After watching the Falcons lose Super Bowl LI in crushing fashion, the Ravens should cherish their two Super Bowl titles even more.
The Ravens won both Super Bowls they appeared in. They dominated the Giants, 34-7, in Super Bowl XXXV, with linebacker Ray Lewis winning the MVP.
They outlasted the 49ers, 34-31, in Super Bowl XLVII four years ago, with quarterback Joe Flacco capping his sparkling playoff performance by winning the MVP.
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Both times on the NFL’s biggest stage, the Ravens delivered. They have never faced the feeling the Falcons had Monday morning – losing a Super Bowl, and dealing with the sobering aftermath.
Recent history suggests it will be difficult for the Falcons to get over this. The last 22 straight Super Bowl losers have failed to reach the Super Bowl the following season.
The 1993 Bills were the last team to get back to the Super Bowl after losing it the previous season. It didn’t help them. After getting blown out (52-17) by the Cowboys in Super Bowl 27, the Bills lost to the Cowboys again (30-13) in Super Bowl 28.
It’s not like the Falcons can hit the reset button and get ready for another game next week. The season is over, and the finality of a Super Bowl loss stings like no other.
After losing Super Bowl 50, the Panthers didn’t even make it back to the playoffs in 2016. The Falcons have a talented nucleus led by quarterback Matt Ryan and wide receiver Julio Jones, but being victimized by the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history will be a daunting challenge for their organization to overcome.
The Patriots were the last team to win back-to-back Super Bowls, beating the Eagles 12 seasons ago in Super Bowl 39. That’s the next challenge for quarterback Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick – trying to repeat as Super Bowl champs - again.
That’s a much better feeling than what the Falcons face. Losing a Super Bowl, especially the way the Falcons went down, is devastating. At least when the Ravens and their fans think about the Super Bowl, their memories are far more pleasant.