His play calling during Atlanta’s blowout win over Green Bay Sunday was magnificent, and it’s just a continuation of what we’ve been seeing from the young offensive mastermind all year long. When the Falcons scored a touchdown on their first drive of the game, it marked the eighth game in a row that they had accomplished the feat.
Shanahan is presumed to be the next man in line to coach the San Francisco 49ers. It’s been reported that Falcons coaches have already been informed Shanahan will accept the job, and he’s reportedly already scheduled to meet with the club for a second interview this week (more on that here).
Obviously, the 49ers will have to sit tight another couple of weeks until after Super Bowl LI to officially offer Shanahan the head coaching job. But based on the way he’s elevated Atlanta to new heights offensively this year, they’ll be more than content to wait.
On that note, Jed York better be ready to make Kyle Shanahan a very rich young man.
Loser: Pittsburgh defense offers no resistance
Tom Brady and Co. had their way with the Steelers through the air, especially in the first half, and Chris Hogan was on fire (more on him in a bit).
At the end of the first half, Brady had already racked up 222 yards on 19-of-24 passing with the two touchdowns to Hogan and no interceptions. As a result, New England took a 17-9 lead into halftime.
Things didn’t change much in the second half, either.
While the running game never got going much, we did have a LeGarrette Blount sighting for the ages when he carried darn near the entire Steelers defense with him to the goal line (watch here) before putting the ball into the end zone one play later.
Julian Edelman came alive in the second half, joining Hogan in the 100-plus-yards club with eight catches for 118 yards and a touchdown.
In the end, the Patriots totaled 431 yards, 26 first downs, converted an impressive 11-of-17 third downs and demoralized the Steelers, who ended up looking very tired in the fourth quarter.
Winner: Tom Brady heading to his seventh Super Bowl