The Patriots shut out the Falcons Thursday night, as New England extended their winning streak to five and move to 7-4 on the year with their 19-0 win over Atlanta.
New England got on the board first, as a 32-yard field goal off the boot of Nick Folk with five minutes left in the first quarter made it 3-0. After another Atlanta punt, the Pats got it right back and Mac Jones found Nelson Agholor on a crossing route before Agholor trotted into the end-zone for a touchdown.
A 50-yarder was missed from Younghoe Koo, and to end the first half, New England padded their lead with a 44-yarder off the laces of Folk.
Jones ended the half at a near-perfect 14-for-15 mark passing-wise.
However, Jones would be picked off by A.J. Terell with roughly five minutes left in the third, as he got a little too confident when trying to hook up with Jonnu Smith on a deep ball. That would be mooted, though, as New England would stop the Falcons on both third-and-1 and fourth-and-1 in New England territory to force a turnover on downs.
Atlanta QB Matt Ryan, following a New England punt, would air out a pass to no man’s land and it would only find the hands of Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty for his 30th career interception.
The Pats would settle for another field goal, and Folk yet again drilled the 53-yarder to make it 16-0 before J.C. “Mr. I-N-T” Jackson sprawled up into the air to pick off Ryan — his second pick thrown of the night. Jackson thought he had a pick-six as he took it back with no one even coming close to him, but the refs ruled him out of bounds — as he was.
Folk put another field goal through the uprights with just under two minutes left in the affair, making it 19-0.
Entered Josh Rosen, a former 10th overall pick that did not live up to the hype, and he showed exactly why he didn’t as Kyle Van Noy took Rosen’s second pass of the night back for six. Folk missed the kick, and entered rookie quarterback Felipe Franks. On the first pass of his NFL career, he hurled it right into the hands of the diving Adrian Phillips. Jones would ice the clock and the Pats would cruise to their fifth straight win.
Stats and notes
- Jones finished 22-for-26, hurling for 207 yards
- Kendrick Bourne had four catches for 42 yards
- Rhamondre Stevenson had another big day on the ground, as his 12 carries got him 69 yards on the ground
- Damien Harris had a steady 10 carries for 56 yards
- Agholor, on top of his touchdown, had four other catches for 26 yards
- Kyle Dugger led the team in solo tackles with eight
- Van Noy had a pair of sacks
- Matt Judon and Davon Godchaux also contributed sacks
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