“I think if you're innately a competitive person, it will always grind away at you. And now you get a chance to go line up against this team again. Does it do anything to change the Super Bowl? No, it doesn't. But I think it has to bring out some emotion in you. It's not just another game. There's just no way possible it could be.”
Collinsworth watched Super Bowl LI from the stands in Houston last February. He called it “one of the most, if not the most remarkable game I've ever seen in my entire lifetime, watching the Falcons fans celebrating their Super Bowl championship in the middle of the third quarter.”
“Obviously two different teams now than what they were then,” Collinsworth said. “But the emotions of that night were just so raw. It's going to create for such an interesting game (Sunday) and especially when you combine last year's Most Valuable Player in Matt Ryan and this year's guy who is playing as well as he always does in Tom Brady. You get it all.
“And plus, you get a little bit of what happened to these two teams a week ago that just sort of reinforces the story line … the Patriots with a big comeback against the Jets down 14-0 and we saw the Falcons blow a 17-0 lead against the Dolphins.
“So a lot of story lines going in.”
But you know which one is biggest.
The Falcons are looking ahead to Sunday??s Super Bowl rematch with the New England Patriots.
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