If things break a certain way on Sunday, Atlanta Falcons fans are going to be in for quite the torment during Super Bowl week.
Atlanta’s bitter division rival (New Orleans Saints) and the team they coughed up a 25-point lead to in Super Bowl LII(New England Patriots) are each one victory away from squaring off in this year’s title game.
The Saints will host the Los Angeles Rams at 2:05 p.m. (CST) on Jan. 20 (FOX) in the NFC Championship Game and the Kansas City Chiefs host the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game on Jan. 20 (CBS) at 5:40 p.m. (CST).
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) January 14, 2019
The winners will square off in Super Bowl LII on Feb. 3 from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ rooting preferences for a Super Bowl matchup take into account a potential Who Dat Nation takeover.
“Just anybody other than the Saints”
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— Terrell Thomas (@Eldorado2452) January 10, 2019
“Just anybody other than the Saints. I know there’s going to be a bounty on my head for saying that,” Bottoms laughingly said to USA Today. “But, if it can’t be the Falcons, then hey, as long as it’s not the Saints, then I am happy.”
“as long as it’s not the Saints, then I am happy.”
Of course, Mayor Bottoms’ joke didn’t go over well with the New Orleans contingent of public officials, one of whom fired back regarding the Falcons squandering a 28-3 lead over the Patriots a few years ago.
“I’m sorry she feels that way. We would welcome them here,” City Councilman Jay Banks said to The Advocate. “At the end of the day they shouldn’t be mad at us that they suck. It’s not our fault that they choked.”
New Orleans politicians are confident a black and gold invasion is infiltrating the ATL.
“I think I can say on behalf of the whole council, Mayor Bottoms, we expect to see you in Atlanta in just a couple of weeks,” Councilman Joe Giarrusso said to USA Today.
Leaving the Peach State with a second Super Bowl title while the hosts remain stuck at zero would add another sweet layer of satisfaction.
— King Cake Mart (@BreauxMart) January 15, 2019
“We will win there,” Banks said to The Advocate. “They should be happy that someone’s winning there. They can’t.”