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Atlanta Falcons Preseason: Things To Watch Against the Patriots

It was Sept. 27, 2009 when the Atlanta Falcons traveled to Gillette Stadium to take on the New England Patriots in a Week Three matchup. The Falcons were flying high coming off a 28-20 win against division rival Carolina and sporting a great 2-0 record.

The experts and talking heads looked to jump on the Falcon bandwagon after this fast start. This upcoming game was going to be a signature game showing just how far Matt Ryan and the Falcons had come.

Falcon fans need no reminding of what happened that fateful Sunday as the supposed "signature" game for the Falcons turned into a 26-10 thumping.

The Falcons would rally to post the franchise's first back to back winning seasons and close the book on an injury-marred 2009 campaign.

Flash back to the present as a markedly different Patriots team comes calling to the Georgia Dome. What a difference a year makes for this Patriot team, with fresh faces on defense and some old missing faces on offense.

Here then are the top six things for a Falcons fan to look for in the Week Two matchup.

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