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5 things Falcons need to get back to the Super Bowl

5 things Falcons need to get back to the Super Bowl
Published On: Sat, Feb 11
Nov 3, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneersrunning back Antone Smith (top) hyper extends his knee after being brought down by Atlanta Falcons defensive end Cliff Matthews during the second half of a football game at Raymond James Stadium. Smith left the field on a flatbed cart The Falcons won 43-28. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Falcons were minutes away from defeating the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI to bring home the franchises very first Lombardi Trophy. They had it in the bag. But then, in what felt like the blink of an eye, the wheels came off and the Falcons were left in shattered pieces on the turf at NRG Stadium.

For the Patriots, it was a historic and legendary comeback. For the Falcons, it was an epic collapse that could potentially linger for many years.

So that begs the question: What do the Falcons need to do to overcome this historic collapse and get back to the Super Bowl? Here are five things the Falcons need to get back to where they were.

5. A short-term memory

The Atlanta Falcons are a well-built, well-coached and well-run franchise. That was evident during their playoff run and nearly three full quarters in Super Bowl LI. Needless to say, theyll be in prime position to return to the big game with the addition of a few pieces, which well address momentarily, and a short-term memory.

The historic Super Bowl LI collapse could have a lingering impact, but if Atlanta wants to rebound in 2017, they cant allow it to fester. Instead, as much as it pains them, theyll need to take a page from Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. After winning the Super Bowl, Belichick lamented that the Pats were already five weeks behind other teams in terms of preparation.

The key will be looking ahead and not backwards, which is a message quarterback Matt Ryan delivered to Falcons fans earlier this week.

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