On Sunday, the New England Patriots beat the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI in Houston, Texas. After weeks of political chaos and uneasiness across the country, there was nothing like the biggest football game of the year to bring a few hours of peace and quiet. Things didn't stay quiet for long, though, as memes about the Falcons losing the Super Bowl kept social media users active throughout the night.
The Falcons, who came into Sunday's game as the underdogs, dominated much of the game. At halftime, they led the Patriots by 18 points, scoring three touchdowns before the Patriots could make their way to the end zone. The second half seemed more even, with the Patriots tying the game shortly before the fourth quarter wound down, leading to the first overtime ever played in a Super Bowl.
For the Patriots, Sunday's game was an opportunity for quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick to secure their fifth Super Bowl win. For the Falcons, it was an opportunity for the franchise and quarterback Matt Ryan to win their very first Super Bowl. The stakes were high on both sides of the field, but the post-game memes were just plain ruthless, as the [team] didn't quite see their opportunity through.
Patriots fans shamelessly celebrated the comeback.
The comeback clearly left quite the impression.
First Half Vs. Second Half
falcons first half vs second half pic.twitter.com/jv1vftr1j5— Nick Marrone (@Nick_Marrone) February 6, 2017
This one goes out to all the Snapchatters who filtered too soon.
You Played Yourself
It's never good when this DJ Khaled line applies to your situation.
Ruthless, I tell you. Ruthless.
Falcons Fans IRL
It's a sad, sad night in Atlanta.
Falcons : We won letsss goooo !!— JSKOBARR 😈 (@harib0_jayy) February 6, 2017
Patriotis: aye steve who won? pic.twitter.com/A8I42nBS1U
When in doubt, ask Steve Harvey.
Falcons fans trying to explain why the Superbowl was rigged pic.twitter.com/2EPHoHBLj0— Ryan Tbh (@WezrPunk) February 6, 2017
Was it the refs? The drones? The halftime show?
You heard him: The Falcons won!
TBH, this was the only memorable Super Bowl commercial.
How Dare You
Tyra believed in you, Falcons. So many people believed in you.
Almost Had It
The Falcons were so close — yet so far.
Falcons' Locker Room
These are the times Drake's songs were made for.
I'm pretty sure even Patriots fans saw that going differently.
Falcons up 28-3, no chance they could lose, right? pic.twitter.com/My6WXLVKQg— Andrew Romano (@A_Roma22) February 6, 2017
Well, this is awkward.
Falcons fans: RISE UP!!!— Dorothy Zbornak (@JayD_Experience) February 6, 2017
Tom Brady: BITCH YOU THOUGHT!!! pic.twitter.com/ut2cViZ3Bx
There's always next year, Falcons fans. Then, you'll be in a brand new stadium, too.
If you're upset about the Falcons losing, here is a picture of my mom with her fish she caught today to cheer you up. pic.twitter.com/QCRQCR3dBD— Anna Rich (@annarich12) February 6, 2017
Finally, let this totally adorable mom cheer you up!
Although they didn't finish the game with a win, the Falcons had a remarkable season. Standouts like Ryan, wide receiver Julio Jones, and outside linebacker Vic Beasley, Jr. aren't going to be forgotten in the off-season.