Patriots Survive Wild Late Falcons Rally, Aqib Talib Bats Away Final Pass

Aqib Talib saves the Patriots

Atlanta came back to almost pull an improbable chance at overtime. Trailing 30-10 in the fourth quarter, Atlanta staged a rally that saw just about everything: a malfunction of instant replay, a recovered onside kick, and a botched exchange on 4th and inches when the Patriots tried to seal the win. In the end, a Julio Jones catch put Atlanta near the end zone with a chance to tie, but Matt Ryan could not get the necessary pass, and on 4th and 7, his throw to Roddy White was deflected by Aqib Talib.

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Plenty to talk about, but Mike Smith kicked a field goal on 4th and 1, inside the 10, to cut it to 30-23, and ended up facing a worse situation the next time down.

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