Patriots hand Falcons first loss of season

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- The New England Patriots finally got their offense rolling with a balanced attack as Tom Brady threw for 277 yards and Fred Taylor ran for 105 in a 26-10 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

One week after the Patriots were held without a touchdown in a 16-9 loss to the New York Jets, Brady threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Chris Baker and Taylor ran for an 8-yard score.

On a drizzly day, there was no need for a comeback like the one Brady led in the opener when he made up for an inconsistent offense by throwing two touchdown passes in the final 2:06 for a 25-24 win over the Buffalo Bills.

But the Patriots (2-1) had plenty of trouble in the red zone where they settled for four field goals by Stephen Gostkowski.

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