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Matt Ryan: Lessons learned, Falcons are pushing forward

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From the moment they blew a 28-3 lead and lost the Super Bowl, the Falcons have been asked how they’ll deal with the lingering impact of blowing a 28-3 lead and losing a Super Bowl.

But after wrapping up their offseason program, and as they head into the break before training camp, quarterback Matt Ryan swears the work they’ve done this spring means the loss is behind them.

We’re already back at it,” Ryan said, via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “When we started as a team in April, we got together before that as players down in Miami. It was time to move on. It was time to look forward.

“Anytime that we kind of dwell on that is wasted time. We have to focus on trying to become the best football team that this group can be.”

Of course, those are the kind of things every team that loses the Super Bowl says, even if no one lost it quite the way the Falcons did. Not since 1993 has a runner-up reached the Super Bowl again, and the Bills have a certain legacy of their own.

But Ryan stresses the changes the Falcons have seen (losing coordinator Kyle Shanahan, among others) as creating a new challenge for his team which will keep them from dwelling on the past.

“But this year’s group is different and this team is different,” Ryan said. “We have to find a way to become the best football team that we can, find ways to get better and improve. That’s what we are trying to do.

“Our focus is what is front of us. We learned a lot from last year. We’ll take those learning lessons with us, but we have to find a way to make this group the best group that we can be.”

And perhaps the more times they say it, more people will believe the Falcons have truly put the Super Bowl collapse behind them.

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21 Responses to “Matt Ryan: Lessons learned, Falcons are pushing forward”
  1. beckzhere says: Jun 19, 2017 7:22 AM

    Glad the team can put it behind them, I’m still dwelling on it.

  2. phantomgremlin says: Jun 19, 2017 7:36 AM

    Thank the deities that Super Bowl 51 ended the way it did. Now fewer people will harp on the ill-advised pass from the 1 yard line that effectively ended Super Bowl 49.

  3. triptomlin says: Jun 19, 2017 8:13 AM

    Easier said than done but if they win it this year all will be forgiven

  4. Susan Imbriale says: Jun 19, 2017 8:33 AM

    They had their chance
    They defeated a beat up Green Bay team
    The Packers were playing DTs on the OL and practice team DBs
    The Packers will be difficult to beat if healthy

  5. aj66shanghai says: Jun 19, 2017 8:34 AM

    phantomgremlin says:
    Jun 19, 2017 7:36 AM
    Thank the deities that Super Bowl 51 ended the way it did. Now fewer people will harp on the ill-advised pass from the 1 yard line that effectively ended Super Bowl 49

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    I think you underestimate the pettiness and poor sportsmanship of Patriots fans

  6. pauldeba says: Jun 19, 2017 8:53 AM

    “Now fewer people will harp on the ill-advised pass from the 1 yard line that effectively ended Super Bowl 49.’

    The dumbest comment of the day. Marshawn Lynch was stuffed the very next 4th and 1 he was handed the ball to keep the game going in overtime.

    and he was stuffed 4 out of 7 times by the Patriots on short yardage plays all day.

    And the Patriots had the goal line defense in that he had virtually no chance to score on.

    Smart call, well executed – just got unlucky that Malcolm Butler had been burned on that play during practice that week.

  7. tonyzendejas says: Jun 19, 2017 8:54 AM

    Matt Ryan will always look like a terrified child, and in the biggest moments will typically act like one.

  8. factschecker says: Jun 19, 2017 8:55 AM

    I think you underestimate the pettiness and poor sportsmanship of Patriots fans
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    LOL!
    I’m a Pats fan (but not like the ones you so accurately describe.) I don’t get why so many are still so angry? We won. They need to get over it and enjoy life. If this is them happy then hate to see them sad?

    I miss the days of civilized sportsmanship. In the old days fans of various teams could openly and honestly discuss their perceived strengths and weaknesses of their favorites teams with each other without all the spite and pettiness. People use to be able to control their emotions. It was kind of expected that you control yourself around others. Not just adults but children too. If we want to make America great again we Americans should look no further than our reflections in the mirror. It all starts with us.

  9. chieftaindawg says: Jun 19, 2017 9:11 AM

    They played a GREAT GAME. Their defense was phenomenal for the first half. Matty looked good up until the fourth quarter and the Hightower sack, and it was all over after that.

