Scene quiet before frenzy of big game, planned protests

In this Dec. 31, 2017, file photo, the Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers huddle during the first half of an NFL football game, in Atlanta. Atlanta’s new $1.5 billion stadium is about to be on perhaps its largest national stage for the Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, College Football Playoff title game, fans say the glitzy facility is living up to the hype despite a series of construction setbacks that delayed its opening. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

ATLANTA — The scene was relatively quiet Monday morning around the stadium in downtown Atlanta where the College Football Playoff title game was set to be held. A light drizzle fell on some fans milling about, but there were no anti-Trump demonstrators in sight.