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How the Falcons lost the Super Bowl

How the Falcons lost the Super Bowl

 A wall banner running the length of the somber Atlanta Falcons locker room at NRG Stadium read “IN BROTHERHOOD, WE RISE.”

On Sunday, the Falcons fell.

They nosedived harder and farther than any team in Super Bowl history.

The Falcons collapsed, blowing a 25-point lead in a 34-28 overtime loss to the New England Patriots.

“I’m at a loss for words right now,” receiver Taylor Gabriel said, “just because I can’t believe it.”

The Falcons came in as the NFL’s highest-scoring team with an offense triggered by league most valuable player Matt Ryan, superstar receiver Julio Jones, and a dynamic backfield tandem of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman.

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