Bill Belichick says Falcons’ biggest threat could be ...

New England coach Bill Belichick may not have been immediately aware he was facing the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl Feb. 5 in Houston, but he respects the offense.

At his Thursday press conference he spoke highly of Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu, who in his first season in Atlanta caught 59 passes for 653 yards and 4 touchdowns.

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“He has a great catch radius. He catches everything. He is a tough blocker. He’s hard to tackle. He’s an explosive player,” the Patriots coach gushed.

Then Belichick acknowledged Sanu is a passing threat.

“We know he can do it,” he explained.

Sanu is 5-for-5 with three touchdowns as a passer -- none this season.

So the Patriots’ defense is preparing for trickery -- something the Patriots’ offense is more prone to do than the Falcons’.

“This is the kind of game where a team could be working on [a trick play] all year and you’re running out of games,” Belichick said.