PATRIOTS: Postgame Notes
By Site Staff
--QB Tom Brady had a great game in the Patriots' win over the Falcons, even by his rather high standards. Brady completed 22 of 27 passes for 350 yards with three touchdowns and one interception for a 140.4 passer rating. The numbers marked the second-best completion percentage, fourth-best yards and fourth-best passer rating in a game in his career. He also recorded his 18th career fourth-quarter comeback in leading New England to the last-minute win.
--TE Daniel Graham had one of the most productive games of his career in the win at Atlanta. Entering the game with just two receptions for 18 yards and one score through the first four weeks, Graham torched the Falcons for five receptions for 119 yards and one score. The touchdown came on a 45-yard catch-and-run down the sideline on a screen pass in which he ran over Atlanta S Bryan Scott en route to the end zone in the first quarter. He also hauled in another 45-yard reception early in the third quarter.
--RB Corey Dillon registered his first 100-yard game of the season with 106 yards on 23 carries against the Falcons for a 4.6-yard average. Dillon also went over the 10,000-yard plateau for his career in the win in at the Georgia Dome.
--S James Sanders made his pro debut for the Patriots after missing the first four weeks with an ankle injury. The rookie fourth-round pick played on special teams but saw little action in the team's defensive packages and finished with just one tackle.
--DE Jarvis Green started in place of All-Pro Richard Seymour, who was inactive with a left knee injury, at right end in the Patriots' 3-4 front. Green finished with five tackles and shared a sack with linebacker Mike Vrabel.
--LB Eric Alexander was signed to the New England roster from the team's practice squad just prior to kickoff in Atlanta. Alexander played on special teams but did not record any tackles.
--WR Deion Branch led the Patriots with eight receptions for 107 yards in the win at Atlanta. The performance came one week after the Super Bowl MVP was held to just one catch the previous week in a loss to the Chargers in Foxborough.
--WR Bethel Johnson had his second catch of the season against the Falcons, a 55-yard touchdown strike late in the third quarter to improve the Patriots lead. Johnson had one catch for 3 yards before his TD strike.
--WR Troy Brown has moved up to second place on the Patriots all time receptions list with his second quarter 2-yard reception. Brown now has 491 receptions in his career, behind only Stanley Morgan (534). Brown needs two more yards to tie Irving Fryar for second place in all time receiving yards at 5,726.
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