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Patriots avoid shocking collapse, hang on to beat Falcons

  • during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (88) runs into the end zone for a touchdown against New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (37) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (88) runs into the end zone for a touchdown against New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (37) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • New England Patriots tight end Matthew Mulligan (88) celebrates his touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    New England Patriots tight end Matthew Mulligan (88) celebrates his touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • New England Patriots tight end Matthew Mulligan (88) catches a ball for a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    New England Patriots tight end Matthew Mulligan (88) catches a ball for a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • New England Patriots tight end Matthew Mulligan (88) celebrates his touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons with New England Patriots fullback James Develin (46) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    New England Patriots tight end Matthew Mulligan (88) celebrates his touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons with New England Patriots fullback James Develin (46) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • Atlanta Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers (32) runs the ball against the New England Patriots during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Atlanta Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers (32) runs the ball against the New England Patriots during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley (22) is hit by Atlanta Falcons cornerback Robert Alford (23) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley (22) is hit by Atlanta Falcons cornerback Robert Alford (23) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley (22) works to get to the end zone against Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker Joplo Bartu (59) and Atlanta Falcons free safety Thomas DeCoud (28) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley (22) works to get to the end zone against Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker Joplo Bartu (59) and Atlanta Falcons free safety Thomas DeCoud (28) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley (22) moves the ball against Atlanta Falcons middle linebacker Akeem Dent (52) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley (22) moves the ball against Atlanta Falcons middle linebacker Akeem Dent (52) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith speaks to official Greg Gautreaux during the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith speaks to official Greg Gautreaux during the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley (22) moves the ball past Atlanta Falcons middle linebacker Akeem Dent (52) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley (22) moves the ball past Atlanta Falcons middle linebacker Akeem Dent (52) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (88) makes the catch against New England Patriots outside linebacker Jerod Mayo (51) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (88) makes the catch against New England Patriots outside linebacker Jerod Mayo (51) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • Atlanta Falcons kicker Matt Bryant (3) walks on the field before the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Atlanta Falcons kicker Matt Bryant (3) walks on the field before the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) works out before the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) works out before the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) works out before the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) works out before the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • A New England Patriots crew member tests the audio in a helmet before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    A New England Patriots crew member tests the audio in a helmet before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • New England Patriots outside linebacker Jamie Collins (91) works out before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    New England Patriots outside linebacker Jamie Collins (91) works out before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • New England Patriots outside linebacker Dont'a Hightower (54) works out before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    New England Patriots outside linebacker Dont'a Hightower (54) works out before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones (95) works out before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones (95) works out before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • New England Patriots strong safety Tavon Wilson (27) works out before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    New England Patriots strong safety Tavon Wilson (27) works out before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • New England Patriots tight end Matthew Mulligan (88) works out before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    New England Patriots tight end Matthew Mulligan (88) works out before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • A New England Patriots crew member carries helmets before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    A New England Patriots crew member carries helmets before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • New England Patriots fans watch players work out before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    New England Patriots fans watch players work out before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) works out before the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) works out before the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (88) works out before the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (88) works out before the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • New England Patriots long snapper Danny Aiken (48) works out before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    New England Patriots long snapper Danny Aiken (48) works out before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) works out before the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) works out before the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and New England Patriots quarterback Ryan Mallett (15) take the field to warm up before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and New England Patriots quarterback Ryan Mallett (15) take the field to warm up before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) warms up before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) warms up before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) takes the field to warm up before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) takes the field to warm up before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) speaks with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) before  the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) speaks with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) before the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) takes the field to warm up before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) takes the field to warm up before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) speaks with Heinz Ward.before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) speaks with Heinz Ward.before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank walks on the field before the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank walks on the field before the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) works out before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) works out before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) works out before the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) works out before the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White (84) walks on the sidelines before the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White (84) walks on the sidelines before the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29) speaks with actor Jim Carrey before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29) speaks with actor Jim Carrey before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, left, and Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank speak at midfield before the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, left, and Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank speak at midfield before the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • Actor Jim Carrey speaks to people on the sidelines before the first half of an NFL football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Actor Jim Carrey speaks to people on the sidelines before the first half of an NFL football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft walks on the field before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft walks on the field before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) speaks with official Walt Coleman before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) speaks with official Walt Coleman before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick walks of the field before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick walks of the field before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, right, and Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank speak at midfield before the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, right, and Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank speak at midfield before the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork (75) walks off the field before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork (75) walks off the field before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) walks off the field before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) walks off the field before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • New England Patriots middle linebacker Brandon Spikes (55) walks off the field before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    New England Patriots middle linebacker Brandon Spikes (55) walks off the field before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft speaks with quarterback Tom Brady (12) before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft speaks with quarterback Tom Brady (12) before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) takes the field with team mates