Mohamed Sanu talked about the Super Bowl loss on Friday. (Eric Seals/USA Today Sports)
It’s been three weeks since Super Bowl LI and many are still trying to figure out how the Falcons blew a 25-point lead against the Patriots.
Atlanta led 21-3 at halftime and then scored early in the third quarter to make it 28-3, but then everything fell apart.
How did things go so poorly in the second half for the Falcons? Atlanta wide receiver Mohamed Sanu noted the long halftime, which was a Lady Gaga performance.
“It definitely [affected us] because usually halftime is only like 15 minutes so when you’re not on the field for an hour, it’s like going to work out, having a great workout, sitting on the couch for an hour and then trying to work out again,” Sanu said Friday on NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football.”
When the Falcons went up 28-3, Sanu felt the game was over.
“Most definitely,” he said. “You’re thinking ‘OK we got this, let’s keep doing what we’re doing and trust the process.’ Just go out there and do what we do. I just felt like momentum shifted and we weren’t playing as aggressively as we usually do. It’s just unfortunate.”
Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan got a lot of criticism afterwards for not running the ball late in the game, but Sanu didn’t totally blame him.
“I mean, the thought [why aren’t we running the ball?] crosses your mind, but as a player you do what the coach tells you to do,” Sanu said. “He’s called plays like that throughout the season all the time. He’s been aggressive, we’re an aggressive team, so we go out there and we do what we do.”
Sanu finished the contest with two catches for 25 yards.