FASTEST DELIVERY ON EXPECTATIONS
Tommy Kelly said it on Friday: "You know they want to throw the ball, so to me, I'm playing the pass." So it's not like the Patriots didn't see it coming, but Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan came out slinging the football, starting with a third-down ball to Tony Gonzalez. The Patriots had him in double coverage, but Ryan made a great throw and his big tight end pulled it in. He completed his first seven passes. Though he finished the drive 7-of-9, Atlanta got three points out of the 75-yard, nearly six minute series.