Pro Football Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez played the final five seasons of his 17-year National Football League career with the Atlanta Falcons, retiring at the close of the 2013 season.
On Sunday afternoon, speaking as a Fox Sports analyst as much as a Falcons alum, Gonzalez said of Atlanta's shocking 40-39 loss at Dallas after leading the Cowboys by 15 points with less than five minutes to play: "It's hot-seat time for (Atlanta coach) Dan Quinn. This is a gut punch to the Falcons."
That wasn't all that was said in the Fox studio after this one.
Howie Long called it "mind-boggling."
Michael Strahan added: "It seems like Atlanta always finds a way to lose these kinds of games."
In truth, for all those long-suffering souls in Falcons Nation who are still trying to get over that 28-3 lead their heroes blew in that Super Bowl loss to the New England Patriots at the close of the 2016 season, the words of Gonzalez, Long and Strahan all carried equal weight.