It ended up being a close game Sunday night, but the Patriots pulled of the win; what analysts say was the best win of the season so far for New England.
Brady has struggled for the past few weeks as he has been trying to get familiar with his new offense with Gronkowski, Welker and Hernandez no longer his go to’s anymore.
Well this week against the Falcons Brady seemed to be more in synch than ever. Brady threw for 316 yards and two touchdown passes.
Although it may have been a closer game than Brady and New England fans wanted, they came out with a win.
“We slugged it out,” Brady said. “We came to Atlanta, which is a tough place to play and they’ve got a very good team. It’s nice to win and be 4-0.”
Last time the Patriots started 4-0 was in the 2007 season; the season where they almost went unbeaten but were defeated by the New York Giants in the Super Bowl. But Brady and his crew seem to be on a roll right now and a close game is just going to make them play harder.
The Pats entered the fourth quarter with a 13-10 lead. But after a fumble, an interception and forced punts, the Falcons where able to make somewhat of a comeback, but fell short 30-23.
“We’ve got to do a better job of finishing out the game,” New England coach Bill Belichick said, “but we did a good job of putting ourselves in that position with a 17-point lead with 6 minutes to go in the game.”
The big name in the game besides Brady of course was rookie, Kenbrell Thompkins. Thompkins has six catches in the game for 127 yards.
His big catches came in the fourth quarter. Thompkins has a huge 18-yard touchdown catch and a 26-yard reception on third and nineteen allowing the Patriots get a first down.
“He’s an impressive young player,” said Brady, who was visibly upset with mistakes the undrafted free agent wide receiver made in a sloppy victory over the New York Jets in Week 2. “It’s really rare to see a young player step in with that kind of confidence to make plays and make things happen out there.”
Although New England came out with a win, the Falcons nearly forced the game into overtime. Atlanta was in the red zone with seconds left in the game but were unable to score to tie the game up at 30.
Aqib Talib came up big defensively knocking away a pass intended for Roddy White in the end zone on fourth down.
“Against those guys, as big and physical as they are, you’ve got to use your hands,” said Talib, referring to Jones and White. “You push and they pull, and they push and you pull. You have to be as physical with them as they are with you, and part of that is legally getting your hands on them.”
The Patriots look to continue this winning streak in Cincinnati next Sunday at the Bengals.