before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) takes the field with team mates before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • Atlanta Falcons defensive end Osi Umenyiora (50) takes the field before the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Atlanta Falcons defensive end Osi Umenyiora (50) takes the field before the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux (95)  takes the field before the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux (95) takes the field before the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • A solider holds an American flag before the first half of an NFL football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    A solider holds an American flag before the first half of an NFL football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • Atlanta Falcons strong safety William Moore (25)  takes the field before the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Atlanta Falcons strong safety William Moore (25) takes the field before the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) calls a play against the New England Patriots during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) calls a play against the New England Patriots during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) passes the ball against the New England Patriots during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) passes the ball against the New England Patriots during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) prepares to pass the ball against the New England Patriots during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) prepares to pass the ball against the New England Patriots during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas (83) moves the ball as New England Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington (25) defends during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas (83) moves the ball as New England Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington (25) defends during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (88) catches a ball under pressure from New England Patriots outside linebacker Dont'a Hightower (54) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (88) catches a ball under pressure from New England Patriots outside linebacker Dont'a Hightower (54) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas (83) moves the ball as New England Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington (25) defends during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas (83) moves the ball as New England Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington (25) defends during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) looks to pass against the New England Patriots during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) looks to pass against the New England Patriots during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick looks at his notes during the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick looks at his notes during the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork (75) is helped off the field due to injury against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork (75) is helped off the field due to injury against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • New England Patriots tight end Matthew Mulligan (88) celebrates his touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    New England Patriots tight end Matthew Mulligan (88) celebrates his touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) speaks in the huddle during the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) speaks in the huddle during the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) works against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) works against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) walks down the field during the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) walks down the field during the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick watches play against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick watches play against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) works against the New England Patriots during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) works against the New England Patriots during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) works against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) works against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) works against the New England Patriots during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) works against the New England Patriots during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) works against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) works against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders perform during the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders perform during the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • New England Patriots running back Brandon Bolden (38) is helped after an injury against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    New England Patriots running back Brandon Bolden (38) is helped after an injury against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders perform during the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders perform during the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith watches play against the New England Patriots during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith watches play against the New England Patriots during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas (83) works against New England Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington (25) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas (83) works against New England Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington (25) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) walks off the field during the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) walks off the field during the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) works against the New England Patriots during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) works against the New England Patriots during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) works against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) works against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) calls a play against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) calls a play against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) signals a first down against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) signals a first down against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • New England Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson (17) pauses after being injured after running into the leg of Atlanta Falcons free safety Thomas DeCoud (28) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    New England Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson (17) pauses after being injured after running into the leg of Atlanta Falcons free safety Thomas DeCoud (28) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski (3) kicks a field goal against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski (3) kicks a field goal against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders perform during the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders perform during the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • Atlanta Falcons middle linebacker Akeem Dent (52) is attended to after an injury against the New England Patriotsduring the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Atlanta Falcons middle linebacker Akeem Dent (52) is attended to after an injury against the New England Patriotsduring the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • Mike Gallegos, holding a Patriots quarterback Tom Brady photo and Alyssa Gautrau, of Fort Benning Ga., watch players work out before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Mike Gallegos, holding a Patriots quarterback Tom Brady photo and Alyssa Gautrau, of Fort Benning Ga., watch players work out before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • Atlanta Falcons strong safety William Moore (25) flies over New England Patriots wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins (85) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Atlanta Falcons strong safety William Moore (25) flies over New England Patriots wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins (85) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29) runs towards the end zone as Atlanta Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant, top and Atlanta Falcons strong safety William Moore (25) give chase during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29) runs towards the end zone as Atlanta Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant, top and Atlanta Falcons strong safety William Moore (25) give chase during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29) runs into the end zone as Atlanta Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant, (21) makes the tackle during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29) runs into the end zone as Atlanta Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant, (21) makes the tackle during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) thors the ball against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) thors the ball against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • New England Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson (17) lies on the field after an injury against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    New England Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson (17) lies on the field after an injury against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank walks down the sidelines during the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank walks down the sidelines during the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • New England Patriots tight end Michael Hoomanawanui (47) and New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) vie for a loose ball with Atlanta Falcons linebacker Omar Gaither (53) and Atlanta Falcons punter Matt Bosher (5) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    New England Patriots tight end Michael Hoomanawanui (47) and New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) vie for a loose ball with Atlanta Falcons linebacker Omar Gaither (53) and Atlanta Falcons punter Matt Bosher (5) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • Atlanta Falcons fullback Jason Snelling (44) sits on the bench during the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Atlanta Falcons fullback Jason Snelling (44) sits on the bench