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ON FOOTBALL | Midweek Report

Patriots did things their way against Falcons

Gonzalez aside, Patriots dictated

Bill Belichick dictated most of the terms of Sunday night’s 30-23 win over the Falcons — emphasis on “most.”

On offense, the Patriots were going to outmuscle the Falcons’ undersized and undermanned front seven and run the ball straight at them. They ran the ball 10 straight times on one first-half drive, finished with a perfect 31/31 run/pass split and compiled 132 rushing yards and a 4.3-yard average. Their success in the run game opened up the field for the play-action pass in the second half, as well as Kenbrell Thompkins’s fantastic touchdown catch on a fade pattern.

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