No, it is sort of how I expected it to go, actually. Atlanta is a very good offense. Pats would have to keep pace and let their--on paper--superior defense make Atlanta one dimensional. What they could not do is give up the equivalent of 28 points in turnovers. Bad fumble getting close to the red zone and a "what the fuck were you looking at?" pick six . . . in the red zone. Erases 6-14 and gives 14 to the other team.
And, sadly, BBC America's Star Trek
marathon is showing "Spock's Brain."
Now that I think about it, this is similar to what happened to Denver versus
Seattle. Granted, Seattle was known for their defense, certainly. One thing Denver could not do was . . . cough up the ball and give up a safety and end up behind.
As I joked to another: "We didn't want another nail-biter."