The Falcons are among the most tortured fan bases in all of sports. Bills Mafia has a case, as far as NFL fans, given their four straight Super Bowl losses, but none will top the greatest comeback in the history of the big game.
I don’t have to remind you that Atlanta surrendered a 25-point lead to New England in what has become a national meme — 28-3. Tom Brady even made a movie based on the Patriots’ improbable comeback.
It’s obviously still painful for Falcons fans, but what about those that actually lived it? The players, coaches, and everyone from Arthur Blank down felt it in a different way than the fans. Grady Jarrett elaborated on the scar and shed a bit of light on some of the silver linings with the crew on Good Morning Football.
Jarrett states the obvious: it still stings. That pain will never go away, but he also brings up that it’s now motivation, and he’s still got time to go after another Lombardi.
That’s exactly right. The Falcons can change the narrative; winning a Super Bowl for the first time in franchise history won’t change the past, but fans and everyone in the organization will be unbothered by the 28-3 comeback.
With a new regime in town, the Falcons seem to be an ascending club with young talent littered across the roster. The only thing holding this team back is the quarterback position. I don’t know if Desmond Ridder is the answer or not, but the Falcons are a franchise quarterback away from competing from Super Bowls again.