Atlanta Falcons talk post-game disappointment
The Atlanta Falcons will be going home disappointed after blowing a huge lead to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI, Sunday.
Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan was on fire in the first half, connecting with Julio Jones and others with ease as the Falcons took a commanding, 21-3, lead in the second quarter. The Falcons led 28-3 at one point and few anticipated a 34-28 overtime New England victory.
Momentum shifted toward the Patriots in the middle of the third period and Brady never looked back as the Patriots scored 31 unanswered points.
Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan will have all the off-season to think what he could have done different with his play calling that might have cost the Falcons the victory. Here are some quotes from the Falcons after the game.
Ryan summed it up best at a post-game press conference.
“Yeah it’s disappointing I thought we did a good job preparing to come in and play we came out firing tonight but ultimately we didn’t get the job done,” he said.
At issue was the play-calling in the second half when the Falcons had only five rushes for 20 yards.
“You always want to run the ball when you can,” Kyle Shanahan, Atlanta Offensive coordinator said. “(But), you have to look at the situation, you know, what’s the down and difference. We had some big plays in the pass game and missed some in the run game”
Ryan did not fault Shanahan’s play-calling.
“No I don’t think so; Kyle did a great job for us tonight we just missed on a couple opportunities to make some big plays. “
Reporter – Dan you guys looked well in control what happened?
Atlanta head coach Dan Quinn was disappointed his team could not pull out the win.
“Well for sure it hurts like hell,” he said. “Our guys battled hard and made plays. We thought the game would come down to the end and it did, two teams battling for it.”
At the end, Atlanta’s offense misfired several times and the New England offense proved to be unstoppable as Brady burned the Falcons for a Super Bowl record 43 completions for a record 466 yards, also a record. Most of the yards came in the second half when New England seemed unstoppable en route to Brady becoming a Super Bowl MVP for the fourth time in his career, also a record.
“For us it wasn’t one thing, but we knew it was going to be a battle and it was a fantastic game,” he said. “I am really proud on how are guys competed.”
Perhaps defensive back Ricardo Allen summer it up best for the Falcons.
“You have to compete all 4 quarters,” he said.
For the Atlanta Falcons it’s going to be a long off-season with “what ifs” thoughts. The Falcons may need a new offensive coordinator quickly, however. Shanahan is expected to sign-on as head coach for the San Francisco 49ers.