during the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (88) runs into the end zone for a touchdown against New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (37) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • New England Patriots tight end Matthew Mulligan (88) celebrates his touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • New England Patriots tight end Matthew Mulligan (88) catches a ball for a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • New England Patriots tight end Matthew Mulligan (88) celebrates his touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons with New England Patriots fullback James Develin (46) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • Atlanta Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers (32) runs the ball against the New England Patriots during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley (22) is hit by Atlanta Falcons cornerback Robert Alford (23) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley (22) works to get to the end zone against Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker Joplo Bartu (59) and Atlanta Falcons free safety Thomas DeCoud (28) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley (22) moves the ball against Atlanta Falcons middle linebacker Akeem Dent (52) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith speaks to official Greg Gautreaux during the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley (22) moves the ball past Atlanta Falcons middle linebacker Akeem Dent (52) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (88) makes the catch against New England Patriots outside linebacker Jerod Mayo (51) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • Atlanta Falcons kicker Matt Bryant (3) walks on the field before the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) works out before the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) works out before the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • A New England Patriots crew member tests the audio in a helmet before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • New England Patriots outside linebacker Jamie Collins (91) works out before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • New England Patriots outside linebacker Dont'a Hightower (54) works out before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones (95) works out before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • New England Patriots strong safety Tavon Wilson (27) works out before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • New England Patriots tight end Matthew Mulligan (88) works out before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • A New England Patriots crew member carries helmets before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • New England Patriots fans watch players work out before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) works out before the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (88) works out before the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • New England Patriots long snapper Danny Aiken (48) works out before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) works out before the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and New England Patriots quarterback Ryan Mallett (15) take the field to warm up before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) warms up before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) takes the field to warm up before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) speaks with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) before  the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) takes the field to warm up before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) speaks with Heinz Ward.before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank walks on the field before the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) works out before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) works out before the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White (84) walks on the sidelines before the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29) speaks with actor Jim Carrey before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, left, and Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank speak at midfield before the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • Actor Jim Carrey speaks to people on the sidelines before the first half of an NFL football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft walks on the field before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) speaks with official Walt Coleman before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick walks of the field before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, right, and Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank speak at midfield before the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork (75) walks off the field before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) walks off the field before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • New England Patriots middle linebacker Brandon Spikes (55) walks off the field before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft speaks with quarterback Tom Brady (12) before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) takes the field with team mates before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • Atlanta Falcons defensive end Osi Umenyiora (50) takes the field before the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux (95)  takes the field before the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • A solider holds an American flag before the first half of an NFL football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • Atlanta Falcons strong safety William Moore (25)  takes the field before the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) calls a play against the New England Patriots during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) passes the ball against the New England Patriots during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) prepares to pass the ball against the New England Patriots during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas (83) moves the ball as New England Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington (25) defends during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (88) catches a ball under pressure from New England Patriots outside linebacker Dont'a Hightower (54) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas (83) moves the ball as New England Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington (25) defends during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) looks to pass against the New England Patriots during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick looks at his notes during the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork (75) is helped off the field due to injury against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • New England Patriots tight end Matthew Mulligan (88) celebrates his touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) speaks in the huddle during the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) works against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) walks down the field during the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick watches play against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) works against the New England Patriots during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) works against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) works against the New England Patriots during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) works against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders perform during the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • New England Patriots running back Brandon Bolden (38) is helped after an injury against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders perform during the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith watches play against the New England Patriots during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas (83) works against New England Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington (25) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) walks off the field during the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) works against the New England Patriots during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) works against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) calls a play against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) signals a first down against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • New England Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson (17) pauses after being injured after running into the leg of Atlanta Falcons free safety Thomas DeCoud (28) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski (3) kicks a field goal against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders perform during the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • Atlanta Falcons middle linebacker Akeem Dent (52) is attended to after an injury against the New England Patriotsduring the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • Mike Gallegos, holding a Patriots quarterback Tom Brady photo and Alyssa Gautrau, of Fort Benning Ga., watch players work out before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • Atlanta Falcons strong safety William Moore (25) flies over New England Patriots wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins (85) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29) runs towards the end zone as Atlanta Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant, top and Atlanta Falcons strong safety William Moore (25) give chase during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29) runs into the end zone as Atlanta Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant, (21) makes the tackle during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) thors the ball against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • New England Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson (17) lies on the field after an injury against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank walks down the sidelines during the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • New England Patriots tight end Michael Hoomanawanui (47) and New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) vie for a loose ball with Atlanta Falcons linebacker Omar Gaither (53) and Atlanta Falcons punter Matt Bosher (5) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • Atlanta Falcons fullback Jason Snelling (44) sits on the bench during the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

