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New England Patriots links 10/23/17 - Patriots 23-Falcons 7: Flog in the fog

Daily news and links for a Victory Monday

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  • Mike Reiss recaps what was easily the Patriots’ best defensive game of the season, shutting down the Falcons in a lopsided Super Bowl LI rematch.
  • Jeff Howe recaps a night in which it seems the Patriots had a point to prove as they unleashed a dominant performance against the Falcons.
  • Ron Borges says the Falcons are still battling one crippling hangover.
  • Michael Hurley declares the Patriots have broken the Falcons.
  • Karen Guregian lauds the Patriots defense for stepping up and shutting down the Falcons [formerly] prolific offense.
  • Phil Perry gives props to the defense for stepping up in gotta-have-it situations vs. the Falcons.
  • Doug Kyed looks at how the defense seemingly turned around its season last night.
  • Phil Perry notes the strong night overall for special teams, capped off by Cassius Marsh's blocked field goal.
  • Tom E. Curran reminds us, amid another killer performance, New England has a history of correcting their problems. They also have a history of tearing the hearts out of vanquished foes.
  • Dan Ventura notes the four-headed backfield finally comes to life, and works just the way the Patriots had hoped.
  • Ryan Hannable posts 10 quick observations from the blowout win: 1. The defense deserves a ton of credit.
  • Doug Kyed gives us his Pats-Falcons takeaways: Should Johnson Bademosi maintain his defensive role?
  • Michael Hurley notes Julio Jones thinks the Patriots contributed to the foggy conditions to make it hard for the Falcons to come from behind.
  • Karen Guregian says that with the Falcons in town, it really hits home how much the Patriots have missed Edelman the first six weeks of the season.
  • Doug Kyed Patriots Injury Update: Two starting defenders - Malcom Brown (ankle) and Dont'a Hightower (shoulder) left the game with injuries.
  • Michael Hurley picks his Four Ups and Four Downs following last night's win.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Winners and losers from Patriots' win over Falcons in epic fog game.
  • The Herald Staff picks the Best & Worst of Falcons-Patriots.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Cancer fight continues for Nate Solder’s family.
  • Zack Cox Patriots Notes: Dense fog adds surreal backdrop to Super Bowl rematch.
  • Nicole Yang Morning sports update: Devin McCourty says the Patriots defense had ’11 guys on the same page’.
  • Mike Reiss shares some quick-hit weekend thoughts: Patriots players and coaches rally around Joe Cardona's idea for Sunday's gesture for military members.



  • Jeff Schultz ( Falcons get drilled, problems far worse than Super Bowl hangover.
  • Vaughn McClure (ESPN) Falcons' season in danger of imploding after loss to Patriots.
  • D. Orlando Ledbetter ( Run defense gets plowed over.
  • Report (AP) Super Bowl malaise not plaguing Falcons? Want to bet?
  • Matt Urban (FalconsWire) Was Matt Ryan's 2016 MVP season a blip or a trend?
  • D. Orlando Ledbetter ( My take: Here’s how to fix the Falcon’s offense.
  • Will McFadden (AtlantaFalcons) Despite moving the ball, the Falcons offense couldn't put up points against the Patriots.
  • Will McFadden (AtlantaFalcons) Falcons at Patriots: Final score; Julio Jones scores lone Atlanta touchdown, hits milestone.
  • D. Orlando Ledbetter ( Report card: Patriots 23, Falcons 7.
  • Maghen Moore ( Fans react: Fog covering Gillette Stadium during Falcons-Patriots game.