ATLANTA — The Atlanta Falcons returned home Monday afternoon after a heartbreaking, last-minute loss in Houston Sunday night.
The Falcons, who led for most of the game, lost in overtime to the New England Patriots.
It was the most historic collapse in Super Bowl history. The Falcons blew a 25-point lead in the second half and ended up losing 34-28.
Coach Dan Quinn said after the game that the team "ran out of gas."
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“I don’t know what the time of possession was, I didn’t look at that. But I can you how hard these guys battled for it. We knew it was going to come down to the end for sure, and just at the end for them to have the scores back-to-back, this was the difference for sure,” Quinn said.
Quarterback Matt Ryan, who won the league MVP on Saturday night, told reporters "it's hard to find words tonight."
“There’s nothing you can really say. That’s a tough loss. Obviously very disappointed, very close to getting done what we wanted to get done,” Ryan said. “(We) just made some mistakes in situations that put us behind the chains and we were not able to overcome that. So, that part was disappointing.”
Fans gathered, even in the rain, to welcome the Falcons home Monday. The team traveled from the airport to their facility in Flowery Branch.
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On Monday, Falcons players thanked the fans and the city for their support.
In a time when words are hard to come by, I want to say thank you to all the fans. The support was much appreciated! #Brotherhood— matt bryant (@Matt_Bryant3) February 6, 2017
Hurting for my City n for my brothers. I thank God for the opportunity but at this point there's nothing to do but to go back to work #Bless— Grady Jarrett (@GradyJarrett) February 6, 2017
Some things in life you never FULLY UNDERSTAND!!! BUT in the midst of all God is still good! #thankuATL— Vic Beasley (@VicBeasley3) February 6, 2017
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It's hard to put into words what being so close to the top and falling short feels like. The work my brothers and I put in to every phase of this season was amazing. We quietly sharpened our axe all year in preparation to explode on whoever was next. It didn't matter who, where or when. All that mattered was playing for each other. That's what we did. We formed a bond and a brotherhood that will never be broken or forgotten. This game is hard. Week after week, month after month. Most people just see what happens on Sundays, but the grind is real. I love this team and to have had the opportunity to take the field along side each and every one of my brothers has been an honor this year. We came up short, and while it's a terribly tough pill to swallow, we will be back. That's what falcons do. We rise, not just in the midst of success, but in the face of failure and adversity. Thank you to all the families behind my teammates, coaches, and support staff. Without you, we can't do what we do. To the fans and the city of Atlanta, thank you from the bottom of my heart. It is a privilege to represent you. Rise Up and God bless. -Josh
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