Falcons RB Devonta Freeman vs. Patriots LBs: Freeman, who failed to pick up a blitz on a key play in the Super Bowl, has been chipping and blocking well this season. He'll be ready to atone for his Super Bowl mistake against the Patriots, who like to send their linebackers, especially Dont'a Hightower, off the edge.
Falcons SS Keanu Neal vs. Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski: Neal was beaten badly by Charles Clay of the Bills on Oct. 1. He won't have Gronkowski all of the time, but when he does he must be a force. Gronkowski has caught 26 passes for 401 yards and four touchdowns. Neal has a big challenge going against Gronkowski, who didn't face the Falcons in the Super Bowl. Neal ranks second on the team in tackles with 32 and has one pass breakup.