ATLANTA – Tom Brady threw for 316 yards and two touchdowns as the New England Patriots held off a furious Atlanta comeback last night, beating the Falcons, 30-23, to improve to 4-0 for the first time since their near-perfect season in 2007.

New England built a 30-13 lead before the Falcons rallied.

They had a chance to tie it up in the final minute, but Matt Ryan’s fourth-down pass went off the hands of Roddy White in the end zone with 36 seconds remaining.

The Patriots seemed in control when LeGarrette Blount scored on a 47-yard run, and Brady threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to rookie Kenbrell Thompkins.

Thompkins finished with six catches for 127 yards – nearly as much as the first three games of his career. Julian Edelman chipped in with 118 yards on seven receptions.

Atlanta (1-3) is two games below .500 for the first time since 2007.

It appeared late in the game that New England was turning the game into a rout, starting when Blount broke off his run to give the New England Patriots a 20-10 lead over the Atlanta Falcons in the first minute of the fourth quarter.

Blount ran through the middle of the line of scrimmage and outraced safety William Moore and cornerback Desmond Trufant down the left sideline for the score.

The Falcons rallied, however, when Ryan hit Tony Gonzalez for an 11-yard touchdown pass, then recovered the ensuing onside kick. Atlanta got a field goal to trim the score to 30-23, then got the ball back when Brady fumbled the snap on a 4th-and-inches attempt. The Falcons moved the ball down to the Patriots 10-yard line before Ryan’s incomplete pass forced a turnover on downs.

The Patriots had gone ahead 13-10 with 5:29 left in the third on Stephen Gostkowski’s 22-yard field goal.

Brady was 9 of 14 passing for 83 yards in the third, but he lost another receiving target on the snap that preceded Gostkowski’s score.

Receiver Aaron Dobson was injured in the end zone while attempting to catch a touchdown pass.

Falcons cornerback Robert Alford appeared to hold Dobson on the route, and Brady threw the ball into the artificial turf in front of both players.

Atlanta safety Thomas DeCoud knocked his knee against the front of Dobson’s helmet as Dobson fell to the turf. Dobson was on his back for a couple of minutes before New England’s medical staff attended to him.

Dobson walked off the field under his own power, but was questionable to return.

Gonzalez caught a 21-yard touchdown pass from Ryan to help the Falcons tie it at 10-all tie late in the second quarter.

Brady’s 1-yard touchdown pass to Matthew Mulligan and Gostkowski’s 48-yard field goal gave New England a 10-3 lead earlier in the second quarter.

Gonzalez was open on the right sideline after linebacker Dont’a Hightower bumped him in coverage and let the 13-time Pro Bowl tight end catch the pass easily and beat safety Steve Gregory to the right goal line marker.

Matt Bryant kicked a 23-yard field goal to give the Falcons a 3-0 lead on the opening drive.

The 13-play, 75-yard drive stalled at the 6 when Ryan overthrew Gonzalez and Julio Jones in the end zone.

New England’s first drive ended when Kenbrell Thompkins dropped a pass that would’ve been a first down, and the Patriots had to punt.

Stevan Ridley energized New England’s offense late in the first, catching a 24-yard pass and running three times for 26 yards to help set up Mulligan’s TD catch that gave the Patriots a 10-3 lead early in the second.

The Falcons went three-and-out on their second possession due in part to a holding penalty on left tackle Sam Baker that wiped out an 18-yard run by Jacquizz Rodgers.

Atlanta, which began the game with a 1-2 record, failed to convert a fourth-and-2 from the New England 7 midway through the second when Ryan threw behind Roddy White near the left sideline.

New England, off to its best start in six years, was trying to improve to 4-0 and tie Denver and Kansas City for the AFC’s best record.

The Patriots had yet to face a quarterback this season as successful as Ryan. Others were rookies EJ Manuel of Buffalo and Geno Smith of the New York Jets and Josh Freeman of winless Tampa Bay.

New England’s defense had allowed just three touchdowns this year, but the Patriots’ offense has only four touchdowns in 13 trips inside the opponents’ 20-yard line for an NFL-worst 69.2 percent through three games.

Atlanta entered the game with a 34-7 record under coach Mike Smith at the Georgia Dome, but his defense looked confused on a 49-yard pass from Brady to Thompkins that set up Gostkowski’s field goal.

Brady faked to Julian Edelman on a reverse and connected with Thompkins, who jumped to beat strong safety William Moore for the big gain.

Brady attempted just nine passes in the first half, completing five for 96 yards, but he has thrown a TD pass in 52 consecutive games, the NFL’s second-longest career — and active — streak behind Drew Brees’ 54 straight for New Orleans.

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