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Who Dats react to Super Bowl contenders


New Orleans, La. - Decatur Street bustles with a reminder that company's coming to town in just three weeks.

Crews blocked off part of Jackson Square to make room for Super Bowl media platforms.

The city says it's ready to host whichever teams end up in the big game, but football fans across New Orleans have their own feelings about who gets to play for the Lombardi Trophy in the Superdome.

"The Falcons are our rivals. We can't have them play in the Dome. We can't have them win a Super Bowl in the Dome," says Jordan Mangano.

The NFC title has been narrowed down to either the Dirty Birds or the 49ers.

"The Falcons, or the Dirty Birds as we call them, are our rivals. No one wants them here," says Jessica Richardson.

"I think it would be bad for the Falcons to come here after the way they treated us over there," says Richard Horner.

In the last match-up between the Saints and the Falcons, our team bus was egged at the airport, but Who Dats say 49er fans haven't always been the most welcoming either.  In a playoff game the Saints lost to the 49ers one year ago, fans who traveled to San Francisco say things got downright nasty.

For the second straight year, the Baltimore Ravens and the New England Patriots have advanced to the AFC Championship game.  Who Dats have their own opinions about that, too.

"My thought is, I'd like to see the Ravens come down here because I'm originally from Baltimore," says Richard Horner.

"I'm not a fan of Tom Brady. He's a little too cocky for me," says Jessica Richardson.

The Patriots have been in the Super Bowl seven times and Tom Brady has three Super Bowl rings, one of them from the 2002 Super Bowl in New Orleans.

Mark Romig with the New Orleans Tourism and Marketing Corporation says all four possibilities will mean a win for the city.

"Those fans know their favorite restaurants. They know what they want to do, so either San Francisco or Atlanta fans know New Orleans.  On the AFC side between New England and Baltimore, fans will be flying in. I think we have a great choice ahead of us, no matter what team plays in the Super Bowl," says Romig.

The Super Bowl will bring a $430 million economic impact to the region.

Fans say, in the end, they'll put their feelings aside and give whichever teams come a true New Orleans welcome.

Right now, the city is pretty much sold out with reservations spreading from the Mississippi Gulf Coast to the Lafayette.

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