Matt Ryan determined to lead Atlanta Falcons back to Super Bowl after gut-wrenching defeat by New England Patriots

MATT RYAN vowed to lead Atlanta back to the Super Bowl after their heartbreaking defeat against the New England Patriots.

The Falcons led 28-3 and were cruising towards their first title in team history.


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But a stunning comeback from New England saw them clinch a dramatic win in overtime, leaving Falcons players devastated.

Ryan admitted the loss at NRG Stadium hurts, but immediately turned his sights on going one better next year.

He said: "It’ll sting tonight, for sure.

"I think everybody is disappointed,. It’s not easy when you’ve come this far and didn’t get the result that you want. Like all things, we’ll move past it, come together and hopefully put ourselves right back in this position. We’ve got a young football team, a good football team. So, hopefully we put ourselves in this position again next year.”

Head coach Dan Quinn praised his team's 'brotherhood' and thinks a defeat like this could make his team stronger next season.

"No doubt that was a tough one for us," Quinn said.

"I am proud of the fight that these guys have. The brotherhood that this group has built, it’s as strong as I’ve seen, and that part is real.

"That connection that these guys have, not only with themselves, but with our city, it’s so strong. I love them, they battled. Tonight we came up short.

There is never going to be a way to get over the loss, but what it does have is some of that toughness that you have to go through, it does make you stronger.”

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