5 Patriots facts that should worry Falcons fans

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has never lost to the Atlanta Falcons.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has never lost to the Atlanta Falcons.

Credit: Ron Schwane

Credit: Ron Schwane

In four career games against the Atlanta Falcons, New England quarterback Tom Brady is undefeated.

Brady, who already has four Super Bowl rings with the Patriots, will face the Falcons for the first time since Week 4 of the 2013 season at the 2017 Super Bowl Feb. 5 in Houston.

Yes, he hasn’t faced THIS Atlanta defense, but before you dismiss history just ponder these:

Yard man

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) looks for a receiver under pressure from Atlanta Falcons Henri Crockett (94) and Brady Smith (91) with help from teammate Joe Andruzzi (63) Sunday, Nov. 4, 2001, in Atlanta.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) looks for a receiver under pressure from Atlanta Falcons Henri Crockett (94) and Brady Smith (91) with help from teammate Joe Andruzzi (63) Sunday, Nov. 4, 2001, in Atlanta.

Credit: WILFORD HAREWOOD

Credit: WILFORD HAREWOOD

Tom Brady’s 9.11 career yards per attempt against Atlanta is his best average against ANY team.

Brady’s production against the Falcons

2001: 10-of-24 passing for 250 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs

2005: 28-of-31 passing for 350 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT

2009: 10-of-26 passing for 277 yards, 1 TD, 0 INTs

2013: 23-of-30 passing for 316 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs

Top offense vs. top defense

New England Patriots cornerback Logan Ryan (26) celebrates his interception with Patrick Chung during the second half of the NFL Divisional Playoff game against the Houston Texans.
New England Patriots cornerback Logan Ryan (26) celebrates his interception with Patrick Chung during the second half of the NFL Divisional Playoff game against the Houston Texans.

Credit: Elise Amendola

Credit: Elise Amendola

The Falcons were the highest-scoring team in the regular season. The Patriots’ defense allowed the fewest points in the league. In four of the last five Super Bowls to feature the top scoring offense against the top defense ... defense won. The last Super Bowl to have the top scoring offense and top defense was in 2014, when the Seattle Seahawks -- led by then-defensive coordinator Dan Quinn -- crushed the Broncos, 43-8.

Dan Quinn vs. Tom Brady

Tom Brady walks off as Tony McDaniel of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates stopping the New England Patriots on third down in Super Bowl XLIX in 2015. New England won the game.
Tom Brady walks off as Tony McDaniel of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates stopping the New England Patriots on third down in Super Bowl XLIX in 2015. New England won the game.

Credit: Rob Carr

Credit: Rob Carr

Speaking of Dan Quinn in Super Bowls, Atlanta’s head coach has faced Tom Brady in a Super Bowl. Quinn was the defensive coordinator for Seattle when Brady completed 37 of 50 passes for 328 yards and 4 touchdowns. Brady was picked off twice by the Seahawks’ defense. Brady led the Patriots to the largest fourth quarter comeback in Super Bowl history (10 points). The game was won by New England, 28-24, with a 1-yard interception in the end zone.

Tom Terrific

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is playing for his fifth Super Bowl championship.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is playing for his fifth Super Bowl championship.

Credit: Matt Slocum

Credit: Matt Slocum

Quarterback Tom Brady is playing in his seventh Super Bowl and aiming for an NFL best fifth title. New England’s 24 playoff wins with Brady as the starter are more than that of 25 NFL franchises, including the Falcons.

Trick plays

The Patriots’ offense isn’t above trying trickery in big games.

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