In this photo taken Feb. 5, 2017, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan reacts after losing Super Bowl 51 as the screen flashes New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and confetti flies in Houston. Hey, did you hear the one about Choking Awareness Day? It's held on 3-28. Rimshot, please! Of course, that punch line references the score late in the third quarter of last season's Super Bowl, when it looked as though the Atlanta Falcons would finally win their first championship.
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Photo: Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP

Falcons’ Matt Ryan writes about overcoming the Super Bowl hangover in ‘The Players’ Tribune’

In his article titled “The Hangover” in The Players’ Tribune, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan wants you to know the Falcons have moved on from their epic Super Bowl loss in Febuary.

Really. They’ve moved on.

Peek inside Matt Ryan’s world

Ryan wrote that moving on doesn’t mean the loss doesn’t still “suck.” It doesn’t mean it will ever be painless. It doesn’t mean he’ll forget about it.

What it means is, it’s over and the Falcons truly believe they will beat that hangover and explode this season.

“You could throw around statistics or history or whatever you want. But the reality is that a team can come back from a bad loss in a championship game,” Ryan said. “It’s been done before. And I believe that we have the right group here in Atlanta to do it, too. I actually think we have what it takes to win here for a long time. But we can’t win playoff games in September. 

Falcons believe they’re better 

“We can’t win a Super Bowl in Week 1. We’re living in the here and now. And right here, right now, I’m proud to be a part of this football team, with this group of guys, led by this coaching staff, and playing in front of these fans. Because I know we can compete with anybody.”

To read the rest of “The Hangover” and what Ryan had to say about e-mails coach Dan Quinn sent to the whole team, the three-day Camp Brotherhood in Miami in April and why no one should feel sorry for the Falcons, visit The Players’ Tribune.

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