The New England Patriotsheld on to win 30-23 on Sunday night in Atlanta after a wild fourth quarter rally by the Falcons fell short. Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib finished off another huge game with a deflection in the end zone on Atlanta's final offensive play. The play was reminiscent of when Ryan threw an incompletion to end lat season's NFC Championship Game. Or perhaps the incompletion to end Atlanta's Week 1 loss in New Orleans.
The similarities in the endings are uncanny, but that shouldn't overshadow Atlanta's larger issues. The Falcons' red zone problems are becoming a recurring theme. They wasted opportunities last week against Miami. On Sunday, they entered the red zone six times. They came away with one touchdown in those six trips.
There isn't a lot separating 4-0 from 1-3 in the NFL, but this result tells us more about the Falcons. All those close victories from a season ago are turning into gut-wrenching defeats.