The Patriots’ defense posted the 13th shutout of coach Bill Belichick’s New England tenure, intercepting Matt Ryan and both of his backups in a 25-0 victory over the Falcons on Thursday night in Atlanta.
Ryan was benched for the final two minutes of the game, with backup Josh Rosen taking over. Rosen threw a pick-six to linebacker Kyle Van Noy to seal the Falcons’ fate even tighter. Feleipe Franks took over for Rosen on the next Falcons possession and threw an interception of his own.
Van Noy dominated the Falcons with two sacks to go with the pick-six. New England’s defense held Atlanta’s offense to 165 total yards and 3.2 yards per play.
The Pats are now tied with the Ravens for most shutouts since 2000.
On the other side of the ball, Patriots rookie quarterback Mac Jones went 22 for 26 for 207 yards and a touchdown. He was also intercepted once and sacked three times. Rhamondre Stevenson led New England with 69 yards rushing on 12 carries. Nelson Agholor had a team-high five catches, including the TD pass from Jones.
The Patriots (7-4), who are battling the Bills for the top spot in the AFC East, will return to Gillette Stadium on Nov. 29 for a matchup against the Titans. The Falcons (4-6), who are sitting at the bottom of the NFC South, will face the Jaguars in Jacksonville that same day.
Sporting News tracked updates and highlights from Patriots vs. Falcons on “Thursday Night Football.” Follow below for complete results from the NFL Week 11 game.
Patriots vs. Falcons score
Patriots vs. Falcons live updates, highlights from ‘Thursday Night Football’
(All times Eastern)
Final: Patriots 25, Falcons 0
11:10 p.m.: INTERCEPTION PATRIOTS. Phillips picks off a pass from Franks to seal the Falcons’ fate against the Patriots.
11:07 p.m.: PICK-SIX, PATRIOTS. Rosen attempts a pass to Gage, but Van Noy picks off the pass at the Atlanta 35 and rushes for a touchdown. Patriots lead 25-0 with 1:22 remaining.
11:05 p.m.: FIELD GOAL PATRIOTS. Folk makes a 33-yard attempt to keep the Patriots ahead by three scores. New England holds a 19-0 lead with 1:55 remaining.
10:55 p.m.: Jones completes to Agholor for 10 yards and picks up a first down from the Atlanta 36.
10:50 p.m.: INTERCEPTION, PATRIOTS. Jackson picked off an overthrown pass from Ryan at the New England 46 and ran for another three yards.
10:47 p.m.: Ryan completes to Sharpe for 17 yards and gives the Falcons a first down from the Atlanta 45.
10:44 p.m.: FIELD GOAL PATRIOTS. Folk makes a 53-yard attempt to keep New England in front. Patriots lead 16-0 with 6:39 remaining.
10:42 p.m.: Jones is sacked by Harris and Fowler for a loss of 12 yards on third down, allowing the Patriots to attempt a field goal.
10:37 p.m.: Jones fires a pass up the middle to Bourne for a 19-yard gain at the Atlanta 37.
10:35 p.m.: Stevenson rushes to the Atlanta 10 for 36 yards. An offensive holding penalty pushes the Patriots back to their own 44.
10:32 p.m.: INTERCEPTION, PATRIOTS. Ryan throws a deep pass intended for Pitts, but McCourty picks it off at the 22.
10:30 p.m.: Ryan completes a deep pass to Gage for 19 yards and gives the Falcons a fresh set of downs from the 41.
10:27 p.m.: Ryan is sacked by Godchaux at the 22 for a loss of seven yards.
10:25 p.m.: After Jones fails to convert, the Patriots are forced to punt. Williams makes the fair catch and the Falcons start their drive from the 24.
Third Quarter: Patriots 13, Falcons 0
10:20 p.m.: After Ollison is stopped fourth down, the Falcons are forced to turnover on downs from the Patriots’ 16.
10:17 p.m.: Ryan completes to Smith for 11 yards to get a first down at the New England 25.
10:15 p.m.: INTERCEPTION, FALCONS. Jones throws a deep pass and is intercepted by A.J. Terrell at the Atlanta 13. He rushes 35 yards to give the Falcons a first down from the 48.
10:11 p.m.: Jones completes to Meyers for six yards and a first down from the 41.
10:10 p.m: Stevenson rushes up the middle for 13 yards to give the Patriots a first down at the 30.
10:07 p.m.: After Ryan throws an incomplete pass, Atlanta is forced to punt from the 21.
10:04 p.m.: Bailey kicks a 60-yard punt to position the Falcons at the Atlanta 6.
10:00 p.m.: Harry rushes for 13 yards, but an offensive holding penalty pushes the Patriots back to their own 22.
9:56 p.m.: Olszewski returns the punt and rushes for 17 yards, giving the Patriots a first down from their own 27.
9:53 p.m.: Ryan makes his first completion of the half to Davis for 10 yards, but falls short of the first down. Falcons punt on their opening drive of the second half.
9:50 p.m.: Falcons start from their own 17 after the kickoff. Ryan throws consecutive incomplete passes, but a defensive pass interference penalty against the Patriots gives Atlanta a first down at the 31.
Halftime: Patriots 13, Falcons 0
9:38 p.m.: FIELD GOAL PATRIOTS. Folk makes a 44-yard attempt to extend the Patriots’ lead in Atlanta. Patriots lead 13-0 at the half.
