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Lost: One Super Bowl game plan, for nervous half-hour

For about 30 minutes at the Super Bowl LI Opening Night, the backpack of Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan was missing.

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For about 30 minutes at the Super Bowl LI Opening Night, the backpack of Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan was missing.

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For about 30 minutes at the Super Bowl LI Opening Night, the backpack of Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan was missing. Gone. The game plan for Sunday’s game was in it.

No, the Patriots had nothing to do with it.

Shanahan, the soon-to-be 49ers head coach, discovered his backpack was nowhere to be found when the Falcons media session ended Monday night at Minute Maid Park. NFL security personnel searched frantically.

Turns out, longtime San Francisco columnist Art Spander accidentally picked up Shanahan’s backpack where the media had surrounded Shanahan and it was returned a half hour later.

"That would have been bad," Shanahan told USA Today about potentially losing the Super Bowl game plan.

Spander discovered the mistake when he noticed the backpack he was carrying did not have his computer.

"As if I could figure it out. I was panicked because he had mine and my computer," Spander tweeted.

[Last modified: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 12:03pm]

    

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