’t believe they lost that game
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    Gave you a thumbs up and it also reported your comment.

    Sorry. I wish PFT would move that!

  25. bobthebillsfan says: Jun 2, 2017 12:34 PM

    Everyone says that the Falcons lost that game. I see a game that the Falcons won the first half and the Patriots won the second half and overtime.

  26. bullcharger says: Jun 2, 2017 1:52 PM

    joetoronto says:
    Jun 2, 2017 9:23 AM
    That’s much easier said than done, this is going to be one major hangover.

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    So much has to go right during a season to win a Super Bowl for any team. There are probably 8 teams that could make the Super Bowl from the NFC plus lets say a 50% chance to win the big game.

    Not looking at the talent on each team and their schedules there is probably around a 6% chance for Atlanta to win the Super Bowl, not including the doubt that has crept in from losing the Super Bowl.

    They certainly can make it back to the playoffs because they probably have a 75% chance of that. It is very unlikely that they win the Super Bowl.

  27. bullcharger says: Jun 2, 2017 1:59 PM

    weepingjebus says:
    Jun 2, 2017 10:37 AM
    Been saying it for years, teams fear the Patriots because any loss to them has a non-zero chance of destroying your franchise for a decade. Colts, Texans, obviously the butt fumble Jets.. even the Ravens have flirted with it a few times. Only the Steelers seem immune which is interesting.

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    The Steelers never threatened the Patriots by beating them.

  28. tylawspick6 says: Jun 2, 2017 2:12 PM

    bullcharger says:
    Jun 2, 2017 1:59 PM
    weepingjebus says:
    Jun 2, 2017 10:37 AM
    Been saying it for years, teams fear the Patriots because any loss to them has a non-zero chance of destroying your franchise for a decade. Colts, Texans, obviously the butt fumble Jets.. even the Ravens have flirted with it a few times. Only the Steelers seem immune which is interesting.

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    The Steelers never threatened the Patriots by beating them.

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    What he’s saying is they never completely went off the rails, had subpar seasons, etc, after losing to the Pats.

  29. superpatriotsfan says: Jun 2, 2017 2:17 PM

    Lol Patriots did not have the #1 defense last year. If you take a look at the offenses they played, 9 games were against the bottom 9 offenses in the league. Anytime they played a decent offense, that defense sucked.

  30. tylawspick6 says: Jun 2, 2017 2:18 PM

    bobthebillsfan says:
    Jun 2, 2017 12:34 PM
    Everyone says that the Falcons lost that game. I see a game that the Falcons won the first half and the Patriots won the second half and overtime.

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    The other key factor is NE’s Run D dominated the 2nd half. They gave up 1 run to ATL in the 2nd half, but other than that, the NE D completely isolated Matt Ryan, which then allowed their great secondary to take over and battle defensively through the air.

    So, if you go back and look at the YPC and total yards gained by both RBs, it’s a lot lower than your eyes probably remember. If you take away the 1 big gash run, their run game did absolutely nothing.

    That, tied, with the Pats incredible perfection and efficiency on offense, combined to help them win.

  31. daddeeo says: Jun 2, 2017 2:24 PM

    I like Ryan. They had a heck of a season. I was glad to see it.

    They just ran into the one team in the league who had the talent and drive to use every-second of the game to come back.

  32. mzew233 says: Jun 2, 2017 3:55 PM

    “The New England Patriots – shattering “dynasties” since 2001.”

    I watched a lot of the NFL network during the Draft last month.
    One of their time-filler shows is ‘Missing Rings.’

    Of which the Pats should own one just about every year since 06 or so.

  33. ibillwt says: Jun 2, 2017 9:46 PM

    It seems like every team is trying to sound like the Patriots but it’s more than team-speak and slogans. In the most clutch moments they don’t have that stone cold logic on the sideline and the man with the world’s longest gut behind center.

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