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.

Mohamed Sanu talked about the Super Bowl loss on Friday. (Eric Seals/USA Today Sports)

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.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
Bill Belichick and the Patriots are in good shape heading into the offseason. (Kelley L Cox/USA Today Sports)

Bill Belichick and the Patriots are in good shape heading into the offseason. (Kelley L Cox/USA Today Sports)

After winning Super Bowl LI, the Patriots are actually in a position to get even better this offseason.

As it stands now, the Patriots have four picks in the first three rounds of the NFL draft and have roughly $63 million in cap space available. It’s also worth noting they could get even more draft picks in the first three rounds if they were to trade Jimmy Garoppolo, which is a good possibility.

When it comes to the rest of the AFC East, the Patriots are by far in the best position heading into the start of the offseason.

Their four picks in the first three rounds are tied with the Jets for the most in the division, as the Dolphins and Bills have three, but then compared to the Jets, the Patriots have much more money to spend this offseason. The Jets have only $8 million in cap space.

The Bills and Dolphins have more money to spend than the Jets do, but it doesn’t come close to the Patriots. Buffalo has roughly $20 million in cap space, while the Dolphins have roughly $40 million.

With all the draft picks the Patriots have, in addition to all the money they have to spend, it’s not a stretch to already say the Patriots will win the offseason in the AFC East.

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Ryan Hannable

The NFL dished out the compensatory picks on Friday and the Patriots received one in the fifth-round, No. 185 overall. It is also worth noting they get the Browns’ compensatory pick in the third round as part of the Jamie Collins trade, which is No. 103 overall.

The NFL dished out the compensatory picks on Friday and the Patriots received one in the fifth-round, No. 185 overall. It is also worth noting they get the Browns’ compensatory pick in the third round as part of the Jamie Collins trade, which is No. 103 overall.

The Patriots received this fifth-round pick because last offseason they lost Akiem Hicks and Tavon Wilson via free agency and only gained Shea McClellin.

This finalizes how many picks the team will have in each round where their own pick is No. 32.

First round – 1
Second round – 1
Third round – 2
Fourth round – 1 (team had an earlier pick in fourth round, but has to forfeit it because of Deflategate)
Fifth round – 2
Sixth round – 1
Seventh round – 1

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Ryan Hannable

Last week it was learned Tom Brady will have a movie and book come out about him centered around his life post-Deflategate and Super Bowl LI.

Tom Brady won't have a role in the upcoming movie and book about him. (Bob Donnan/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady won’t have a role in the upcoming movie and book about him. (Bob Donnan/USA Today Sports)

Last week it was learned Tom Brady will have a movie and book come out about him centered around his life post-Deflategate and Super Bowl LI.

Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson, the writers behind Disney’s “The Finest Hours” and who were nominated for an Oscar for “The Fighter”, along with New York Times bestselling author Casey Sherman, are the ones heading the project.

Dave Wedge, who was Sherman’s co-author with “Boston Strong” will also be part of the book.

After the report was released, many wondered if Brady himself would be part of it, and the answer to that is no.

“We wish the people involved the best of luck on this project, but we are not involved,” Brady’s agent Don Yee told the Associated Press on Thursday.

The book is said to have the title, “Let’s go” and the movie is tentatively scheduled to be released in 2018, but it is unclear at this time who will participate in the film.

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Ryan Hannable

Everyone knows by now Roger Goodell hasn’t been to Gillette Stadium since Deflategate.

Rob Gronkowski doesn't think Roger Goodell should visit Gillette Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Rob Gronkowski doesn’t think Roger Goodell should visit Gillette Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Everyone knows by now Roger Goodell hasn’t been to Gillette Stadium since Deflategate.

During Super Bowl week the Kraft family made sure to let Goodell know he is welcome at the stadium if he would like to attend a game, but according to Rob Gronkowski, Patriots fans wouldn’t let the commissioner even near the stadium.

“To tell you the truth, I really don’t think so,” Gronkowski said in an interview with ESPN’s Cari Champion. “The fans are nuts, they’re wild, and they have the Patriots’ back no matter what. They have Tom [Brady]’s back. I’m telling you, [he] wouldn’t get through the highway if our fans saw him. So I don’t think he can even land in the airport in Boston, because Patriots fans are the best fans. They’re the most loyal fans.

“I’m telling you, they might just carry out Roger themselves. He couldn’t even get to the stadium in Foxboro if he landed in Boston.”

Even though Gronkowski wasn’t able to play in Super Bowl LI, he felt part of the team and was especially happy for Brady given what he went through during the year.

“It was great to see [Goodell] hand over that trophy, for sure,” Gronkowski said. “I was super happy for Tom.”

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Ryan Hannable

Last season wasn’t the greatest for Rob Gronkowski.

The tight end played just eight games due to hamstring and back injuries and his season ended the first week of December when he needed back surgery and was placed on injured reserve.