In January, the Atlanta Falcons fell to the San Francisco 49ers, 28-24 to miss out on their first Super Bowl appearance since the 1998 season. The 49ers came back from a 17 point deceit to beat the Falcons and would later lose to the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII. After nearly five months, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan sat down with Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com to re-watch the tape of the NFC Championship game.
Ryan tells Prisco that he was shocked that the Falcons did not score on the final drive of the NFC Championship game.
“In a way, I was shocked we didn’t score there at the end,” Ryan said. “We had done it so many times before. We were facing one of the best defenses, if not the best defense, and I still thought we would go down and score. We just didn’t get it done.”
Had Matt Ryan and the Falcons scored, they would have won the game and headed to the Super Bowl.
Over this off-season, the Falcons have got even better by adding running back Steven Jackson, retaining Tony Gonzalez and signing Osi Umenyiora. Despite losing Brent Grimes and cutting Dunta Robinson, the Falcons drafted Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Despite not winning the NFC Championship game last season, the Falcons should have a chance to win it this year as they are a top 5 team in the conference.
If the Falcons do make the NFC Championship game, Matt Ryan has to hope he won’t need a last minute touchdown to make the Super Bowl.