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New England Patriots tight end Matthew Mulligan (88) (Credit: AP Photo David Goldman)

New England Patriots tight end Matthew Mulligan (88) celebrates his touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Sunday Night Football: Patriots vs. Falcons

The New England Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons, 30-23, on Sunday Night Football in the Georgia Dome.

New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley (22)
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New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley (22) is hit by Atlanta Falcons cornerback Robert Alford (23) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley (22)
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New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley (22) moves the ball past Atlanta Falcons middle linebacker Akeem Dent (52) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith speaks to
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Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith speaks to official Greg Gautreaux during the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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Atlanta Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers (32) runs
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Atlanta Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers (32) runs the ball against the New England Patriots during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (88) makes
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Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (88) makes the catch against New England Patriots outside linebacker Jerod Mayo (51) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas (83) moves
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Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas (83) moves the ball as New England Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington (25) defends during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (88) makes
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Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (88) makes the catch against New England Patriots outside linebacker Jerod Mayo (51) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Actor Jim Carrey speaks to people on the
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Actor Jim Carrey speaks to people on the sidelines before the first half of an NFL football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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Mike Gallegos, holding a Patriots quarterback Tom Brady
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Mike Gallegos, holding a Patriots quarterback Tom Brady photo and Alyssa Gautrau, of Fort Benning Ga., watch players work out before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

New England Patriots tight end Matthew Mulligan (88)
(Credit: AP Photo David Goldman)

New England Patriots tight end Matthew Mulligan (88) celebrates his touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

New England Patriots tight end Matthew Mulligan (88)
(Credit: AP Photo David Goldman)

New England Patriots tight end Matthew Mulligan (88) catches a ball for a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (88) runs
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Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (88) runs into the end zone for a touchdown against New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (37) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (88) runs
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Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (88) runs into the end zone for a touchdown against New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (37) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley (22)
(Credit: AP Photo John Bazemore)

New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley (22) moves the ball against Atlanta Falcons middle linebacker Akeem Dent (52) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley (22)
(Credit: AP Photo John Bazemore)

New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley (22) works to get to the end zone against Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker Joplo Bartu (59) and Atlanta Falcons free safety Thomas DeCoud (28) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29)
(Credit: AP Photo John Bazemore)

New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29) runs into the end zone as Atlanta Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant, (21) makes the tackle during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Atlanta Falcons strong safety William Moore (25) flies
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Atlanta Falcons strong safety William Moore (25) flies over New England Patriots wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins (85) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

New England Patriots wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins (85)
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New England Patriots wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins (85) vies for a thrown ball against Atlanta Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant (21) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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New England Patriots wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins (85)
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New England Patriots wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins (85) vies for a thrown ball against Atlanta Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant (21) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29)
(Credit: AP Photo John Bazemore)

New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29) runs towards the end zone as Atlanta Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant, top and Atlanta Falcons strong safety William Moore (25) give chase during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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