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Rodney Harrison explains why he left Super Bowl LI in third quarter

Ryan Hannable
October 17, 2017 - 6:53 pm

The Patriots will meet the Falcons this Sunday night on NBC in a rematch of Super Bowl LI.

Former Patriots safety Rodney Harrison will be part of "Football Night in America" on NBC before the game, and speaking on a conference call to preview the game Tuesday, he shared a story from the Super Bowl in which he left early. 

"I ended up leaving in the third quarter. I was getting harassed by Falcon fans, so it got to a point where it was so bad, I just left. I felt like we were going to lose and we were actually going to get blown out," Harrison said. "I ended up going back to the hotel, sitting in the bar watching it along with probably 300 other fans, all rooting against the Patriots. The Patriots end up pulling it out, so I felt terrible for leaving, but at the same point, I was happy the Patriots won."

Harrison said "finishing" will be a theme with both teams this week.

"[Bill Belichick's] theme has always been about finishing," Harrison said. "The Falcons, that's something they haven't been able to do, whether it's the Super Bowl or the last couple of weeks. That's probably something [Dan Quinn will] be preaching to his team this week."

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