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AMC’s ‘Preacher’ trolls Falcons with ‘Super Bowl Champions’ shirt (pic)

The Atlanta Falcons suffered the humiliating indignity of blowing a 28-3 third-quarter lead in a historic overtime loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI.

The Falcons obviously would like to put the nightmare behind them and look ahead to the 2017 NFL season. But AMC’s “Preacher” —  a gonzo series inspired by the DC Vertigo comic about a flawed man of the cloth in search of God with the assistance of an old flame and a vampire — pulled an epic troll job mocking the stunning defeat.

A scene from Monday’s debut of the series’ seventh episode in its second season featured a young man in Vietnam sporting an “Atlanta Falcons 2017 Super Bowl Champions” t-shirt.

A screenshot documenting the dig was first posted to Twitter by Athlon Sports’ Bryan Fischer.

Oof.

Companies licensed to produce official NFL apparel and other such merchandise frequently manufacture products ahead of the ultimate outcomes of championship showdowns so it’s ready at game’s end. Such merchandise is typically destroyed or donated and doesn’t become available to consumers for purchase if things don’t go the team’s way.

NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy recently indicated in an email to the Detroit Free Press’ Dave Birkett that “non-winning apparel is generally shipped overseas to charitable organizations” when commenting upon how the Detroit Lions recently became involved in such a situation.

Given that setup, it makes sense that there are “Atlanta Falcons 2017 Super Bowl Champions” shirts out there somewhere. And in the case of Monday’s “Pig” episode of “Preacher,” Vietnam looks to be a logical locale.

[Atlanta Journal-Constitution]