6 reasons the Falcons should be glad they're playing the Patriots. Really

Having just blown a 17-point lead to Jay Freakin’ Cutler , the Atlanta Falcons are bound for New England, where insufferable New Englanders are still chortling over another lost lead. No team had ever thought to etch a partial score showing a 25-point deficit in its championship rings – until this one.

The Patriots are 4-2, leading the AFC East. The Falcons are 0-2 against the AFC East and hold down third place in the NFC South. This wouldn’t appear the greatest time – heck, it would seem the absolute worst time – to head for Foxborough, but you know what? Appearances can and do deceive. Here we offer six reasons why the Falcons shouldn’t fear to enter the court of the grumpy king.

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Mark Bradley
Mark Bradley
Mark Bradley is a sports columnist and blogger for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He has been with the AJC since 1984.