ATLANTA (AP) — Tony Gonzalez caught a 21-yard touchdown pass from Matt Ryan to help the Atlanta Falcons tie the New England Patriots 10-10 late in the second quarter Sunday night.
Tom Brady's 1-yard touchdown pass to Matthew Mulligan and Stephen Gostkowski's 48-yard field goal gave New England a 10-3 lead earlier in the period.
Gonzalez was open on the right sideline after linebacker Don't'a Hightower bumped him in coverage and let the 13-time Pro Bowl tight end catch the pass easily and beat safety Steve Gregory to the right goal-line marker.
Brady attempted just nine passes, completing five for 96 yards in the first half, but he has thrown a TD pass in 52 consecutive games, the NFL's second-longest career — and active — streak behind Drew Brees' 54 straight for New Orleans.
Matt Bryant kicked a 23-yard field goal to give the Atlanta Falcons a 3-0 lead on the opening drive.
The 13-play, 75-yard drive stalled at the 6 line when Ryan overthrew Gonzalez and Julio Jones in the end zone.
New England's first drive ended when Kenbrell Thompkins dropped a pass that would've been a first down, and the Patriots had to punt.
Stevan Ridley energized New England's offense late in the first, catching a 24-yard pass and running three times for 26 yards to help set up Mulligan's TD catch that gave the Patriots a 10-3 lead early in the second.
The Falcons went three-and-out on their second possession due in part to a holding penalty on left tackle Sam Baker that wiped out an 18-yard run by Jacquizz Rodgers.
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