Big win and big contributions from Fred Taylor and Brandon McGowan.
The Patriots knew they had to run the ball and they did more of it this week. With Maroney going down with an injury Fred Taylor stepped in a dominated on the ground. Everytime he touched the ball he was going forward and gaining yards. He gave the Pats a spark and momentum through numerous drives. Fred ended up with 105 yard on 21 carries and 1 TD. The TD was a big one at a key time in the game.
Defensive Game Ball: Brandon McGowan
Wait, Brandon who? Did you mean Merriweather? No. McGowan. McGowan was a dominate today. The one stat that shows you this is...1 catch for 16 yard from Tony Gonzalez. McGowan was personally responsible for covering Tony G for most of the game, with help. Tony had been dominating teams but today was absolutely shut down. Tony seemed upset after the game:
"[McGowan] was pretty much going with me with man [coverage] and pretty much anywhere I would go he got help," Gonzalez explained. "I had someone in my face playing man and as soon as I'd go in someone else's zone, they would just be waiting right there."
McGowan also came up with the huge forced fumble before the half to stop a big falcons drive. That gave the Pats momentum going into the half and they did not look back from there. He ended up with 5 tackles and 1 forced fumble.