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Brady throws 2 TDs, Patriots beat Falcons 30-23

By Paul Newberry

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, Sept. 29 2013 10:00 p.m. MDT

New England Patriots wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins (85) celebrates his touchdown with Stevan Ridley (22) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Atlanta.

David Goldman, Associated Press

ATLANTA — Tom Brady threw for 316 yards and two touchdowns as the New England Patriots held off a furious Atlanta comeback Sunday night, beating the Falcons 30-23 to improve to 4-0 for the first time since their near-perfect season in 2007.

New England built a 30-13 lead before the Falcons rallied.

They had a chance to tie it up in the final minute, but Matt Ryan's fourth-down pass went off the hands of Roddy White in the end zone with 36 seconds remaining.

The Patriots seemed in control when LeGarrette Blount scored on a 47-yard run, and Brady threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to rookie Kenbrell Thompkins.

Thompkins finished with six catches for 127 yards — nearly as much as the first three games of his career. Julian Edelman chipped in with 118 yards on seven receptions.

Atlanta (1-3) is two games below .500 for the first time since 2007.

AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org

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