To recap Super Bowl LI, the Falcons went into the halftime break
with a 21-3 lead against the New England Patriots. Atlanta then scored a touchdown early in the third quarter to lead the Patriots 28-3. The game appeared to be all but over. But then the Falcons choked and the Patriots managed to score 25 points to tie the game at the end of the fourth quarter. For the first time in history, the Super Bowl went into overtime. During the overtime, Tom Brady led New England to a 34-28 win over the Falcons.
During the regular season, halftime lasts 15 minutes. But during Super Bowl LI, Lady Gaga performed for 40 minutes. Add that to the time it took to construct and then disassemble the stage, the players were off the field for an hour.
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On Friday, Sanu was interviewed on the NFL Network’s Good Morning Football
. He told the host
the length of the halftime show affected his team's performance. Sanu compared the break to working out, taking a long break and then working out again. He added he did not think something like that can be simulated.
But according to the laws of physics, the halftime break was just as long for the Patriots as it was for the Falcons. New England Patriots coach Bill Bilichick had his team take long breaks during pre-Super Bowl practises. So it appears you actually can simulate a one hour halftime break.
A lot of people blame the Falcons former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan
for the loss. Shanahan was criticized for not calling more running plays during the second half. Sanu refused to blame Shanahan, arguing the Falcons played like they played all season; the same play that led them to the Super Bowl. He said the thought his team was not running the ball enough crossed his mind, “but as a player, you do what the coach tells you to do.”
So it seems Sanu thinks it was Lady Gaga’s lengthy halftime show that was the main reason the Patriots were able to make dramatic comeback to tie and then win the game. But as Tom Griffin
, writing in the San Antonio Express put it, Lady Gaga was not the one who passed on third-and-one.