January 20, 2013
Falcons' Tony Gonzalez should have been target on final play
By STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

Atlanta's Tony Gonzalez celebrates scoring a TD against the 49ers on Sunday. (REUTERS)

Tony Gonzalez wanted the ball. That much was clear.

With his head down, sitting on the Atlanta bench, he mouthed the words clearly: “Wide open.” As in, he was wide open.

The pass that kept the Atlanta Falcons from the Super Bowl was incomplete to from Matt Ryan to Roddy White and maybe a penalty should have been called on Navarro Bowman. Maybe not. It doesn’t matter now.

But it was clear what Gonzalez thought in what was likely his last game after 16 marvelous seasons in the NFL. He thought he was open. He thought he should have been the target. And when you go back and watch the replay, maybe he was. Just as he made his cut.

As Gonzalez’s eyes looked downward, the owner of the Falcons, Arthur Blank, stood looking towards the turf, sadly shaking his head. the opportunity was gone. Gonzalez won’t get a Super Bowl in his Hall of Fame career.



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