Patriots hold off Falcons, move to 4-0

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The Patriots have had experience dealing with big injuries in the past, and this is one of the more significant ones based on Wilforks on-field and leadership contributions. AP Photo/Paul Spinelli The Patriots hope Danny Amendola is able to return to action this week. Other injuries to monitor: Alfonzo Dennard , elevated to the starting cornerback spot opposite Aqib Talib in the base defense, hobbled off late in the game and didnt finish. Also, rookie receiver Aaron Dobson sustained a neck injury in the second half and never returned. Dobson has been working as the No. 3 receiver. Gronkowski and Amendola close to returns?

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Miami Dolphins (3-1): B FISH HOOKED: Saints beat Dolphins The Dolphins suffered their first loss Monday night and it was a bad one. They were blown out of the Superdome by the New Orleans Saints. But the rest of the first quarter of the season was a good one, with positive development from second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill. New York Jets (2-2): C GENO’S JOB: Sit the rookie? No, Rex says Considering all of the drama and dysfunction around Florham Park, N.J., in the off-season, two wins in the first four games should be considered a success. Rookie quarterback Geno Smith is enduring his growing pains while surrounded by a mediocre group of talent.

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New England built a 30-13 lead before the Falcons rallied. They had a chance to tie it up in the final minute, but Matt Ryan ‘s fourth-down pass went off the hands of Roddy White in the end zone with 36 seconds remaining as Aqib Talib defended tightly on the play. The Patriots again played without star tight end Rob Gronkowski and receiver Danny Amendola , both left at home with injuries. But the Brady-led offense finally looked like itself after struggling the first three games. New England seemed in control when LeGarrette Blount scored on a 47-yard run, and Brady threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to rookie Kenbrell Thompkins.

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EDT, September 30, 2013 ATLANTA — Tom Brady might be still learning about his new receiving corps, but it did not matter Sunday night. Brady passed for 316 yards and two touchdowns, leading the New England Patriots to a 30-23 win over the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome . Kenbrell Thompkins caught six passes for 106 yards, and Julian Edelman made seven receptions for 107 yards as the duo outplayed the Falcons’ more heralded wide receivers for much of the night. Thompkins caught an 18-yard touchdown pass from Brady to put the Patriots up by two touchdowns with 10 minutes to play. The Patriots are 4-0 for the first time since 2007, when they won all 16 regular-season games and reached the Super Bowl before losing to the New York Giants .

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“We wanted to be physical,” he said of the Patriots’ power running game. Blount said coach Bill Belichick had stressed that message to players early in the week. In a cramped locker room, it was Blount, fellow running back Stevan Ridley and several offensive linemen who drew big media crowds. Mostly positive despite near-collapse: While quarterback Tom Brady didn’t seem overly enthused, perhaps because of the way the offense couldn’t close things out, one player said it was mostly a positive message from Belichick to the players. “Hey, we’re 4-0. And we had a lot of doubters out there,” one Patriot said, pointing out that the author in this space was one of them.