Sunday morning everyone was so pumped up about the game. We woke up, put on our red and black, and were very excited. Robby had bought Falcon's socks the day before in honor of Hudson who loves a good pair of "pull-up socks."
Next, it was time for the official Super Bowl 51 Tailgate. There was yummy food, drinks, and lots of live music, including Lady Antebellum.
We stayed there for a little while and then we were ready to check out the stadium and walk around a bit so we made our way over. There were fans everywhere and it seemed to me that the Falcons fans were outnumbering the Patriot fans. We did a little shopping for souvenirs!
Then we found our seats which were in the end zone about 15 rows back. We knew it would be hard to see anything going on at the other end of the field, but we had a good view when they were close to us.
Really, we didn't care though. We were just so excited and happy to be there!
The energy and awe of everyone in the stadium was so high. When the teams were announced it was so loud. Since the stadium has a retractable roof (more on that in a few) they were able to keep it closed since the forecast was calling for rain and that made it even louder in there.
Luke Bryan sang the national anthem and did a wonderful job.
The former President Bush and his First Lady were escorted onto the field for the coin toss. It was so sweet to see them and all of the players seemed honored to shake their hands.
Anyone who watched the game knows the first half was awesome if you are a Falcons fan. We couldn't believe how well they are doing and that we went into halftime with such a huge lead. We thought for sure we had this game in the bag.
More people asked me about the half-time show than anything else about the Super Bowl. I loved it! I have always loved Lady Gaga and feel like she is such a great performer. She puts on a good show and that is what everyone got.
As soon as halftime began the roof to the stadium started opening and I knew that Lady Gaga had mentioned in previous interviews that she wanted to do something from the roof. As they were setting up for the show everyone kept staring at the sky searching for her. Come to find out after the fact that part of the show was pre-recorded, but when she started her decent into the stadium the spotlights focused on her and everyone saw her about half-way down. I have no idea where she came from but it had to be way up high, so for all I know she did come from the roof.
Because of where our seats were we couldn't see the front of the stage, but there was still plenty for us to take in. The lights, the fireworks, the set changes...all of it. I will say though that I loved coming home and watching a video of the full performance, because it was so much better to watch on TV!
The second half of the game just started to get worse and worse. As the Patriots were inching closer and closer to catching up with us our spirits just kind of kept sinking. We couldn't believe how we could have had such a big lead and then to have lost it. It honestly didn't feel real. Going into the first overtime ever in Super Bowl history had to say something about our team though and the fact that we made it there was such an incredible accomplishment. Here's hoping next season will be as wonderful as this one was!