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Super Mismatch: Patriots continue mastery of Falcons 23-7

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) To Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, this was simply an extension of last February's Super Bowl.

For the Atlanta Falcons, it was another dose of football pain.

By the end of New England's clinical 23-7 romp through the fog Sunday night, it was clear that the Patriots have straightened out what ailed them earlier this season. And that the Falcons are a shadow of the team that built a 25-point third-quarter lead in that championship game, only to fall apart and lose the first overtime contest in Super Bowl history.

Brady led that historic comeback, and he guided an offense that dominated the clock when the score was relatively close. Plus, unlike in the last meeting, he had a strong defense complementing him. A unit that ranked dead last in the NFL through six weeks nearly pitched a shutout against the league's No. 5 offense.

''They had some big stops in the red area, the fourth-down plays were huge,'' Brady said about the defense. ''It was great complementary football and everyone did a great job contributing.''

Brady threw two touchdown passes as the Patriots toyed with the Falcons - sound familiar? - in the foggy Super Bowl rematch that wasn't particularly super.

New England scored the final 31 points to win the NFL championship in February. Placards and shirts reading 28-3 were ever-present in and around Gillette Stadium as the Patriots (5-2) scored the first 23 points in this prime-time mismatch. The Falcons (3-3) were outplayed throughout this one.

''There were plays out there, we didn't make them,'' center Alex Mack said. ''If it's third down, if it's red zone - all those little things add up. And to play a good team, like the Patriots are, you've gotta make them.''

While Atlanta looked tentative, if not intimidated, Brady and his offense surgically tore apart the Falcons, mixing runs and passes. And that defense ...

''This was a reminder that when we play the game the right way, we can do good things on defense,'' DB Duron Harmon said.

''Every game takes a little different turn and I think we did a great job staying balanced,'' Brady added after the Patriots gained 162 yards on the ground and 241 through the air. ''It was great to hand it off, see those guys rushing the way they did, and the linemen blocking. It was a great win.''

Brady threw a shovel pass to Brandin Cooks that traveled perhaps a foot, and the receiver used his speed to get into the left corner of the end zone. The other TD was a 2-yarder to James White, who had three touchdowns, including the winner, in the Super Bowl.

It got so bad for Atlanta that the usually reliable Matt Bryant had a field goal blocked and then put a 36-yarder off the left upright. That Super Bowl losers' malaise folks talk about might have found a home in the ATL this year.

Stephen Gostkowski had no trouble sending field goals of 29, 21 and 38 yards through the fog for New England.

''That fog was pretty crazy,'' Rob Gronkowski said. ''I mean I have never seen anything like that or played in any fog. A deep ball up in there was definitely tougher than with no fog.''

The Falcons seemed ready to end the string of points allowed to the Patriots at 51 when they got to the 1 early in the fourth period. But Matt Ryan, who struggled all night, was off-target to Julio Jones in the end zone. Then receiver Taylor Gabriel lost 4 yards on a fourth-down run.

Even the fans in the upper deck who could barely see through the haze at that point let out a huge cheer, then Gostkowski added his third field goal to extend New England's mastery of Atlanta to 54 straight points.

Jones' 1-yard touchdown reception with 4:09 to go ended the schneid, and he hurled the football high into the mist as if to say ''at last.''

STREAKING

The Falcons surrendered 20 straight points in last week's loss to Miami, and then 23 in a row to New England before Jones' TD.

BRADY'S MOM

Brady's mother, Galynn, who battled breast cancer last year, was on the field with her husband for pregame ceremonies as part of the NFL's ''Crucial Catch campaign.

''It was great for them to be here and be in attendance and for us to win,'' Brady said. ''That was very special for me. I'm happy for my mom, what she has been through has been pretty challenging for her and for my dad.

''Carving pumpkins today with my kids and beating the Falcons tonight made for a pretty perfect day for me.''

FLAGS FLY

In the first quarter alone, there were seven penalties, including six on the opening drive of the game by New England. The flags cost the team's 55 yards in the 0-0 opening period. To keep the sloppiness going, Patriots LT Nate Solder drew an illegal motion call on the first play of the second quarter, and Adrian Clayborn's roughing-the-passer penalty negated an interception and helped set up Cooks' TD.

Things got cleaner in the second half.

INJURIES

Falcons: Linebacker Duke Riley was sidelined by a knee injury in the first half.

Patriots: Linebacker Dont'a Hightower, sidelined earlier this season with a knee problem, left in the second half with a shoulder problem. DL Malcom Brown left with an ankle injury.

UP NEXT

Falcons - At New York Jets next Sunday.

Patriots - Host Los Angeles Chargers next Sunday.

