The Atlanta Falcons have a rematch with the New England Patriots on Sunday but they seem to be confused about what it is.
It’s undoubtedly a rematch of Super Bowl 51, but Falcons owner Arthur Blank is insistent on pretending that it’s not a rematch of Super Bowl 51.
“No, no closure,” Blank told Ian Rapoport of NFL Media this week. “There’s nothing open. I mean, if there’s nothing open, there’s nothing to close.
“I’d say the franchise had a wonderful year, I mean that truly. Both on and off the field. We finished our stadium, the team had a wonderful year, competed at the highest level. It didn’t end the way we wanted to, we certainly didn’t conclude the way we wanted to. But we’ve learned from it, grown from it, I think we’re better for it.”
And that’s lovely sentiment, but it doesn’t change the fact that the Falcons are out to vanquish their foes from Super Bowl 51. Ignoring that fact seems odd and, while he’s right, it doesn’t change what happened, it’s just silly to act like it never happened and there is nothing to gain from getting revenge on Sunday night against the team that continues to chide them for 28-3.
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