Patriots at Falcons score: New England beats up Matt Ryan, blanks Atlanta for fifth consecutive win

The New England Patriots have now won five consecutive games after taking down the Falcons in Atlanta 25-0. Mac Jones and the Patriots offense built up their lead pretty early in this matchup, scoring 13 points over their first three possession to begin the game. New England’s lone offensive touchdown of the night came courtesy of a 19-yard pass to Nelson Agholor from Jones. And as the Patriots’ offense built up a solid enough cushion, Bill Belichick’s defense thrashed the Falcons from the jump. 

Matt Ryan had little time to throw the football whenever he dropped back to pass and was sacked three times in the first half (four total sacks for the game). Even when Atlanta was in a position to put points on the board, poor execution plagued them. The biggest example of that came on the Falcons third drive of the day. They were able to bring the football as far as the New England 14-yard line, however, a 13-yard sack and a subsequent illegal formation penalty on a field goal attempt led to a missed 50-yard field goal by Younghoe Koo. The second half wasn’t much better for the Falcons as Ryan was picked off on back-to-back drives in the fourth quarter that effectively eliminated any chance of a late rally (or backdoor cover). 

Jones finished his day completing 22 of 26 for 207 yards, a touchdown and an interception. The backfield totaled 138 yards rushing with Rhamondre Stevenson (69 yards) and Damien Harris (56) leading the way. Meanwhile, Ryan completed 19 of 28 for 153 yards and two interceptions. 

From here, the Patriots will head back to Foxborough and prepare to play host to the Tennessee Titans in Week 12. Meanwhile, the Falcons will be heading on the road to face the Jaguars in Jacksonville. 

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