The Atlanta Falcons' historic Super Bowl collapse still rears its ugly head some mornings for wideout Mohamed Sanu.
"It's gotten better," Sanu told Good Morning Football of dealing with blowing a 28-3 lead to the New England Patriots with a quarter and a half of regulation left.
"But there are times I wake up like"—Sanu shook his fist and snapped his finger—"damn. But it is what it is."
The five-year veteran also offered a partial explanation for his team's being a step slow in the second half—they had to wait much longer than they're used to at the midway break for the halftime show, which was headlined by Lady Gaga.
"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," Sanu said.
But while the receiver had no qualms throwing the pop singer under the bus, he wouldn't do the same to former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, now the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. Shanahan has drawn criticism for his aggressive play-calling late in the game, which contributed to the Patriots' comeback.
"I mean, the thought (why aren't we running the ball?) crosses your mind, but as a player you do what the coach tells you to do," Sanu said. "He's called plays like that throughout the season all the time. He's been aggressive, we're an aggressive team, so we go out there and we do what we do."
Regardless of who deserves blame, Sanu doesn't think last season's Falcons squad will be defined by their collapse.
"I mean, it's however you guys want to interpret it as. Us as a team, we know what we have and what we did throughout the whole season and I wouldn't say the last quarter of that game is our legacy," Sanu said. "We did what we had to do throughout the season to make it to the big stage and we played well. It just so happened it didn't go our way."
Sorry, not happening.