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- The Falcons did not do a very good job in this game utilizing their talented offensive personnel. They never found a rhythm on offense, and seemingly don’t have an identity.
- The Falcons had one FG blocked, one short attempt missed, and a 4th & goal from the Patriots’ 1 yard line stuffed for a four-yard loss. Three scoring opportunities yielded zero points.
- In the first half, the Falcons went for a first down on a 4th & 7 from the Patriots’ 49-yard line; which they converted. This confidence, however, led to a game changing 4th down attempt later in the half. Down 10-0, with two minutes left in the first half, the Falcons faced a 4th & 6 from the Patriots 48-yard line. Instead of pooching a punt, Falcons Head Coach Dan Quinn decided to go for it. The Falcons failed, the Patriots and QB Tom Brady took over 1st and 10 on their own 48, and proceeded to score a TD and create a three score lead. This was a game changing decision by Quinn that we feel was completely unnecessary.
- The Patriots defense continues to improve, and in this game, effectively mixed in backup personnel in the secondary. The defense made every key stop it had to make in this game. This game was their best game of the year – although the bar still is quite low given their performance over the first six games.
- The Patriots four-minute offense also is getting steadier each game and is able now run a bit more effectively inside rotating all of their backs.