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2. Edelman catch. On first-and-10 from New England's 36, Robert Alford tipped a pass intended for Julian Edelman and he fought through traffic to make a spectacular grab. The Falcons challenged the play, but the play was upheld and gave the Patriots a 23-yard gain and continued life. The Falcons loss their third time out on the challenge.
3. Defense wore down. The Falcons' defense came out strong, but ran out of gas while playing 95 plays, including the two two-point conversions.
4. Falcons didn't try to run up the middle. The Falcons ran the ball successfully outside early, but once the Patriots adjusted, the Falcons didn't try to run the ball up the middle. The lack of a running game with a lead was vital.
5. Pass protection was porous. Ryan was under siege. He was sacked five times and hit 12 times. The offensive line, playing with a limited Alex Mack, did not play at a championship level. Matthews was sub-par and Ryan Schraeder left the game with an injury.
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