    Face it, Brady is a legend, so his will was not going to be denied. We won’t see a player of his caliber come along for a long long time.
    Hate him if you want, but enjoy what he does on the football field, because its pretty hard to make it look that easy.

  10. flakeybiscuits says: Jun 19, 2017 9:25 AM

    You never fail to take a shot at the Bills when you can, PFT. lol

  11. bencoates57 says: Jun 19, 2017 10:07 AM

    I am still wrapping my mind around that. 28-3 lead. 28 to 3. Leads like this are seldom ever surrendered let alone by a Super Bowl qualifier. The previous biggest lead surrendered in history was 10 points by thr Legion of Boom.

  12. harrisonhits2 says: Jun 19, 2017 10:13 AM

    “I think you underestimate the pettiness and poor sportsmanship of Patriots fans”

    Lol funny I always thought “good sportsmanship” included losing with grace, which the Falcons did but the Seahawks and many others certainly have not.

  13. streetyson says: Jun 19, 2017 10:29 AM

    What maybe the Falcons sideline had forgotten as Blank & Co. started icing the champagne early in the 3rd, is that EVERY Pats SB victory has been from behind and Pats held the SB-from-behind record as recently as SB49 when they were down by 10 in the 3rd.

    But I’m not convinced that the lead was all on the Falcons D in the 1st half. Pats fans will tell you that the Pats offense have a bit of a habit of failing to find their rythym in the first half. Then, technically, the Alford interception should have been called back for holding (Bennett was only 2yds from where the ball was thrown and appears to have been the primary option but Brady checked down because Bennett was still being held on the 17yd line, 1yd past the 5yd limit as Brady released). It was Brady’s only ever postseason pick-6 in an incredible 1325 playoff pass attempts (831 completions). Then the refs incorrectly called the Pats for illegal formation on the leap-blocked kick, so the half-time score should have been 13-10 and not 21-3.

  14. grogansheroes says: Jun 19, 2017 10:36 AM

    I was watching Mike Curtis on an NFL show last week. He played on the Colts team that lost to the Jets. He eventually won a Super Bowl, but the loss to the Jets still pisses him off to no end. You never forget a loss like that. Even after he won a Super Bowl, it still rankled him. I still get upset about the 86 Red Sox, and that was 30 years ago.

  15. skimbell says: Jun 19, 2017 10:40 AM

    You don’t put a loss like that one “behind you”.
    Never.

  16. kamthechancellor says: Jun 19, 2017 10:52 AM

    Sherman (torn ligament in elbow), Kam (tore meniscus in practice the week before SB), Earl (torn rotator cuff), Lane (broken arm and torn ACL in first quarter), Avril (concussion)…you didn’t play the Legion of Boom. You played the Legion of Broken. You caught Seattle at the best time to beat them. Congratulations. With both teams at 100%, you never win that game Patriots fans. It won’t go down in the history books that way, but at least have the decency to admit you got a little lucky.

  17. peyton42 says: Jun 19, 2017 10:59 AM

    This team is loaded and young on both sides of the ball, they are going to be fine. They have an outstanding chance to redeem themselves.

  18. ibillwt says: Jun 19, 2017 12:10 PM

    Smart call, well executed – just got unlucky that Malcolm Butler had been burned on that play during practice that week.
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    The Hawks weren’t “unlucky”. Every single Patriot corner and safety was repeatedly drilled on defending that specific play because Ernie Adams recognized the Falcons had used it. They all would have been beaten on it in a game if not coached up ahead of time. Belichick teams don’t always win it but they are always in it regardless of who gets lucky unlucky that day.

    The Falcons? Hard enough to get back to the Bowl without a soul crusher like SB 51. But if they do, I would not pick them as an opponent for the Pats. Ryan has guts and that defense is young and FAST.

  19. thun5der says: Jun 19, 2017 12:25 PM

    Kam, what a wimp you are. Only little boys make excuses. Man up

  20. gschatman says: Jun 19, 2017 3:10 PM

    Falcons players are probably still sick about that loss. Falcons fans are even sicker. That loss to a fan was like death by a thousand cuts. Painful to watch and more painful to endure.

  21. akemp3000 says: Jun 19, 2017 8:29 PM

    As a long time Falcons fan. Pats won. Congrats. Our excuse that 7 of our starting 11 defensive players were 1st and 2nd year players that ran out of gas are pointless excuses. It’s a new year. We’re already a lot stronger and deeper than last year. 2017. Strap it up. Game on!

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