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Key Players
M. Ryan 2 QB
233 PaYds, PaTD, 37 RuYds
18
FPTS
T. Brady 12 QB
249 PaYds, 2 PaTDs, 5 RuYds
21
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 4:09
M.Bryant extra point is GOOD, Center-J.Harris, Holder-M.Bosher.
plays
yds
pos
7
23
Touchdown 4:09
M.Ryan pass short right to Ju.Jones for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN.
11
plays
88
yds
5:06
pos
6
23
Field Goal 9:15
S.Gostkowski 38 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.Cardona, Holder-R.Allen.
10
plays
74
yds
5:17
pos
0
23
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 4:12
S.Gostkowski 21 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.Cardona, Holder-R.Allen.
13
plays
71
yds
6:23
pos
0
20
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:21
S.Gostkowski extra point is GOOD, Center-J.Cardona, Holder-R.Allen.
plays
yds
pos
0
17
Touchdown 0:21
T.Brady pass short middle to J.White for 2 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
7
plays
53
yds
1:34
pos
0
16
Field Goal 4:42
S.Gostkowski 29 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.Cardona, Holder-R.Allen.
14
plays
64
yds
6:37
pos
0
10
Point After TD 12:26
S.Gostkowski extra point is GOOD, Center-J.Cardona, Holder-R.Allen.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 12:26
T.Brady pass short middle to B.Cooks for 11 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
7
plays
74
yds
3:39
pos
0
6
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Team Stats
Time of Pos 25:55 34:05
1st Downs 21 25
Rushing 8 9
Passing 13 13
Penalty 0 3
3rd Down Conv 2-9 7-13
4th Down Conv 1-3 0-0
Total Net Yards 343 403
Total Plays 56 67
Avg Gain 6.1 6.0
Net Yards Rushing 120 162
Rush Attempts 22 36
Avg Rush Yards 5.5 4.5
Net Yards Passing 223 241
Comp. - Att. 23-33 21-29
Yards Per Pass 6.8 8.3
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-10 2-8
Penalties - Yards 6-40 8-65
Touchdowns 1 2
Rushing TDs 0 0
Passing TDs 1 2
Other 0 0
Turnovers 0 0
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 1-0
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 2-42.0 2-50.0
Return Yards 82 13
Punts - Returns 0-0 1--1
Kickoffs - Returns 5-82 1-14
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking 1/3 5/5
Extra Points 1/1 2/2
Field Goals 0/2 3/3
Red Zone Eff. 1-4 -25% 2-5 -40%
Goal to Go Eff. 1-2 -50% 1-2 -50%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Falcons 3-3 00077
Patriots 5-2 0173323
223 PASS YDS 241
120 RUSH YDS 162
343 TOTAL YDS 403
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
M. Ryan 2 QB
18
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
69.7% 233 1 0 99.7
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.5% 1590 7 6 89.3
M. Ryan 23/33 233 1 0 18
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
D. Freeman 24 RB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 72 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
91 425 5
D. Freeman 12 72 0 21 8
M. Ryan 2 QB
18
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 37 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
9 63 0
M. Ryan 3 37 0 16 18
T. Coleman 26 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 16 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
44 229 1
T. Coleman 6 16 0 6 1
T. Gabriel 18 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 2 0
T. Gabriel 1 -5 0 -5 2
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
J. Jones 11 WR
15
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
13 9 99 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 34 466 1
J. Jones 13 9 99 1 16 15
M. Sanu 12 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
10 6 65 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 22 228 1
M. Sanu 10 6 65 0 19 6
T. Gabriel 18 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 24 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 16 192 1
T. Gabriel 2 2 24 0 18 2
J. Hardy 14 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 21 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 8 86 1
J. Hardy 2 2 21 0 22 2
D. Freeman 24 RB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 3 18 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 14 99 0
D. Freeman 3 3 18 0 9 8
A. Hooper 81 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 6 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 18 248 1
A. Hooper 1 1 6 0 6 0
T. Coleman 26 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 14 157 1
T. Coleman 1 0 0 0 0 1
A. Roberts 19 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 12 0
A. Roberts 1 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
D. Campbell 59 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
25-9 0 2.0
D. Campbell 7-1 1.0 0 1
K. Ishmael 36 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-3 0 0.0
K. Ishmael 7-2 0.0 0 0
D. Jones 45 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-5 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
34-15 1 1.0
D. Jones 6-5 0.0 0 0
K. Neal 22 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
30-12 0 0.0
K. Neal 6-4 0.0 0 0
V. Beasley 44 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-3 0 3.0
V. Beasley 4-1 1.0 0 0
G. Jarrett 97 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-7 0 0.0
G. Jarrett 4-1 0.0 0 0
R. Allen 37 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-6 0 0.0
R. Allen 3-3 0.0 0 0
D. Trufant 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-2 1 0.0
D. Trufant 3-0 0.0 0 0
R. Alford 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
23-3 0 0.0
R. Alford 3-0 0.0 0 0
B. Poole 34 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
22-10 0 1.0
B. Poole 3-3 0.0 0 0
D. Poe 92 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-4 0 0.0
D. Poe 2-2 0.0 0 0
J. Hardy 14 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Hardy 1-0 0.0 0 0
B. Garland 63 G
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
B. Garland 1-0 0.0 0 0
B. Wreh-Wilson 33 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
B. Wreh-Wilson 1-0 0.0 0 0
B. Reed 50 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-8 0 3.0
B. Reed 1-1 0.0 0 0
D. Coleman 40 FB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
D. Coleman 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Riley 42 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-12 0 0.0
D. Riley 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Shelby 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-5 0 1.0
