Atlanta Falcons: Packers Coach Settles Fan Debate About Matt Ryan

Atlanta Falcons, Matt Ryan (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Atlanta Falcons, Matt Ryan (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) /

Since the Atlanta Falcons blew a huge lead in Super Bowl 51, the main debate among the fan base has been on why Matt Ryan did not audible to a running play on the potential game icing drive. Comments by Green Bay Packers’ Coach Matt Lafleur should end that debate.

Painful Memories

28-3! Memories of the biggest blown lead in Super Bowl history still haunt those associated with the Atlanta Falcons, particularly the fan base. In fact some fans such as myself, will never get over the traumatic experience of watching Atlanta blow that big lead.

Winning a Super Bowl would certainly relieve some of the anguish. Capturing multiple titles in the Matt Ryan, Julio Jones era, would help ease the pain even more. Yet even if the Atlanta Falcons win the next two Super Bowls, fans will always lament the fact that the team should have one more.

The Atlanta Falcons led the game by eight points as the clock ticked under five mines. Matt Ryan stepped up in the pocket and made throw on the run towards the right sideline.

Julio Jones made an incredible play to snag the high and away throw over the New England defender. His toe tap to keep his feet in bounds was inhuman. Something that you don’t even see in video games.

Atlanta ran the ball on the ensuing first down, putting them less than four minutes away from their first championship. The play was a one yard loss but, the line of scrimmage was still the Patriots 22 yard line. Just run the ball two more times and let Matt Bryant, the kicker version of Matty Ice put the Super Bowl out of reach right?