Matt Ryan Has Been Watching Super Bowl LI Over And Over Again

Matt Ryan Has Been Watching Super Bowl LI Over And Over Again
  • Tanya Ray Fox

It appears that Matt Ryan enjoyed his NFL MVP win in the wake of the Falcons historic Super Bowl collapse about as much as on-the-fence Trump voters have enjoyed the first six months of his administration.

In other words the excitement was, at best, fleeting.

Ryan recently told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he wasted no time in submitting himself to the torture of reliving Atlanta’s Super Bowl LI loss to the Patriots, who overcame a 25-point deficit to win in overtime.


“No, I watched it,” Ryan said Monday at his celebrity-amateur golf tournament. “I watched it a day after. I watched it two days after and I watched it three days after. For me, it was one of those things where you kind of want to be able to deal with it appropriately.

“Maybe, that’s different for everybody. Some people bury it away. Some people (do) whatever. … For me it was ‘all right, let’s watch. Does it feel the same way it felt as we were going through it?’”

While that’s certainly sad and probably a bit pathological, is there really any other way to handle it? How is he to manage once the new season begins if he hasn’t built up the proper armor against the inevitable PTSD flashbacks? Soon ESPN and Twitter will resume their endless looping of the highlights. Ryan had to get ahead of that.

He also said that after the game he was numb, and that he’d been confident that his team would win the game after Julio Jones made that stunning sideline catch with just over four-and-a-half minutes left in the 28-20 game.

“I thought that was going to be a play that was going to change the outcome of that game. Obviously, the next couple of plays unfolded, and we didn’t end up converting (it into) points.

“At the time, I thought it was a huge play.”

Well it was a huge play. It’s just that Dont’a Hightower’s sack was huger.

The Falcons were a very good team with Ryan playing at his career best last season, and they still only finished the regular season with 11 wins. So while it’s all well and good that they take away whatever lessons they can from the Super Bowl, they also have to do a better job this season of assessing their weaknesses and addressing them before they melt down in the biggest game of their lives.

Tanya Ray Fox

Tanya Ray Fox is a sportswriter and producer who has worked for nearly 7 years in both digital and television sports media. She has previously worked in TV production experience for Comcast SportsNet New England, NFL Network and Time Warner Cable Sports. In addition to her work for SportsGrid and appearances on the affiliated FNTSY Sports Network, she is also a contributor for USA Today's Rams Wire.