Recap: Patriots Smother Falcons 23-7


Julio Jones shakes off a Green Bay defender against the Packers on Sunday, September 17, 2017. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The Falcons dropped another big game.

The falcons traveled to New England Sunday to face Tom Brady and the Patriots. Everyone should remember the big 28-3 blown lead in the Super bowl vs the Patriots last season. This was the rematch everyone was looking toward.

The Falcons arrived in the New England to see 28-3 lead signs posted everywhere and even in the stadium.

After the Superbowl rematch the Falcons dropped another big game in a tough loss 23-7 to Belichick and the Patriots.

The falcons defense started off hot with a three and out to get the ball back to the offense. The Falcons offense had multiple chances in the Red zone but just couldn’t come away with points. Their first drive they attempted to go for it on 4th and seven, Matt Ryan ran for the first down. That drive led to a blocked field goal by the Patriots.

The Patriots held the falcons to 265 total offensive yards and just seven points. Julio Jones only had nine receptions for 99 yards and a touchdown. Sanu had six receptions for 65 yards. The falcons offense looked out of sync and just not on the same accord as last season.

Perhaps it is because Kyle Shanahan left to coach San Francisco or the chemistry between the offense just isn’t solid.

The defense held the Patriots to no points at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Patriots scored off a roughing the passer call on Adrian Clayborn which neglecting an interception by Robert Alford. Ever since that drive the Patriots did not stopping pounding the ball down field for two more touchdowns.

The defense could no longer hold tight on the run game of the Patriots and they rushed for 165 total yards. Rookie linebacker Duke Riley went out the game with a knee injury.

The falcons fall to 3-3 and drop their 3rd loss in a row and head to New York next week to face the Jets. The Falcons are not back home until November 12th against the Cowboys. They open up divisional play in two weeks at Carolina to face Cam Newton and the Panthers.

A lot of wonders are roaming around the fan base and city of Atlanta. The Saints now hold 1st place in the NFC South Division. The falcons look to go back to Atlanta and regroup to come out hot against the Jets next weekend in New York

Antonio Smith


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