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And the most devastating loss in Falcons history is...

USA Today Sports identified the most devastating loss for each of the NFL's 32 teams, and you probably won't be surprised by the one they chose for the Falcons.

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If you've been a Falcons fan for any amount of time, even just one season, you've weathered some disappointing losses. Last year's 38-0 loss to the Panthers certainly stands out. Every loss to the Saints is painful. There are far too many Falcons games we look back on with shame and regret and sadness, but USA Today Sports went to the trouble of narrowing down the most devastating one.ow, they could have easily gone with Atlanta's only Super Bowl experience. After an improbable NFC Championship victory over the Minnesota Vikings (which, incidentally, is the loss USA Today identified as the Vikings' most devastating), the Falcons faced off with the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl.

Eugene Robinson got arrested for solicitation the night before, and the Falcons were absolutely not able to get it done against the Denver Broncos, losing 34-19. Thirteen of those Falcons points came in the fourth quarter. It wasn't good.

Another painful one, since we're bringing up old stuff, is the loss to the New York Giants in the wildcard round following the 2011 season. The Falcons scored one safety, and that was it. Two points. Two dang points. It's difficult to even try to write about this loss, because it still makes me want to break things.

But neither of those losses is, according to USA Today, the most painful loss for Falcons fans. No, that would be the loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship following the 2012 season.

If you'll remember, the Falcons were riding high after the first (and only -- yes, we know) playoff victory of the Mike Smith and Matt Ryan era. After finishing the regular season with a 13-3 record, Atlanta beat the Seattle Seahawks in the divisional round to advance to the conference championship.

The Falcons jumped out to an early lead, looking very much in control in the first half, and then they totally fell apart.

I won't belabor it. We all watched it. The Falcons blew a 17-point lead and fell to the Niners with a final score of 28-24. Instead of having the opportunity to beat the Baltimore Ravens and actually win a Super Bowl in the home stadium of the Falcons' most bitter rivals, Atlanta got to sit at home and watch the Niners blow it. It was the worst.

Do you agree with their choice for the most painful loss in team history?