D. Shelby 1-1 0.0 0 0
J. Vellano 94 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
J. Vellano 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Bryant 3 K
1
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
0/2 1/1
SEASON FG XP
10/13 14/14
M. Bryant 0/2 0 1/1 1
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. Bosher 5 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 42.0 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
17 44.5 7
M. Bosher 2 42.0 0 49
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Roberts 19 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
5 16.4 25 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
15 19.8 61 0
A. Roberts 5 16.4 25 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
T. Brady 12 QB
21
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
72.4% 249 2 0 121.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.4% 2208 15 2 108.4
T. Brady 21/29 249 2 0 21
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
D. Lewis 33 RB
7
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 76 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
43 227 2
D. Lewis 13 76 0 25 7
R. Burkhead 34 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 31 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
11 49 0
R. Burkhead 6 31 0 9 4
M. Gillislee 35 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 31 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
87 321 4
M. Gillislee 8 31 0 14 3
J. White 28 RB
9
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 19 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
27 118 0
J. White 4 19 0 8 9
T. Brady 12 QB
21
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
14 26 0
T. Brady 5 5 0 6 21
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
C. Hogan 15 WR
7
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 4 71 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 28 378 5
C. Hogan 6 4 71 0 30 7
B. Cooks 14 WR
12
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 4 65 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 28 537 3
B. Cooks 5 4 65 1 27 12
R. Gronkowski 87 TE
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 3 51 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 29 452 4
R. Gronkowski 7 3 51 0 27 5
J. White 28 RB
9
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 5 28 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 38 280 1
J. White 5 5 28 1 16 9
D. Amendola 80 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 3 17 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 29 324 1
D. Amendola 4 3 17 0 7 1
R. Burkhead 34 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 11 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 5 60 1
R. Burkhead 1 1 11 0 11 4
D. Lewis 33 RB
7
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 6 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 8 48 0
D. Lewis 1 1 6 0 6 7
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
K. Van Noy 53 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
40-9 0 3.0
K. Van Noy 7-0 0.0 0 0
M. Butler 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
28-3 2 0.0
M. Butler 6-0 0.0 0 0
D. McCourty 32 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
46-7 1 0.0
D. McCourty 5-1 0.0 0 0
P. Chung 23 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
29-7 0 0.0
P. Chung 5-2 0.0 0 0
T. Flowers 98 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
23-10 0 3.0
T. Flowers 5-1 0.0 0 0
J. Bademosi 29 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-4 0 0.0
J. Bademosi 5-2 0.0 0 0
R. Burkhead 34 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
R. Burkhead 2-0 0.0 0 0
L. Guy 93 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-6 0 0.0
L. Guy 2-1 0.0 0 0
D. Harris 45 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
D. Harris 2-1 0.0 0 0
D. Wise 91 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-3 0 3.0
D. Wise 2-0 0.0 0 0
A. Butler 70 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-4 0 1.0
A. Butler 2-1 1.0 0 0
D. Hightower 54 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-2 0 2.0
D. Hightower 1-0 0.0 0 0
B. Bolden 38 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
B. Bolden 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Harmon 30 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-6 1 0.0
D. Harmon 1-3 0.0 0 0
M. Slater 18 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
M. Slater 1-0 0.0 0 0
B. King 36 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
B. King 1-0 0.0 0 0
N. Ebner 43 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
N. Ebner 0-1 0.0 0 0
M. Brown 90 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-7 0 1.0
M. Brown 0-1 0.0 0 0
J. Jones 31 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-1 0 0.0
J. Jones 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
S. Gostkowski 3 K
11
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
3/3 2/2
SEASON FG XP
16/17 19/20
S. Gostkowski 3/3 38 2/2 11
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
R. Allen 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 50.0 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
28 43.1 8
R. Allen 2 50.0 0 57
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Lewis 33 RB
7
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 14.0 14 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
9 18.9 26 0
D. Lewis 1 14.0 14 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Amendola 80 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 -1.0 -1 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
10 13.1 40 0
D. Amendola 1 -1.0 -1 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:54 ATL 20 1:19 3 8 Punt
7:15 ATL 29 6:10 12 52 Blocked FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:26 ATL 18 1:07 3 6 Punt
4:42 ATL 25 2:47 6 28 Downs
0:21 ATL 19 0:21 3 36 Half
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 ATL 28 4:25 10 55 FG Miss
4:12 ATL 24 4:40 10 70 Downs
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:15 ATL 12 5:06 11 88 TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 NE 21 4:06 8 22 Punt
9:35 NE 27 2:20 3 1 Punt
1:05 NE 26 3:39 7 74 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:19 NE 26 6:37 14 64 FG
1:55 NE 47 1:34 7 53 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:35 NE 26 6:23 13 71 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:32 NE 6 5:17 10 74 FG
4:09 ATL 49 4:09 8 29 Game