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Pre-Game Report

November 4, 2001

Georgia Dome (71,228) - Turf

1:00 p.m. EST

This week's game will be broadcast regionally on CBS (locally on WBZ Channel 4 in Boston). Craig Bolerjack will provide the play-by-play detail and will be joined by broadcast partner Trevor Matich.


WBCN's Rock Radio Network 104.1 FM. Gil Santos, now in his 25th season as voice of the Patriots, will call the action along with long-time broadcast partner and Patriots Hall of Famer Gino Cappelletti.

The New England Patriots (3-4) will travel to Atlanta to face the Falcons (3-3) this Sunday. It will be their third and final game on their current road swing before returning to Foxboro, where the Patriots will host three consecutive games. The Patriots and the Jacksonville Jaguars are the only teams that have had to play three consecutive road games this season.

Atlanta returns to action this week after enjoying a Week 7 bye. Prior to the bye, the Falcons snapped a two-game losing streak with a 20-13 victory over the Saints in New Orleans. While the Patriots have struggled on the road this year (1-3 record), the Falcons have struggled at home (1-2). Their only home win was a Week 2 victory over the Carolina Panthers, 24-16.

This week's game will be the 10th in the series between the two non-conference teams and the Falcons have proven over time to be a formidable foe, boasting a 6-3 series advantage. The Patriots' last victory in the series was a 25-17 win in 1986. Their only win in five tries in Atlanta was a 16-10 victory in 1977. The last time the Patriots traveled to Atlanta, Scott Zolak led the team into battle in 1995 after replacing Drew Bledsoe, who had sustained a separated shoulder the previous week. (For more series information, see page 2).

Last week, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady extended his NFL-record for pass attempts without an interception to start a career to 162 career attempts before Denard Walker snared a pass intended for David Patten in the end zone 1:48 into the fourth quarter at Denver. Unfortunately for the Patriots, the picks came in bunches. Brady was intercepted on each of the team's four fourth quarter possessions, including a 39-yard return for a touchdown that capped the scoring, 31-20. The loss dropped the Patriots to fourth place in the division.

A victory this weekend would give the Patriots a 4-4 record at midseason and the momentum of winning two-out-of-three on the road prior to returning home to host three consecutive games in November.

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