Falcons OC Shanahan: Pats have ‘best defense we’ve seen’

Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

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Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

The Falcons have the best offense in the NFL. All season they’ve rolled over even good defensive opponents with a versatile, efficient and explosive attack.

But offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said the Falcons will face their toughest test yet against the Patriots in the Super Bowl on Feb. 5.

“It’s the best defense we’ve seen in the NFL this year,” Shanahan said. “The numbers show it and, watch the film, and you see exactly why the numbers are the way they are. They are extremely tough to score against. That’s why they are No. 1 in the NFL (in scoring defense).

“I think only one game this year somebody scored 30 points (the Seahawks scored 31). They have very good players all the way around that are interchangeable, that can be pass rushers, that can be linebackers, that can be corners, that can be safeties. And they have an extremely good scheme. It’s by far the biggest challenge we’ve had this year.”