Just about three weeks later all of New England is also still trying to figure out how Atlanta blew a 21-3 at halftime lead to lose the Super Bowl LI. Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu seems to think the extended halftime has something to do with it.
Sanu said on NFL Network’s Friday’s edition of Good Morning Football that “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,”
He was also asked if he felt the game was over when the Falcons got a third quarter touchdown to extend their lead 28-3. Sanu responded “Most definitely, 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.”
But Sanu stood by former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan who took heavy criticisms after the game for passing the ball when they should have been running.
“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.”