Atlanta Falcons blame Lady Gaga for Super Bowl collapse

For those who marveled at the New England Patriots' fantastic comeback in Super Bowl LI, it was something they won't soon forget.

Sanu was understandably defensive of the Falcons, who blew a 28-3 lead to the Patriots and lost the game in overtime.

Despite those hiccups and a disappointing result, Sanu assumed an optimistic point of view when taking stock of everything the Falcons accomplished in 2016. With the right pickups, teams can go from perennial playoff team to perennial Super Bowl contender.

The Falcons led 21-3 at halftime and appeared to have all the momentum.

During the regular season, halftime lasts 15 minutes.

Then came Lady Gaga's performance and the extended break.

Kudos to Sanu for answering the questions with a level head. He told the host the length of the halftime show affected his team's performance. And then try to start working out again. He added he did not think something like that can be simulated.

Looking at New England's starting roster, you'll find that eight of their 22 starters (36.4%) were signed through free agency, including Super Bowl XLIX hero Malcolm Butler and wide receiver Chris Hogan.

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.

Despite the gripes among players, don't expect the National Football League to alter the Super Bowl Halftime anytime soon. Dan Quinn's team went from 8-8 the previous season to the franchise's first game on Super Sunday since 1998.

The five-year veteran also offered a partial explanation for his team's being a step slow in the second half-they had to wait much longer than they're used to at the midway break for the halftime show, which was headlined by Lady Gaga.

  • Salvatore Jensen