Falcons player says Lady Gaga’s halftime show contributed to team’s collapse

HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05:  Mohamed Sanu #12 of the Atlanta Falcons makes a catch against LeGarrette Blount #29 of the New England Patriots during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Mohamed Sanu #12 of the Atlanta Falcons makes a catch against a New England Patriots player during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. –Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The result of Super Bowl LI might have some Atlanta Falcons still scratching their heads, as they continue to search for any explanation (other than Tom Brady) for how they could have blown a 28-3 third-quarter lead against the New England Patriots.

Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu has one idea: Lady Gaga’s halftime show.

On Friday’s edition of NFL Network’s Good Morning Football, Sanu said he “felt like momentum shifted” after the one-hour intermission for Gaga’s performance, adding that he thought his team wasn’t playing as aggressively as they usually do.

“Usually halftime’s only like 15 minutes,” he said. “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 then you’re going to sit on the couch for an hour. And then try to start working out again.”

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However, ESPN analysts were not convinced by Sanu’s reasoning.

“The thing I think that defeats Mohamed Sanu’s argument here is the fact that they extended their lead early in the second half,” NFL reporter Ed Werder said. “In the third quarter, they scored a touchdown that pushed their lead to 25 points. … Not fair to blame Lady Gaga.”

Former NFL linebacker Antonio Pierce added, “You’ve prepped all week. You know going into this that the Super Bowl halftime is longer. So that’s an excuse that you don’t need to have.”