Matt Ryan Says He's Watched Super Bowl 51 Loss to Patriots Multiple Times

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistApril 12, 2017

HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05: Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons throws the ball against the New England Patriots in the third quarter during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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After the Atlanta Falcons blew a 25-point lead in losing Super Bowl LI to the New England Patriots, quarterback Matt Ryan watched the game film several times.

According to ESPN.com, Matty Ice said Tuesday he even watched the game the day after: "I watched it the day after. I watched it two days after. And then I watched it three days after. For me, it was one of those things, I think; you kind of want to be able to deal with it appropriately. Maybe that's different for everybody. Some people bury it away. ... For me it was, 'All right, let's watch.'"

The Falcons were criticized for not attempting to run the ball and tack on a field goal late in the game, which largely fell on the shoulders of former offensive coordinator and current San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan.

Despite that, Ryan stood behind the aggressive approach the team took offensively:

We would have loved to have gotten a different result. So if you were going to tell me, 'Do the same things and get the same result,' obviously we'd all say, 'Nah, we would have done something differently.'

You've got to believe in what you're doing, and that's kind of the way we were all year. We played aggressive the entire year. That's not going to change. I love that approach. I love the fact that they have confidence in me, they have confidence in the guys that we have, and we're going to let it rip. Obviously, it didn't work out.

The Falcons allowed 19 fourth-quarter points and lost the game in overtime on a James White touchdown run to make it 34-28.

While the end of Atlanta's season was a major disappointment, Ryan, 31, is coming off the best campaign of his career, as he threw for 4,944 yards and 38 touchdowns en route to being named NFL MVP.

 

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