The ideal matchup for the NFL would have been either a Patriots/Cowboys or a Patriots/Packers Super Bowl, but they will have to settle for the Patriots matchup with the Falcons.
Adding to reports that the atmosphere down in Houston has been lack-luster in terms of excitement for the game relative to recent years, apparently pep rallies are even being cancelled due to not enough fans showing up.
The Falcons were reportedly set to host a pre-game rally today in Houston outside NRG Stadium at 3PM, only to cancel due to the lack of fans that actually came.
FYI: Falcons rally at 3 PM has been canceled. Apparently not enough fans. I’m not kidding. Pats fans outnumbering ATL fans 10 to 1. #NOBPats
— Bill Burt (@BurtTalksSports) February 4, 2017
The #Falcons rally today in Houston has been canceled due to the lack of Falcons fans.
— BostonSportsPub (@BostonSportsPub) February 4, 2017
IMAGES:Patriots Fan rally in Houston. During it was announced 3pm Falcons Rally cancelled (too bad so sad) https://t.co/taaTIbdVQa
— Ted Daniel (@tvnewzted) February 4, 2017
Meanwhile, at the Patriots rally, the crowd appeared to be packed with excited New Englanders.