BOSTON (CBS) – The Atlanta Falcons weren’t able to keep their Poker Face during the second half and overtime of Super Bowl LI against the Patriots.

With a few weeks to ponder how his team blew a 25-point second half lead, one member of the Falcons turned to Lady Gaga as a possible scapegoat.

Wide receiver Mohamed Sanu told the NFL Network’s Good Morning Football on Friday that Lady Gaga’s 40-minute halftime performance “definitely did” impact the team’s play in the second half.

“Usually, halftime is only like 15 minutes, 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 you go sit on the couch for an hour and then try to start working out again,” Sanu said on the NFL Network, via by CBS Sports.

Sanu said he doesn’t “know if you can simulate something like” the lengthy halftime break.

Leading up to past Super Bowl appearances, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has had his team stop for a half hour in the middle of practice to simulate the halftime performance.

The Falcons receiver also said in the interview that the thought that Atlanta should have run the ball more in the second half “crosses your mind.” But he said the team opted to be aggressive offensively as they were all season.

Comments (115)
  1. weak. Apparently, you can’t edit a typo on this site.

  2. If you listen to the “mic’ed up” segments, he was the one doing all the talking. He was the one standing on the sideline in the 3rd quarter telling Taylor Gabriel, and I quote, ” we are going to hang 40 something on they ass”. He only had 2 receptions for 25 yards. Less chatter and more production would helped their cause.

    1. Gus Mueller says:

      You do see the obvious factor that prevents that right?

  3. Paul Semenza says:

    glad Patriots never picked up Sanu. Loser

  4. It wasn’t the long halftime, or the weather…it was the Russians.

    1. Mike Herman says:

      I would have blamed the electoral college.

      1. The Electoral College is mentioned in the Constitution, the Russians are not.

    2. Yes, but it was also Trump’s fault, lol. He is friends with Tom Brady and the owner. Can we also blame fake news too? pathetic

    3. Bob Beckman says:

      How about the old reliable? It was George Bush.

      1. That’s NOT fair! I wanted 2 say that! LOL!

      2. Yes, of course! It could be termed something like his ‘lingering’ or ‘residual’ negativity. They should just keep throwing excuses up against the wall until one of them seems to stick, even if only momentarily. And then, everyone should crowd all around it. And, in a show of reinforcing mutual agreement, all should nod fiercely with stern looks on their faces! There’s the ticket!

      3. Wow! You went old school on us. Nice. Haven’t heard Bush blamed for something since, what, January? I think it is the White Patriarchy, facilitated by Bush, Trump, and the RNC. They were working with the Russians to hack the electoral college which in turn caused attention to be placed on Lady Gaga’s half time show which then lead to the Falcons being too distracted to learn to practice choking.

    1. I’m sorry, what point is he making that wouldn’t also apply to the patriots?

      Did they somehow avoid the 40 minute halftime break?

      Why would the break arbitrarily affect the Falcons in some specific way but not the Patriots?

      1. In this case, @RTLW14, merely saying “he’s got a point” is a non-sequitur because Sanu tried (lamely) to posit two points — i.e., that somehow Lady Gaga’s show was at fault because it was inordinately long (40 minutes), and then he also said that the failure of the Falcons to run the ball more in the second half crossed his mind as well.

        So which one was it? Which one was the so-called valid point?

        Or, maybe neither one was a ‘valid’ point. Maybe he was just mumbling a few excuses. Thoughts?

      2. Heh. Looks like @Custom_Quality_Painting has gone silent on the “He’s got a point” claim.

  5. Always good to have a coin toss decide the fate of the most important game in the league. They should play a full fifteen minutes.

    1. Keith Kelley says:

      or the falcons could have.. run ball 3 times kicked a field goal to win it, stop pats from scoring 25 points not only including touch downs but two 2 point play attempts. Getting points off botched on side kick attempt. Or not allowing a sack… or not allowing a fumble.. maybe a running back blocking instead of allowing him to run past him. See the falcons could have won.. just stop them. Oh and they could have stopped the pats from matching down the field for the touch down. No worries just like every other year the NFL will change the rules since everytime the pats win they always have to change the rules to see if they can make it fair for other participants.

  6. Kye Kelly says:

    The Falcons sound like the DNC and Clinton. By the way, halftime was just a long for the Pats as it was for the Falcons…and halftimes are always long at Superbowls. But, in my humble football driven opinion, football is the reason people watch or attend Superbowls..not halftime entertainment. A national champion marching band or drum and bugle corps with an eight minute show would be just ducky.

  7. “Anti-racists” say there’s a RACE problem. They say it’ll be solved when non-Whites pour into ALL & ONLY White nations and “assimilate” to get a brown mixture.

