Falcon: Lady Gaga halftime show played role in Super Bowl LI collapse
The Atlanta Falcons inexplicably blew a 25-point lead to lose 34-28 in overtime to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI. While there obviously were a multitude of factors that contributed to the historic meltdown, one Falcons player is placing some of the blame on one thing in particular:
Lady Gaga’s halftime show.
Falcons receiver Mohamed Sanu on Friday joined NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football,” and during his interview it was asked if Lady Gaga’s extended halftime show played a role in the Falcons blowing a 28-3 lead.
“It definitely did,” Sanu said, via CBS Sports.
As with every Super Bowl halftime show, Lady Gaga’s performance ran much longer than a typical NFL halftime, which lasts twelve minutes.
Gaga’s show, which was allotted 30 minutes, kept players off the field for approximately 40 minutes.
Halftime timelapse. The coordination is ridiculous. #SB51 pic.twitter.com/kfEbpy6mvW
— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) February 6, 2017
Sanu insists the delay made it difficult for the Falcons to get back on track after staking a 21-3 halftime lead.
“Usually, halftime is only like 15 minutes, and when you’re not on the field for like an hour, it’s just like going to work out, like a great workout, and you go sit on the couch for an hour and then try to start working out again,” Sanu said.
It’s worth noting the Falcons actually were in command of the game in the third quarter’s first seven minutes while going on an 85-yard touchdown drive to take a 28-3 lead.
Sanu was asked during the interview if a team can prepare for such a lengthy delay.
“I don’t know if you can simulate something like that,” he said. “That was my first time experiencing something like that, and it was different.”
Sanu’s protestations aside, the fact remains both teams were faced with the same issues and inconveniences presented by a lengthy halftime show, as has been the case at every Super Bowl for years.
To Sanu’s credit, he also conceded perhaps running the ball a bit more in the second half may have helped the Falcons preserve the lead, a criticism often levied at Atlanta in the wake of the brutal loss. That bit of in-game strategy probably was more of a contributing factor than Lady Gaga’s extravagant halftime show.