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Falcons' Devonta Freeman determined to shake off Super Bowl 'scar'


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Atlanta Falcons two-time Pro Bowl running back Devonta Freeman vowed to move beyond his team's historic collapse in last month's Super Bowl loss to New England Patriots. At the same time, Freeman knows the empty feeling might stick for a while.

"That's like a scar you'll see forever," Freeman told ESPN. "You'll always remember that scar. It's about, 'How can I shake back?' In life, you've got to always learn how to shake back and have another elite year."

 

That the Falcons blew a 28-3 third-quarter lead in a 34-28 loss to the Patriots continues to be a topic of discussion this offseason. Critics still harp on the blunders, including then-offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan declining to run the ball late and Freeman missing a fourth-quarter block on Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower that led to Matt Ryan being sacked and losing a fumble -- resulting in a momentum-swinging touchdown for the Patriots.

Freeman was asked if there was anything he would take back from the game.

"Nothing," he said. "No play. Even the mistake I made with the missed block. When you look at a football game, you're talking about four quarters. You're talking about the best guys against the best guys on both sides of the ball. Mistakes are going to happen. If you're perfect in the NFL, something is not right. I don't know anybody who's perfect.

"My mistake is a scar. I'm going to learn from it. I'm going to get better from that. That's how I look at it."

Freeman said the loss will serve as inspiration heading into next season and beyond. The Falcons hope to make another strong run in 2017 behind reigning MVP Matt Ryan, wide receiver Julio Jones, Freeman and a rebuilt defense, led by the addition of two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Dontari Poe.

"If I dwell on the Super Bowl like, 'Oh man, we lost,' already, I lost," Freeman said. "I'm worried about something that I can't control that's over with and that's in the past. It's peanuts to me. You just move on from it. But until you win the Super Bowl, ain't nothing else going to feel better than winning that Super Bowl. I guarantee it. I don't care if I get 1,000 yards, 10 Pro Bowls. If I don't win that Super Bowl, I'm going to always remember that one Super Bowl we lost."

 

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It must have been very frustrating for him to be playing in the biggest game of his career and not getting touches with a lead when running the ball would have certainly won the game. He's responsible for the pivotal play that turned the tide in the Patriots favor. Yes a million other things went wrong and still they shouldn't have lost. It is what it is. What else can he do but move on? 

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5 hours ago, Goober Pyle said:

Atlanta Falcons two-time Pro Bowl running back Devonta Freeman vowed to move beyond his team's historic collapse in last month's Super Bowl loss to New England Patriots. At the same time, Freeman knows the empty feeling might stick for a while.

"That's like a scar you'll see forever," Freeman told ESPN. "You'll always remember that scar. It's about, 'How can I shake back?' In life, you've got to always learn how to shake back and have another elite year."

 

That the Falcons blew a 28-3 third-quarter lead in a 34-28 loss to the Patriots continues to be a topic of discussion this offseason. Critics still harp on the blunders, including then-offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan declining to run the ball late and Freeman missing a fourth-quarter block on Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower that led to Matt Ryan being sacked and losing a fumble -- resulting in a momentum-swinging touchdown for the Patriots.

Freeman was asked if there was anything he would take back from the game.

"Nothing," he said. "No play. Even the mistake I made with the missed block. When you look at a football game, you're talking about four quarters. You're talking about the best guys against the best guys on both sides of the ball. Mistakes are going to happen. If you're perfect in the NFL, something is not right. I don't know anybody who's perfect.

"My mistake is a scar. I'm going to learn from it. I'm going to get better from that. That's how I look at it."

Freeman said the loss will serve as inspiration heading into next season and beyond. The Falcons hope to make another strong run in 2017 behind reigning MVP Matt Ryan, wide receiver Julio Jones, Freeman and a rebuilt defense, led by the addition of two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Dontari Poe.

"If I dwell on the Super Bowl like, 'Oh man, we lost,' already, I lost," Freeman said. "I'm worried about something that I can't control that's over with and that's in the past. It's peanuts to me. You just move on from it. But until you win the Super Bowl, ain't nothing else going to feel better than winning that Super Bowl. I guarantee it. I don't care if I get 1,000 yards, 10 Pro Bowls. If I don't win that Super Bowl, I'm going to always remember that one Super Bowl we lost."

 

http://www.espn.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/234249/falcons-devonta-freeman-determined-to-shake-off-super-bowl-scar

Vaughn McClure: "That led to a momentum swinging touchdown." I swear! :flame:

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1 minute ago, BIRDLAND 2.0 said:

Right on , Ray. Man, these negative threads caught me by surprise! 

negativity is powerful. what do you expect to get when you put negative energy out? I'll do my little part and join Free. I'm confident we'll be back in the Super Bowl next season, I'm sure DQ & the team has learned from this and will be back stronger than ever .

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1 minute ago, raysnill1 said:

negativity is powerful. what do you expect to get when you put negative energy out? I'll do my little part and join Free. I'm confident we'll be back in the Super Bowl next season, I'm sure DQ & the team has learned from this and will be back stronger than ever .

Yes. I believe, based on The Mighty Quinn's learning curve of correcting past mistakes, the Birds will win the next Super Bowl!

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10 minutes ago, JayOzOne said:

I love Free. He might be my favorite player after Julio and Ryan. But that missed block stays in my head like Ray Finkel's missed kick stuck with him. I'll get over it and I expect him to have his best season in the next year.

why? the score was 28-12. at the time he missed that block, there was plenty of time left in the game for this to not be that much of a factor. the only thing that sticks in my mind in this game is how the heck that ball didn't touch the ground on that Edelman catch.

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2 minutes ago, raysnill1 said:

why? the score was 28-12. at the time he missed that block, there was plenty of time left in the game for this to not be that much of a factor. the only thing that sticks in my mind in this game is how the heck that ball didn't touch the ground on that Edelman catch.

Because three guys were playing hot potato trying to catch the ball instead of just knocking it down . 

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1 minute ago, caponine said:

Because three guys were playing hot potato trying to catch the ball instead of just knocking it down . 

I can't really blame them but look at all that had to happen for him to make that catch. I don't believe in omens but dang if everything that needed to happen or order for the Patriots to win that game didn't happen, mostly unnecessary self-inflicted stuff, like play-calling.

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