Patriots dominate Falcons in Super Bowl rematch

23 October, 2017, 07:52 | Author: Benny Bass
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New England Patriots fans might not believe it, especially given how hard it was to see through the thick fog Sunday night, but the team's defense dominated the Atlanta Falcons.

The Super Bowl rematch was one of the most anticipated matchups of the entire season when the schedules were released, but it has lost some of its shine after relatively disappointing starts to this season for both teams. Career special-teams standout Johnson Bademosi stepped in, and to the surprise of many, the Patriots stomped all over Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and the Falcons, 23-7, in a lopsided Super Bowl LI rematch. He didn't come alive until late in the game with the Falcons in comeback mode.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Patriots seized control. It was his first touchdown of the season. But the Pats stopped them on third and fourth down to take over on downs. The Falcons marched 70 yards in eight plays, and had third down and goal inside the Patriots' one-yard line.

Brady was his usual efficient self, hitting 21-of-29 passes for 249 yards and those two scores.

The Falcons squeaked by in their first three wins, including a controversial ending in their win over Detroit, and have looked nothing short of bad since. Yes, despite an inexplicable home loss to the Dolphins, which followed an almost-as-inexplicable home loss to the Bills two weeks before, the Falcons are still 3-2 and just a half-game behind the division-leading Saints. New offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian is already under fire for the offense's lacklustre performance.



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