On Sunday, the New England Patriots played their most complete game of the season. The team defeated the visiting Atlanta Falcons 23-7 in a rematch of the two teams' meeting in Super Bowl LI by making big plays on offense, defense and special teams. Naturally, it is no surprise to see Bill Belichick highlight plays from all three phases in this week's installment of the “Belichick Breakdown” on patriots.com.
New England's head coach starts by taking a close look at Cassius Marsh's field goal block in the first quarter, which he called “a huge play in the game” for the team. Belichick highlights the numbers advantage the team had on the defensive right side of the formation as well as Dont'a Hightower helping create a whole between tackle and tight end for Marsh to exploit.
Belichick, who noted that there was “a lot of juice in the stands and on the field”, then proceeds to analyze a fourth down late in the second quarter. The Patriots recognized Falcons receiver Julio Jones as the key guy to double, leaving Jonathan Jones on an island with Mohamed Sanu. Belichick points out that Jones did a good job against the wide receiver which forced quarterback Matt Ryan into a tough throw.
Lastly, New England's head coach jumps to the fourth quarter to take a look at the offense bleeding the clock by successfully running the football late in the game – something they have not been able to do in prior weeks. Belichick focuses on guard Joe Thuney, whose blocking allowed the Patriots to gain ground, and Dion Lewis breaking tackles to gain extra yardage.
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