    They say only White nations have this RACE problem; they say non-White nations are fine.

    If I object to my own genocide these “anti-racists” say I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

    They say they’re anti-racist. What they are is anti-White.

    Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White.

  8. Steve Lubin says:

    Watching that pig would be enough for one to lose their cookies as well as a 23 point lead.

  9. Gus Mueller says:

    Leave it to a Negro to argue that he failed because he was too well-rested.

  10. Lady Gaga’s halftime performance sucked so bad, the Patriots football’s all deflated, giving Tom Brady a perfect grip. So it was her fault for this reason too.

  11. Sounds like Hillary looking for one excuse after another as to why she wasn’t the cause of her loss to President Trump. There must be someone or something else to blame. Sad.

  12. Ferd Berfel says:

    The NFL has made the Super Bowl into the Super Bore with 40 minute long ridiculous halftime shows. Mohamed Sanu is exactly right.

  13. Linda Bueker says:

    Being a Bengal fan, and a former fan of Sanu, it was hard to see him leave via free agency, but his comments were disappointing. He sounded like a whiny-a$$ crybaby.

  14. The halftime show was what I thought would be the highlight of the game, but the ending choke of the Falcons proved the true highlight. So, Sanu got it wrong – he was a major part of the second highlight.

  15. Julio Pezuka says:

    Fortunately, the Patriot’s half-time was much shorter.

  16. The length of the halftime is what it is. Both teams experienced the same thing, so both teams knew about what was coming and had an equal opportunity to prepare. To put the blame on Lady Gaga is really reaching in desperation, might as well blame it on Trump or Obama.

  17. Black People are funny … Nothing is ever their fault … Watch the TV Show “COPS” to see how Black People caught on camera are never guilty of anything ….

  18. Gil Vietor says:

    Ya, if only the Patriots had the same length of time off the field…

  19. As much as I wanted Atlanta to win the Super Bowl, I have to admit this excuse is ridiculous. The Patriots were out the same amount of time as were the Falcons during Half-Time.

  20. If Gaga had sung “Paparazzi” instead of “Just Dance”, the Falcons certainly would have won.

  21. Tom Brady inflated the half time show to make up for #deflategate

  22. The opinion of an 85-IQ entity whose “love of the game” should have them playing for free?

  23. This professional NFL player is an IDIOT…Lady Gaga’s performance was 13:45… anyone can watch her EPIC performance on You Tube…what a goofball. It’s amazing when people struggle with reality – the truth is all of their answers are in the mirror. Tom Brady and the Patriots had nearly 10-minutes of perfect plays back to back to back to back to win the greatest comeback in the history of Super Bowl.

  24. Ok Millennials, its always someone else’s fault when you screw up! Could it be the team was just played lousy and lost!

  25. Waaah waaah waah what stupid whiners!!!

  26. Ed Gruberman says:

    He should have played in Super Bowl XLVII, they had a 34 minute power outage in the 3rd quarter. ’49ers almost made a comeback.

  27. Nah, you lost because this year’s Super bowl was a surrogate for Donald Trump (NE) vs. John Lewis (ATL). Of course, President Trump won.

  28. tadchem says:

    As I see it, Sana is trying to blame Lady Gaga for his own lack of conditioning. He knew going in that it wasn’t going to be a 15-minute half time show, but he sat on his butt rather than keep warmed up.

    1. Kevin Dayton says:

      exactly– more fake news– from the editor who chose the title of the article– It had nothing to do with Gaga– it was the length of the halftime show

  29. rytwinger says:

    Right, and of course the Patriots didn’t sit the same amount of time. Its like this, idiot mohamed, you burned the adrenaline with your stupid chimp like celebrations and it probably tightened you losers up. Then, you spent the second half trying to not lose instead of trying to win.
    Blame yourselves, its of course not trendy and certainly not demotard like, but YOU Falcons blew it, not some singer….

  30. cag404 says:

    Didn’t the Patriots sit out the same half-time show? I know they weren’t there for the first half, but I thought they showed up for the second. Maybe I missed something.

  31. Gary Jaffe says:

    I thought the half-time was the same length for both teams? Am I wrong? Why did it not effect the Patriots?

  32. The Falcons lost because of bone head play selection. After two great offensive plays, the smart offensive coordinator runs three run plays and let’s the field goal kicker do his job. If successful, take the gift and chalk up that first super bowl win. Shannahan got too cute and it cost them. I could have sworn he called Mike Bobo for a call. Dan Quinn could have overruled his oc but like Mark Richt, he let his oc do something stupid.

  33. Steve Austin says:

    Th falcons went to a prevent defense in the second half. A defense that never works, and they quit rushing Brady. Had they played the second half just like they played the first they would have won. Blame their stupid coaches.