9:33 p.m.: Hall sacks Jones at the 37 for a loss of seven yards.
9:31 p.m.: Jones completes to Meyers at the Atlanta 36 for an 18-yard gain.
9:27 p.m.: The Patriots start from the 32 after Atlanta was called for an illegal block on the punt return. Jones completes to Bolden at the 41 for nine yards.
9:23 p.m.: Judon brings down Ryan at the Falcons’ 6 for a loss of nine yards. Atlanta is forced to punt following the two-minute warning.
9:22 p.m.: Bailey punts for 42 yards to position the Falcons at their own 14.
9:20 p.m.: Jones is sacked by Oluokun at the New England 26 for a loss of 14 yards.
9:17 p.m.: Koo makes a 45-yard attempt for the Falcons, but it’s nullified after an illegal formation penalty against Atlanta. Koo kicks the second attempt wide left and keeps Atlanta scoreless.
9:15 p.m.: Ryan is sacked by Van Noy at the New England 27 for a loss of 14 yards, forcing the Falcons to attempt a field goal attempt from Koo.
9:12 p.m.: Ollisin rushes for another 12 yards, then two yards on the following plays. Ryan then completes to Pitts for seven yards.
9:10 p.m.: Ryan completes a pass up the middle to Zaccheaus for another nine yards. Ollisin rushes for 10 yards on fourth down to position the Falcons at the New England 35.
9:07 p.m.: Ryan completes to Zaccheaus for nine yards and gives the Falcons a first down at the 46.
9:05 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN PATRIOTS. Jones completes to Agholor, who runs it into the end zone for the score. Patriots lead 10-0 with 13:32 remaining in the half.
8:59 p.m.: Jones completes to Harris for eight yards to give the Patriots a fresh set of downs from the 21.
First Quarter: Patriots 3, Falcons 0
8:55 p.m.: Damien Harris rushes for 14 yards after Jones completes to Harry for nine yards. Harris rushes for another 17 yards on the following play to give the Patriots a first down at the Atlanta 36.
8:53 p.m.: Ryan fires consecutive incomplete passes and forces the Falcons to punt. Colquitt punts for 50 yards to position the Patriots at their own 24.
8:50 p.m.: Ryan completes to Gage for a 12-yard gain, then completes to him again for one yard pickup at the 26.
8:48 p.m.: Ryan completes a short pass to Davis for six yards and is pushed out at the 16.
8:47 p.m.: Avery Williams makes the return for the Falcons and rushes for 28 yards. An offensive holding penalty against Sean Williams pushes the Falcons back to their own 10.
8:45 p.m.: FIELD GOAL PATRIOTS. Nick Folk kicks a 32-yard field goal and puts the Patriots on the board first. Patriots lead 3-0 with 5:15 remaining in the first quarter.
8:41 p.m.: Jones rushes for two yards and gives the Patriots a first down from the 17.
8:39 p.m.: Stevenson rushes for 21 yards and is pushed out of bounds by Harmon at the Atlanta 28.
8:37 p.m.: Jones fires a short pass up the middle to Smith for 17 yards, giving New England a first down from the 49.
8:34 p.m.: Colquitt punts 51 yards to the New England 44. A holding penalty against Cody Davis forces the Patriots to punt on their second drive.
8:30 p.m.: Ryan completes to Mike Davis for seven yards. An illegal formation penalty against the Falcons pushes them back to their own 2.
8:27 p.m.: Jake Bailey kicks a 44-yard punt that lands inside the Atlanta 4 and bounces out of bounds.
8:25 p.m.: Deion Jones makes the stop on third down for the Falcons and forces the Patriots to punt on their opening drive.
8:23 p.m.: Erik Harris gets called for defensive pass interference, giving the Patriots a first down from the 45.
8:20 p.m.: Falcons win the toss and defer. Patriots receive the kickoff and start from the 25.
Patriots vs. Falcons start time
- Time: 8:20 p.m. ET | 5:20 p.m. PT
The Patriots and Falcons will kick off at 8:20 p.m. ET, the same time that all “Thursday Night Football” games are set to begin during the 2021 NFL season. Pregame coverage of the event will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET on both NFL Network and Fox. NFL Network will also air “TNF First Look” on game day starting at 3 p.m. ET.
How to watch ‘Thursday Night Football’
“Thursday Night Football” will be simulcast on Fox and NFL Network for the remainder of the 2021 NFL regular season. Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will be on the call in the booth, with Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink reporting from the sidelines.
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‘Thursday Night Football’ schedule 2021
|11||Nov. 18||Atlanta Falcons vs. New England Patriots||Fox, NFLN, Amazon|
|12||Nov. 25||New Orleans Saints vs. Buffalo Bills||Fox, NFLN, Amazon|
|13||Dec. 2||New Orleans Saints vs. Dallas Cowboys||Fox, NFLN, Amazon|
|14||Dec. 9||Minnesota Vikings vs. Pittsburgh Steelers||Fox, NFLN, Amazon|
|15||Dec. 16||Los Angeles Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs||Fox, NFLN, Amazon|
|16||Dec. 23||Tennessee Titans vs. San Francisco 49ers||NFL Network|
|16||Dec. 25 (Sat.)||Green Bay Packers vs. Cleveland Browns||Fox, NFLN, Amazon|
|16||Dec. 25 (Sat.)||Arizona Cardinals vs. Indianapolis Colts||NFL Network|