To many, Sunday's meeting between the Patriots and Falcons is a rematch of Super Bowl 51.
To Arthur Blank, it's just another game.
The Falcons owner downplayed the magnitude of the mathup, saying the team has moved on from February's collapse and remains focused on the current season at stake.
“No, no closure,” Blank told NFL Insider Ian Rapoport this week prior to exiting the NFL Fall Meetings in New York. “There’s nothing open. I mean, if there’s nothing open, there’s nothing to close.”
The Falcons watched in agony as their 28-3 lead disappeared and the Patriots claimed the championship in a historic comeback. But Blank insisted the team has closed the door on last season.
“Last year is finished,” Blank said. “I’d say the franchise had a wonderful year, I mean that truly. Both on and off the field. We finished our stadium, the team had a wonderful year, competed at the highest level. It didn’t end the way we wanted to, we certainly didn’t conclude the way we wanted to. But we’ve learned from it, grown from it, I think we’re better for it.”
As for New England, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski revealed this week that the team is under "strict rules" not to discuss the Super Bowl.
We'll see who gets the last word at Gillette Stadium at 8:30 p.m. ET Sunday night.