  34. Kurt Smith says:

    he could be making a good case. Yeah, Pats had the same time, but there’s obvious situations that can make the extra time a good or bad thing. Atlanta was the underdog but had huge momentum and would really liked to have kept it moving. And on the other hand, the pats would have probably like to have had another 20 minutes. i really don’t know how real he is or just whining, but there’s a case.
    It’s more interesting the way the press brought it out. He wasn’t blaming it on Lady Gaga; he was blaming it on a “40 min halftime,” he didn’t care who was up there. But the headline seems to be projecting a conflict that isn’t there, or misplaced. hmmm….tricky media.

  35. Bob Suyak says:

    Good news to hear, because I thought it was Trump’s fault.

  36. Mark Calki says:

    What an idiot! Everybody knows it was the Russians working cahoots with the FBI that did them in.

  37. Steve Grant says:

    Thought maybe, the Atlanta players were still overwrought by Hillary’s devastating loss in November.

  38. Ho, Ho, Ho……………at least Gaga did not expose a boob like Janet Jackson did during her performance back then. That maybe would be a better excuse. The guy is a twit. Halftimes effect both teams.

  39. John Fembup says:

    Lady Gaga is just like a partly-deflated football – only helps the Pats.

  40. Bob Bernet says:

    Did Sanu forget that the Patriots also had to sit around for 40 minutes during the halftime show? I doubt if we’ll hear anything like that from any other Atlanta player. Sanu must be easily triggered.

  41. Just when you think you’ve heard it all.

  42. It had nothing to do with the half-time. It was stupid play calling from the sidelines. With less than 5 minutes left, and the team is on the 22 yard line, 1st and 10, run three plays, kick a field goal, you’re up 11. Falcon’s win game.

  43. Bernie Cohen says:

    C’mon! I thought the game was rigged.

  44. First, parents should explain to their kids that “Gaga” is not a “lady”- just another sexual provocateur from the sick music industry. Second, they should explain to children that losers assign blame to for their failures to completely irrelevant targets. Third, they should explain Divine justice and hat Brady won as recompense against the liberal NFL because of their ridiculous targeting of the quarterback and his team often the nonsense of a slightly underinflated football. Finally, parents should teach their children that football is an overrated childrens’ game that makes many grown men unworthy millionaires.

  45. Jon Guirl says:

    I thought it was called an Escape Goat :-/

  46. Wayne Hosh says:

    For sure it can have an effect but it’s the same for both teams. …and a pre-planned break it doesn’ even begin to compare to say pro tennis where players have rain-delays and break sometimes restarting 3 times in the same day or having to go back out the next day – never knowing what might happen minute to minute during the break, then having to go back out and 1 on 1 run and hit at top speed …..bottom line: don’t be a total whiner and wimp Sanu.

  47. Wendy Godwin says:

    That rationale makes about as much sense as my son claiming that I put a hex on a team when I call the game too early. If I have more control over a game than the team does, then they need to hang it up. If Lady Gaga has more control over the Falcons than the Falcons, hahaha…I can’t even finish the sentence……and I rooted for them.

  48. Jim Monks says:

    So then the Pats should have come out and played even worse using his logic. This is loser talk from a loser, nothing more.

  49. No; “It is very bad to steal Jobus rum”!

  50. Keyser Soze says:

    Occam’s razor basically says the simplest reason is usually best. In this case, instead of trying to deflect blame..point the finger inward. Had the OC (now SF’s head coach) simply called a few more running plays the game would have been won.

  51. No, actually, you lost the game because 1) your defense completely laid down the 2nd half and 2) your idiotic play calling of your OC by not running the ball on 2nd down at the NE 22 yard line and Ryan taking a sack. You run more clock and kick that FG, then you have a nice shiny ring on your finger. Instead you are sitting here a month later blaming your laughable defeat on the half time show. Pathetic! You are on the wrong side of history and that will be replayed over and over again. Oh well.

  52. Ted Unlis says:

    Mohamed might have a point, if halftime had been only 15 instead of 40 minutes, the Falcons players might not have had time to choreograph their victory dance moves or plan their Super Bowl victory parties.

  53. Why do they call this game football ? First, it is not a ball, but two cones glued together.
    Second the feet are used only to kick a field goal, the ball is either thrown, carried, piled on or deflated. So can we rename the game to “hand-cone”? with bicycle pump optional ?

  54. The DDS, as in Democrat Denial Syndrome, seems to be contagious. Maybe it was due to another fatal flaw…..playing not to lose instead of playing to win. No, Mo, you guys just choked,,,,,BIG TIME, on the national stage, to a superior team.

