Specifically, Vick said this in the Players’ Tribune:
“I’m 36 now and as my career winds down, and as my life begins to move on to its next chapter, I can’t help but feel as though I am finally coming full circle: The Falcons are back in the Super Bowl … and I’ll be there.”
The Raiders to Vegas plan hit a supposed snag last week when billionaire Sheldon Adelson, the CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corp., pulled his $650 million proposed investment from the potential deal. But the fact there’s no longer a casino mogul involved in the deal now sounds like something that had to happen for the league to truly consider Vegas.
The NBA moved the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, N.C., to New Orleans because of the league’s objection to North Carolina’s House Bill 2, which limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and it requires people to use the restroom that corresponds to their birth gender in public facilities. The NCAA relocated seven championship events from North Carolina last year in response to HB2.
The scoreless first quarter was nothing new to the Patriots, who have not scored in the first quarter of any of their seven Super Bowls under coach Bill Belichick. But the Patriots offense was even outscored by the Falcons defense in the first half.
The Falcons, with the NFL’s top scoring offense, had zero net passing yards in the first quarter. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, who was named NFL MVP on Saturday, threw just two passes in the first quarter, completing both for 12 yards.
The Falcons finally got a spark early in the second quarter as rookie linebacker Deion Jones forced a LeGarrette Blount fumble. The turnover led to 5-yard touchdown run by Devonta Freeman to cap a five-play, 71-yard drive buoyed by Julio Jones’ incredible 23-yard catch over the middle.