2. Pin the New England Patriots deep
Going up against a defense like the New England Patriots is going to challenge Atlanta on offense. While the Falcons are going to score plenty of points, there will be some drives where they are forced to punt. This is where special teams is going to play a big role in the game.
It is imperative that Matt Bosher pins New England deep and forces them into bad field position. We have seen the Falcons’ defense come to life when opposing offenses are backed up deep in their own territory. That’s where they force mistakes from the opposition.
Now pinning the Patriots deep doesn’t mean they won’t score. Tom Brady can lead scoring drives from anywhere on the field when he wants to. The key is by forcing long drives, it forces the Patriots to take more time off the clock than they would want to.
If the Falcons are going to be chewing up plenty of clock and pinning the Patriots deep, it’s going to turn clock and field position in there favor. This isn’t exactly some deep line of thinking. These are the basics the team has been working on since OTA’s and it’s time to execute them to perfection in their last game of the year.