Monday, September 30, 2013

Patriots turn tables on Falcons in red zone


The New England Patriots entered their Week 4 primetime contest with the Atlanta Falcons touting the NFL's worst red zone offense.

Sunday, they made the Falcons look the part.

The Falcons' offense made six trips inside the Patriots' 20-yard line, and Atlanta scored a touchdown on just one of them. Meanwhile, the Patriots scored touchdowns on two of three red zone trips.

“I’m really proud of the way our team played today,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said after the game, via ESPN Boston. “They made a good example of what it takes to win in the league, and that’s 60 minutes of good football."

The most important red zone play was the very last one, when cornerback Aqib Talib batted down a fourth down pass in the end zone from a few yards out with just seconds on the clock. New England build a 17-point lead in the fourth quarter, but the Falcons nearly took it all back in a short span.

"We've got to do a better job of finishing out the game," Belichick said, "but we did a good job of putting ourselves in that position with a 17-point lead with 6 minutes to go in the game.

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