Matt Ryan on the ‘scars’ of the Falcons’ 28-3 Super Bowl collapse


“It’s one of those scars that you accumulate throughout your life that’s wasted if you don’t learn from it.”

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Dont’a Hightower forces the key turnover against Matt Ryan and the Falcons in Super Bowl LI. Barry Chin / Globe staff

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Matt Ryan’s thoughts on Super Bowl LI: For former Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan, the leftover memories from Super Bowl LI in 2017 undoubtedly remain difficult.

After leading the Patriots 28-3 late in the third quarter, the Falcons famously collapsed. New England emerged with the first overtime win in Super Bowl history, 34-28.

Looking back on such a painful moment, Ryan was asked about how he grapples with it during a recent interview on the “Pat McAfee Show.”

“I think it’s always somewhere in there, right?” Ryan acknowledged. “I think it’s always somewhere in there and I don’t see that as a bad thing. Obviously, we would’ve loved for that game to have gone differently, there’s no doubt about it. But, it didn’t and there’s not s*** we can do about it now. And so if you don’t use that as a learning opportunity, as an opportunity to be better and to be better the next time you’re in it, then it’s wasted.

“It’s one of those scars that you accumulate throughout your life that’s wasted if you don’t learn from it,” Ryan continued. “I do think it makes you harder, calloused. I think that’s good because I think that in order to win playoff games, in order to win championships, it takes a hard mindset, it takes a calloused team. And I think that as a result of going through that the last time, whenever hopefully we can get that opportunity, I think you have that calloused mindset of going in there and saying ‘No, no, it’s never over either way, and we’ve got to find a way to get the job done.’ And I’m thankful in a small way for that.”

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