Wes Welker was back in action last night just seven months after tearing his ACL, catching two consecutive passes in the first quarter to jump start the New England Patriots as they went on to handle the Atlanta Falcons 28-10 at the Georgia Dome. “Getting out there catching balls and getting hit was good,” said Welker. “It’s a step forward. I’m not sure I’m all there yet.”
QB Tom Brady looked focused as he marched his team downfield for two touchdowns before the end of the first half. Rookie TE Aaron Hernandez led in receiving with 46 yards and a touchdown from four receptions. New England really showcased their versatility yesterday over all else, establishing the run early on to coincide with their already proven passing game. Fred Taylor gained 54 yards from 11 carries, which included a 28 yard break for six in the Patriots opening drive. Sammy Morris contributed a similar stat line, racking up 52 yards from six carries with a TD of his own.
As the offense kept producing through all four quarters the defense stepped up to prevent any sort of comeback, allowing just three points through three quarters. The first half featured a series of first downs from Atlanta with no signs of life in the red zone, resulting in two field goal attempts by kicker Matt Bryant. The Falcons are scheduled matchup with the Miami Dolphins next week as the Pats play host to the St Louis Rams in Foxboro.