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Atlanta mayor wants ‘anybody other than the Saints’ in Super Bowl

The NFL is set to arrive in Atlanta next week as final preparations begin in earnest for Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Feb. 3.

Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms was asked last week which teams she would like to play in her town in the Super Bowl. Her response is hardly surprising given one of the final four teams in the hunt for a berth.

“Just anybody other than the Saints. I know there’s going to be a bounty on my head for saying that,” Bottoms said, via Atlanta’s 4WWL. “But, if it can’t be the Falcons, then hey, as long as it’s not the Saints then I am happy.”

Given the Saints’ divisional rivalry with the hometown Falcons, the mayor’s desire to have any of the three teams besides the Saints makes total sense. So, her preference obviously would be for the Los Angeles Rams to represent the NFC.

As far as the New England Patriots-Kansas City Chiefs showdown in the AFC Championship Game? Either one apparently would be fine with her.

The notion that the Saints would take over the Falcons’ facilities for practices and the like surely would rub the local team’s fans the wrong way as well.

The Minnesota Vikings faithful experienced somewhat similar circumstances last year when the Philadelphia Eagles and the team’s fans descended upon Minneapolis for Super Bowl LII after convincingly vanquishing their squad in the NFC Championship Game.

In other words, the assumption is that Falcons fans, much like the mayor, will be rooting for the Rams come Sunday afternoon, not the hated Saints.