The Atlanta Falcons blew a 28-3 lead in Super Bowl 51 before losing to the New England Patriots in overtime. It was a game that many sports fans will never forget. You also may remember that the Falcons went into the locker room at half up 21-3 with all the momentum. Then, the halftime show happened. The Super Bowl halftime show, which featured Lady Gaga, made for a 30-minute halftime compared to the 12-minute intermission in the regular season. Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu said the long layoff contributed to the epic Super Bowl meltdown. Sanu said on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football on Friday when asked about the halftime show’s negative effect: “It definitely did. Because usually,
In the second bit on non-surprising news of this Monday, the Arizona Cardinals officially placed the franchise tag on outside linebacker Chandler Jones. Arizona president Michael Bidwill had said at least twice in recent weeks that the team would tag Jones, whom it acquired via trade with the New England Patriots last season. The Patriots drafted the 6-foot-5 pass rusher 21st overall out of Syracuse in 2012, and he totaled 36 sacks in 55 games.
Impending free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins is expected to get the franchise tag from Washington by the deadline on Wednesday, according to ESPN. But that wouldn’t rule out Cousins landing with the 49ers and his former coordinator Kyle Shanahan. It’s been widely reported that Cousins and Washington have struggled to come up with an agreement on a long-term contract. If Washington isn’t confident it can get Cousins to sign a long-term deal, he could be given the transition tag, which would allow other teams to sign the signal caller to an offer sheet. The two teams could then work out a trade. The 49ers last worked out a significant trade involving a quarterback at the NFL Scouting Combine in