  55. On my Facebook page, I’m repeatedly explaining that Atlanta is not a championship town! The Atlanta Falcons and the Atlanta Hawks always had top-notch teams–but they could never win the big ones! Yet, the Falcons had it in the bag and threw it away. QB Matt Ryan gave the game to the Patriots by not handing the ball off and running it! He and the coach should be gone!

  56. Pamela Hall says:

    I’m shocked. A loser athlete blaming someone else for his team’s poor performance. How original.

  57. Apparently the longer half time resulted in the footballs deflating, thus giving the GOAT the advantage. I thought during LG’s performance I could hear Goodell yelling “check the pressures. For God’s sake someone check the pressures.”

  58. Gene Maynard says:

    The Patriots, on the other hand, must have only had to sit out a 15 minute half-time!?!?!?!

    O, and BTW, this was the Superbowl….. all the half-times are longer…… did you work for Hillary at one time?

  59. Oh please!
    Nobody should blame a sports loss on Gaga’s blubbery performance.

  60. Well snowflake, the only “trouble” with halftime is… there remains a full 2 quarters of play afterwards. And BOTH teams had to experience the same halftime show. The Falcons came out of halftime with an impressive touchdown drive, then the sideline party commenced…….The Patriots were not invited to that party, so they commenced to play football. “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.”

  61. Whatever happened to taking responsibility for your own actions. Every celeb that fails MAKES an EXCUSE and BLAMES everyone and everything around them instead of saying something like…”If we had remained more focused in the task at hand we would have done better , we will have to make sure that we mentally do not relax next time.”
    Nope it was Lady Gaga ‘s halftime show , yeah that’s it she made us lose……..grown man giving this excuse……….pathetic

  62. I’m curious how the Patriots escaped Lady Gaga’s 1/2 hour half time show? It only affected the Falcons. I guess the Patriots somehow shortened their halftime break to 15 minutes!

    The audacity of blame-shifting!

  63. Wait, wasn’t the halftime break just as long for the Patriots as the Falcons?

  64. Don Rhudy says:

    Doubtless Sanu has a point. I’ve often wondered about those long halftime shows at the Super Bowl and their effect on the game. In the first Super Bowls they used a regular length halftime and they should do it still. The halftime shows, incidentally, are boring and a waste of time and money.

  65. more cry baby stuff. this half time show was the same length as other super bowl shows.
    and, let’s see, was the length of the half time show the same for the patriots as it was for the falcons?

  66. The failure of the offense to sustain any drives and give their defense a break was the root cause of the loss. Anyone could see the drop off in play between the first and fourth quarter. A defense cannot be expected to defend over 90 plays and win.

  67. Jeff Yorton says:

    What a moron. The other team operates under the same conditions. Here’s my take on why you lost, Mr. Sanu. You and your team SUCKED.

  68. Bill Jackman says:

    He makes a good point. And Belichek is genius to take a halftime break in his practices.

  69. mrsugs says:

    Sounds like another person who wants to blames others for there loss. Man up, you got beaten down in a romp by the Patriots who had a better team. The Patriots,were minus some of there star players,yet they did not cry and complain. They went out and play like Pros and won the game. Get over it snow flake. You sound like a lamocrat.

  70. Lei Pong says:

    BS…accept what happened work and grow…excuses will keep you from being a champion. Dominick Cruz sums it well/…

  71. Kim A Kirk says:

    I also remember during one Super Bowl the lights went out for a good while during the game… and it too was a momentum changer. The team that was losing came back and won. But both teams are affected… you have to play thru those things.

  72. MH Thomas says:

    I guess every Superbowl Loser could use this same excuse. It was probably the best Superbowl game ever and Atlanta deserves a lot of credit but on that day the Patriots were/are the better team. Sorry to see Sanu looking for excuses outside the locker room.

  73. I did not realize that the Falcons had a longer half time that the Patriots.

    If both teams did not play by the same rules then maybe he’d have an argument.

  74. Looks like the hare was so confident about winning the race that he decided to take a little nap at the half way point.

  75. A black Muslim blaming someone else for the lose. Does he think he is a former president?

  76. The halftime shows are stupid. The only thing good about them is that it gives me time to walk my dog. A constipated dog needs more time and I don’t have to rush back.

  77. Neil Mace says:

    Did not New England have the same Lengthy half-time?

  78. The fact that Gaga is an admitted satanist might also have something to do with it.
    Perhaps the Patriots knew to be centered in prayer so and demons she called up couldn’t suck their life force?

  79. Must’ve really brain locked the Falcon’s coaching staff worse than anyone.

  80. He’s got it all Backwards…. The Patriots came out for the second half well rested where the Falcons were all pooped out.