Pregame notes: Patriots vs. Falcons

Pregame notes: Patriots vs. Falcons
September 29, 2013, 5:30 pm
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GAME TIME: 8:30 p.m. EST


TV ANNOUNCERS: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michelle Tafoya

RADIO NETWORK: Anchored by WBZ-FM (98.5 The Sports Hub)

RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Bob Socci and Scott Zolak


LAST MEETING: Patriots 26, Falcons 10 on Sept., 27, 2009 at Gillette Stadium

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-- The Patriots are 18-16 on Sunday Night Football, including 6-7 since NBC began broadcasting the weekly game in 2006. The Pats have lost their last two Sunday night games (Dec. 16, 2012 against the 49ers, and Sept. 23, 2012 at Baltimore). 

-- The Patriots have yet to allow a point in the fourth quarter this season.

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-- With one touchdown pass against the Falcons, Tom Brady will extend his streak to 52 straight games with at least one touchdown pass and continue his second-longest streak of all time, behind Drew Brees (54).

-- With a victory Sunday, Brady will become the fifth NFL quarterback to lead his team to 140 or more regular-season wins. The others are Brett Favre (186), Peyton Manning (157), John Elway (148) and Dan Marino (147).

-- Brady, with 339 career touchdown passes needs three more to move into a tie for fourth place all-time with Fran Tarkenton..

-- Julian Edelman enters this week with a 13.0 punt-return average, the highest punt-return average in NFL history. He is one of seven players with a punt-return average of 12.0 or higher.

-- Edelman needs one more punt return for a touchdown to set the team mark with his fourth punt returned for a touchdown. He is tied with Irving Fryar and Troy Brown with three returns for a touchdown.

-- The Patriots have forced a turnover in 30 straight games dating back to 2011, and including all 16 regular-season games of 2012. The NFL record for most consecutive games with a turnover since the merger in 1970 is 71 by Philadelphia from 1985-90.