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Matt Ryan shares strong message with Falcons fans after Super Bowl collapse

Feb 5, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) looks on during the second quarter against the New England Patriots during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Feb 5, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) looks on during the second quarter against the New England Patriots during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

For about three quarters, Matt Ryan was not only poised to lead the Atlanta Falcons to a Super Bowl victory, but it looked like he would do so in record fashion. He had a perfect passer rating of 158.3 for most of the game, only to see that slip away along with the Falcons' 25-point lead.

It was a crushing defeat for Atlanta, one that left players and fans disheartened. Ryan tried to ease the pain on Instagram Monday, sharing a message for fans and the city of Atlanta.

We came up short last night and my heart hurts for you Atlanta. Hats off to New England they played a heck of a game. We will adapt, we will over come, we will #RiseUp again.

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Ryan is a tremendous leader for the Falcons and an icon in the city in which they play. They'll be back next year, and for many years to come.