Falcons’ Super Bowl dream snatched away 

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Falcons’ Super Bowl dream snatched away 

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A Falcons fan reacts at the Park Tavern in Atlanta after the Falcons lost to the Patriots 34-28 in Super Bowl LI in Houston.

For three quarters, it appeared the Atlanta Falcons were headed to the first Super Bowl title in franchise history.

Then the fourth quarter happened.

And then overtime was even worse.

The Falcons lost a 28-9 lead in the final 15 minutes, and the nightmare collapse ended as the New England Patriots scored in overtime for a 34-28 victory in Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston.

The 2016 regular season was still historic for the Falcons franchise. Rise up and celebrate the Dirty Birds.

Read complete coverage of the Super Bowl on ajc.com.

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