Looking Ahead: Falcons vs Patriots

The New England Patriots travel to Atlanta to take on the Falcons in the Georgia Dome this week after getting beaten badly at home in Gillette Stadium by the Chargers. Here's an early look at the matchups.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (2-2) AT ATLANTA FALCONS (3-1)
By Site Staff

Series

 PATRIOTSFALCONS
LEADER  6-4
STREAKS 4 of past 5
COACHES VS. OPP.Belichick: 1-1Mora: 0-0
LAST WEEKL 41-17 vs. ChargersW 30-10 vs. Vikings
LAST GAME 11/4/01: Patriots 24 at Falcons 10. New England QB Tom Brady passes for 3 TDs as Patriots come from behind for win.
LAST GAME AT SITE11/4/01 
BROADCASTCBS (1:00 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Bonnie Bernstein (Field reporter).

Statistics

 PATRIOTSFALCONS
PASSINGBrady: 97-115-1,172 (3L)-4-3-86.3Vick: 44-77-495-4-2-83.0
RUSHINGDillon: 73-223-3.1-5 (2C)Dunn: 70-394 (3C)-5.6-1
RECEIVINGGivens: 22-283-12.9-0Finneran: 14-135-9.6-1
OFFENSE349.3328.3
TAKE/GIVE-5+4
DEFENSE322.0299.5
SACKSMcGinest, Seymour: 2.0Coleman: 5.0 (T2L)
INTsVrabel: 1D. Hall: 3 (T2L)
PUNTINGMiller: 46.1 (2C)Koenen (R): 41.8
KICKINGVinatieri: 27 (9/10 PAT; 6/8 FG;)Peterson: 24 (9/9 PAT; 5/5 FG)
   
   

NOTES

PATRIOTS: Have won 10 of past 11 vs. NFC. Since 2003, are 21-1 vs. teams with winning record, including playoffs

In lone start vs. Atlanta (11/4/01), QB Tom Brady threw 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs on 21 of 31 (67.7 pct.) passing for 250 yards and 124.4 rating. In past 2, Brady has passed for 596 yards

RB Corey Dillon (9,919) needs 81 rush yds to become 18th player in NFL history to reach 10,000.

RB Kevin Faulk (217) has 2nd-most catches by RB in club history (Tony Collins, 261).

RB Patrick Pass led team w/ career-high 8 catches last wk for 55 yds

In past 2, WR David Givens has 15 receptions for 196 yards.

WR Troy Brown (490) needs 10 catches to become 2nd player in team history to reach 500 receptions (Stanley Morgan, 534)

LB Rosevelt Colvin (w/Chi.) reached careerhigh 2.5 sacks vs. Falcons on 10/7/01

Offense taking possession after kickoffs with 2nd-best average drive start in AFC (30.8), tied with Oakland (KC, 30.9)……

FALCONS: Have won 4 of past 5 in series, outscoring NE 131-66. Under head coach JIM MORA, Atlanta is 10-1 (.909) at home

QB MICHAEL VICK has won 17 of past 20 starts in domes. In Vick’s starts with 150+ passing yards & 50+ rush yards, Falcons are 12-2 (.857)

Rush offense (209.0) is tops in NFL & led league last year (167.0). Club is only team with 3 players with 100+ rush yards: RB Warrick Dunn (394), QB Michael Vick (233) & RB T.J. Duckett (148). Dunn has rushed for 209 yards & 3 TDs in past 2 at home vs. AFC with 15+ carries. Has 97+ rush yards in 6 of past 8. Duckett has 8 rush TDs in past 5 at home & has rush TD in 4 games in row

TE Alge Crumpler has catch in 34 games in row. WR Brian Fineran has 1st down on 108 of 151 career catches (71.5 pct.)

Defense posted 9 sacks last week, most since 1997. DT Rod Coleman has 33.0 sacks since 2002, most among DTs. Has 12.5 sacks in past 12. CB DeAngelo Hall has INT in 4 of past 5.


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