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Former Falcon Has Brutally Honest Admission About Blown 28-3 Lead In Super Bowl

Athlon Sports 3/28/2023 Mitchell Forde
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Mention the score 28-3 to just about any football fan and they'll get the reference.

The Atlanta Falcons' collapse in Super Bowl LI, during which they blew a 28-3 lead and eventually fell 34-28 in overtime to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, has become the stuff of legend.

While the memory of his team's collapse is not a fond one, former Falcons tight end Austin Hooper talked about the game during a recent appearance on Volume Sports' "Open Mike."

Hooper, who has since played for the Cleveland Browns and Tennessee Titans and signed with the Las Vegas Raiders this offseason, had the perfect description of the loss.

"It's like an old '90s slasher movie," Hooper said. "You know who the killer is. You can see him coming. And it's just like, 'Oh, let's go split up and go in the woods.'"

Hooper also revealed a new detail about the Super Bowl, which saw the Patriots score 19 points in the final 10 minutes of regulation. 

When the Falcons were up big and Brady was sitting on the sideline, Hooper said that some Falcons defensive backs "who shall not be named" directed some smack talk toward Brady. 

"I'm just like, 'uhh, guys, I don't know what that is, but that's not the surrender cobra,'" Hooper said.

He was immediately wary of the premature celebration. But the damage had been done. 

"All I knew is watching him, like, I don't know, my whole life is that's not a guy you count out," Hooper said

Brady wound up throwing for 466 yards and two touchdowns, earning his fourth Super Bowl MVP award and taking home his fifth Lombardi Trophy. The Falcons, meanwhile, would go down in infamy with the biggest blown lead in Super Bowl history.

Even more than six years later, Hooper's expression shows how difficult that defeat was to swallow.

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