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Brady Improves as Patriots Beat Falcons 26-10

Tom Brady

Best known for accumulating video game-like statistics in 2007, the Patriots offense is having trouble converting in the red zone in 2009. How can they solve that problem? Score before you get to the red zone, of course! Brady hit a clutch 36-yard touchdown down the right sideline to Chris Baker on 3rd and 6, giving the Patriots a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter on their way to a 26-10 win.

Brady finished 25-42 for 277 yards and that touchdown pass to Baker, along with zero interceptions. He was much more comfortable in the pocket, and he can thank his offensive line (specifically Matt Light, who did a nice job blocking John Abraham), who didn’t allow a sack for the second consecutive game. The O-Line also opened up holes for the running game, which was led by Fred Taylor’s 105 yards on 21 carries and a touchdown run.

On the other side of the ball, Matt Ryan was decent in his return to New England, completing 17 of 28 passes for 199 yards. He didn’t throw for a touchdown, and didn’t get intercepted either as the Patriots defense did a nice job in coverage.

The Patriots held Michael Turner in check all game, even without the injured Vince Wilfork, who left the game early with an ankle injury. Turner finished 56 yards and the lone Atlanta touchdown on 15 carries.

In the drives that stalled deep in Atlanta territory, Stephen Gostkowski helped the Pats clean up with four field goals from 21, 33, 22, and 33 yards respectively.

Stay tuned for SoB-Jeff’s extra analysis in “What We Learned” about the game, and check back for additional game analysis throughout the week.

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7 comments for “Brady Improves as Patriots Beat Falcons 26-10”

  1. Tom Brady threw for 277 yards and Fred Taylor ran for 105 in a 26-10 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Now that’s how you do it boys!

    Posted by Becky Cardow | September 27, 2009, 5:53 pm
  2. [...] September 28, 2009 at 7:57pm ⋅ Post a comment It was damp. It was dreary. But, when the Pats took down the Falcons 26-10 at Gillette Stadium Sunday, the rain drops Mother Nature was throwing at us didn’t seem to matter [...]

    Posted by PATS on the Back: Patriots vs. Falcons, Week 3 | Sports of Boston | September 28, 2009, 7:57 pm
  3. [...] Wilhite was listed as inactive with an unknown injury. Fortunately, the Patriots were able to win 26-10 without their young corner, but the game and its result take a back seat to the reason Wilhite [...]

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  4. [...] Pryor Takes Full Advantage of Wilfork Injury By Matt Marcantonio in Featured, Patriots ⋅ September 29, 2009 at 6:30am ⋅ Post a comment Vince Wilfork left a large void to fill in the middle of the Patriots defense, when he went down in the first half of the team’s 26-10 victory over the Atlanta Falcons Sunday. [...]

    Posted by Pryor Takes Full Advantage of Wilfork Injury | Sports of Boston | September 29, 2009, 12:43 pm
  5. [...] 5:56pm ⋅ Post a comment The Patriots silenced the critics with a very solid performance against the Falcons on Sunday. It was a good overall performance that left a lot of fans feeling good about their team again. [...]

    Posted by Galloway Looks to Find His Way in Pats Offense | Sports of Boston | September 30, 2009, 5:56 pm
  6. [...] New England Patriots avoided losing back-to-back games for the first time since 2006 courtesy of a 26-10 victory over the Atlanta Falcons Sunday. Although the red-zone offense struggled, the Patriots did some [...]

    Posted by 2009 Patriots Offensive Report Card: Week 3 | Sports of Boston | October 1, 2009, 8:31 am
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    Posted by Patriots Gets Ready For Perfect Broncos | Sports of Boston | October 11, 2009, 10:17 am

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