Matt Ryan watched Super Bowl LI meltdown three times after OT loss
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan admits he is still struggling to get over the team’s historic meltdown in Super Bowl LI, one that ended in a stunning New England Patriots’ overtime victory.
The Falcons of course blew a 28-3 lead as the Patriots mounted an improbable comeback that began in the third quarter. Ryan, arguably a glutton for punishment, claims to have watched the meltdown for three consecutive days in the immediate wake of the heartbreaking loss.
“No, I watched it,” Ryan said, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I watched it a day after. I watched it two days after and I watched it three days after. For me, it was one of those things where you kind of want to be able to deal with it appropriately.
“Maybe, that’s different for everybody. Some people bury it away. Some people (do) whatever. … For me it was ‘all right, let’s watch. Does it feel the same way it felt as we were going through it?’”
Much of the criticism for the Falcons blowing such a huge lead centered on the play-calling decisions by the Falcons coaching staff, mostly due to an over-reliance on the passing game as the lead was squandered.
Ryan disagrees with the contention the Falcons should have ran the ball more, saying the team simply was going with what worked throughout the season.
Ryan admits he was left “numb” over the stunning meltdown. And even though it will be difficult to get over the loss, Ryan believes the Falcons will be fine going forward.
“I think everybody is going to be really hungry to get back there,” Ryan said. “Because, the one thing that I’m proud of, we have a young team, and we were ready to play. We played well. We were right in the mix.
“We fell a little bit short, but we should have every bit of confidence that we are going to be right back there next year getting a different outcome because we’re going to be more experienced.”