Can We Guess Which NFL Team Broke Your Heart?

By: Beth Hendricks

Can We Guess Which NFL Team Broke Your Heart?
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About This Quiz

It was February 2017 and Super Bowl LI (51) had just gotten underway. The Atlanta Falcons started strong, in stark contrast to their opponent, the New England Patriots. As the clock ticked closer to halftime, the Falcons enjoyed a 21-3 lead over the NFL's perennial powerhouse. Just as some were thinking the game might be over, the Patriots surged back, tying the score with seconds to go in regulation and forcing overtime. You probably remember how that game ended - in an improbable 35-28 Patriots win that broke the hearts of the Falcons' players and fans. 

But the Falcons aren't alone. There are stories of teams throughout the NFL's two divisions – the NFC and the AFC, from Seattle to Miami and everywhere in-between, that have left fans screaming, crying and tearing out their hair. Lost the game on a last-second field goal? That has happened. Turned the ball over in the end zone on a go-ahead score? That too. Traded away a franchise player that you never thought you'd see wearing the opponent's team colors? Been there, done that. 

Navigate the questions in this quiz, from helmet catches that changed the outcome of the game to losing four consecutive Super Bowls, and we'll guess which team grabbed hold of your heart and then stomped it into the turf.

How long has it been since your team was part of the Super Bowl?
Not in my lifetime
Fairly recently, but I don't want to talk about it.
Uh, we go just about every year.
This year is our year!

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What does your team's win-loss record look like?
Better in recent years
Last year wasn't great.
All we do is win!
We're looking up!

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How would you describe your head coach?
I can't remember the new guy's name.
He has made some strange decisions.
Young and promising!
The jury's still out.

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Have you ever lost a game in the final seconds?
No, we're typically losing from the start.
Yeah, but after we mounted a big comeback
Only on a fluke play
A penalty got us!

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When was the last time your team traded away a key player?
Today ... probably. What are they doing?
My team just trades cities, not players.
When I was a kid ... and it hurt!
It has been years but we got a lot for him.

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Has your team ever packed up and left town?
Yes, and into enemy territory!
More times than I'd like
We're in our town to stay!
No way would they do that.

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What was the most improbable thing that has happened to your team?
Where do I start?
Our coach blew up our roster!
We traded away a legend.
The catch that wasn't a catch.

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How many NFL championships can your team claim?
Just a couple
One lonely ring
We've got the most!
Five, but we're coming for #6.

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How many quarterbacks have been at the helm of your team in the past 20 years?
We're in the double digits over here.
I've lost track.
A new one every year
I don't know. I wish we could just keep one healthy.

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Has your team's fans ever worn brown paper bags over their heads?
They practically hand them out at the gate.
Maybe, but we're on the upswing.
Why would they do that?
No way! We're proud of our team.

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Is your team the "easy win" on everyone else's schedule?
We have been for years.
Yeah, it's fairly easy to take us down.
Not with this defense
Not anymore, baby!

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Is your team a regular participant in the playoffs?
Playoffs? You're talking about playoffs?
Not in a long time
Like clockwork
We're sporadic.

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How well would you say your team handles NFL Draft Day?
We've made a string of bad choices.
I still can't get over our trades.
We've gotten better at it.
We had some recent successes.

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Sum up the tone of television coverage of your team in one word.
Surprise
Hopefulness
Anticipation
Jealousy

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How controversial has your team been in the past few years?
We haven't been good enough to be controversial.
Somewhat, in the past
More than our fair share
A few players have caused issues.

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In your opinion, what's the worst way to lose a game?
Never really being in one
Enduring a massive shutout
The defense forgets to show up.
A botched field goal

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One of your players gets in trouble. Which of these best matches your response?
Eh, nobody will notice.
[Shrug.]
No way! Really?
Get him out of here!

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What type of attitude would you say you have going into the new season?
Cautiously optimistic
Eager to forget last year
I'm alway positive.
This is our year!

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How many games would you need to win next year to consider it a successful season?
Six would be great
All of them
10 and a healthy QB, please
12 or 13

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'Fess up: Has your team ever gone 0-16?
No, thanks to one team that shall remain nameless.
We've struggled some, but never that bad.
Ugh, no, that sounds terrible.
Yeah, but that's in the past.

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Think about your division. How does your team rank?
Perennial cellar dweller
We're near the bottom.
We're newly improved.
The past few years have been tough.

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There's no place like home. What comes to mind when you think of your team's stadium?
How empty it is
State of the art
It's intense!
Over the top

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Leadership is important to a team's success. Do you trust your team's front office?
I'm starting to trust.
They're under a microscope.
They're getting better.
Sometimes I do; sometimes I don't.

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A team's quarterback is a team's leader. What do you think of your current QB?
He's a rising star in the league.
He'd be great if he were healthy.
He's the greatest of all time.
The jury's still out.

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How long has it been since your team made the playoffs?
We've made a couple recently.
We did well a for few years and then dropped off.
Last year, of course
We're hot and cold.

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Imagine you're headed to the game. What would your homemade sign say?
Things are looking up!
DDDD-fense!
Can we return to glory?
We want another one!

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It's Sunday afternoon and the game is about to come on. How do you feel?
Hopeful
Eager
Excited
Pumped

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You're surfing social media after a loss. What's the most common comment you encounter about your team?
We're trying to rebuild.
I hope our defense can carry us.
It's going to be another one of those seasons.
They'll get it together. They always do.

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You run into your team's head coach in a bar. What's he saying?
Am I too young for this job?
Can I just have one good season?
He doesn't talk much, so I'm not sure what he'd be saying.
He's just talking crazy.

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What is tomorrow's newspaper headline about your team most likely to say?
Better than they used to be
A few missing players were the difference
They're young, still learning
This isn't the team of the '80s and '90s

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