"Maybe, that's different for everybody. Some people bury it away. Some people (do) whatever. ... For me it was 'all right, let's watch. Does it feel the same way it felt as we were going through it?'"
The epic meltdown caused many fans and media personalities to blame then-offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's play-calling. Ryan did not join that chorus when given a chance to second-guess passing in two situations that running the ball could have closed out the win.
"You have to believe in what you are doing," Ryan said. "That's kind of the way we were all year. That's not going to change. I love that approach.
"I love that they have confidence in me and that they have confidence in the guys that we have, and we are going to let it rip. Obviously, it didn't work out."
"I think everybody is going to be really hungry to get back there," Ryan said. "Because, the one thing that I'm proud of, we have a young team, and we were ready to play. We played well. We were right in the mix.
"We fell a little bit short, but we should have every bit of confidence that we are going to be right back there next year getting a different outcome because we're going to be more experienced."