Kyle Shanahan details play-calling regret in Falcons’ Super Bowl LI loss to Patriots

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Super Bowl LI is one of the most memorable championships in NFL history.

The New England Patriots infamously came back from a 28-3 deficit in the third quarter to defeat the Atlanta Falcons. Jokes flooded in regarding the Falcons’ inability to seal the game and a lot of the blame was pointed toward offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan for his late-game decisions.

Shanahan joined the “Flying Coach” podcast with Peter Schrager and discussed the final minutes of the game. Shanahan said a failed second-and-10 running play led to a more aggressive approach.

“So we threw it to Julio, he caught that. I ran it the next play, got it to second-and-10, and I was like, ‘I’m going right to Julio,'” Shanahan said, transcribed by The Score.

“Right when we snapped it, the coverage took it away, so it was the wrong call. And I wish we didn’t take a sack, but no one was open, and we ended up taking a sack. And right then I was like, ‘Oh my god, why did I just try to end it?'”

The following play was a holding call that led to a punt by Atlanta.

“Yeah, I wish I called a different call on that one play,” Shanahan said. “I don’t want to go to the final (thought process on) everything. You’re down, you get into the two-minute (drill), you throw the ball six plays straight, but that one right there, and I think it would have been different.”

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On that night, everything worked out perfectly for the Patriots to mount the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history.

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