Is the Super Bowl halftime show too long?
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu seems to think so.
He and his team were on the wrong end of a historic 25-point comeback by the New England Patriots. Sanu, who signed a five-year, $32.5 million contract with the Falcons last offseason, was held to just two receptions and 25 yards in the big game.
The 27-year-old made an appearance on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football to share his thoughts on the Super Bowl. Sanu drew a reaction from his comment on one particular topic — the world-renowned halftime show.
“It definitely [affected us] because usually halftime is only like 15 minutes so when you’re not on the field for an hour, it’s like going to work out, having a great workout, sitting on the couch for an hour and then trying to work out again.”
So did Lady Gaga cost the Falcons the Super Bowl?
Of course she didn’t. While the veteran receiver makes a valid point about needing to adjust to a lengthened intermission, the players on the field undoubtedly decide the outcome.
Atlanta even increased their 21-3 halftime lead to 28-3 in the third quarter. At that point, Sanu, like most people watching, believed the game was under control.
“You’re thinking ‘OK we got this, let’s keep doing what we’re doing and trust the process.’ Just go out there and do what we do. I just felt like momentum shifted and we weren’t playing as aggressively as we usually do. It’s just unfortunate.”
Did the Falcons take their foot off the gas pedal in the second half? Perhaps, but give credit where it’s due. The Patriots, led by key plays from Tom Brady, Julian Edelman, and Dont’a Hightower, made the necessary adjustments to pull off the unthinkable. Not Lady Gaga.