For the second match running, the Falcons QB Matt Ryan finished the game on the sidelines after another shockingly inept performance that saw Atlanta crashed again replaced by Josh Rosen. Ryan had two interceptions by that time. This wasn’t enough for coach Arthur Smith who benched Rosen soon after he threw a pick six(pass which the interceptor went on to score a TD). How did the replacement Feileipe Franks reward Smith? By giving away another interception to underline a miserable night for the Falcons. New England who were 6-4 going into this one are better on the road than at home with a 4-0 record. So odds heavily favored them a lot.
Owing to the help rendered by the opposite QBs, Patriots’ Mac Jones didn’t have to do a hell of a lot attempting just 26 passes with a success rate of 85% and 207 yards. Falcons were good defensively for two quarters, that is the first and the third. Watch 3-0 New England 02:15. Watch the Safety FOR THE FALCONS on the top right corner, patient and not going in for the tackle on wide receiver for New England too soon. They may have shut out for this match but Atlanta have improved defense since the Cowboys handed them that flogging. Again watch 13-0 Patriots with 5:17 on the clock. Terrell number 24 intercepting an overconfident Mac Jones who was 90% successful and a return of about 35 yards, what Atlanta needed at that most most definitely.
Although the interceptions given away by the Atlanta QBs was bad play from them, New England had to have a great offensive line to take advantage of them. Nelson Agholor finding himself free to make it 10-0 second quarter 13:45 finding himself with so much room. He was the Patriots’ best receiver with 5. Kyle Van Hoy was pretty good getting the pick six at 19-0 fourth quarter with 1:25 off Rosen. Younghoe Koo like the Dallas game failed with his only attempted kick of the game for Atlanta whilst Nick Folk was 4/4 on field goals. How important was this? Those 12 points were as good as two TDs and given that only two TDs were scored the entire match , Nick deserves the Man Of The Match award. Falcons still prop up the NFC South(arguably the most competitive in NFL) with a 4-6 record. Patriots second in AFC East on 7-4 behind Buffalo with 6-3.