Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib was a difference maker Sunday night.
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The New England Patriots went on the road to face the Atlanta Falcons in the Georgia Dome Sunday night.

The Patriots won 30-23, holding onto their narrow lead as time expired. Here is my player of the game. –

Aqib Talib: There’s no debate about the player of the game this week. Talib showed his value to the defense and the team with an incredible performance.

Talib finished the game with four pass deflections, two tackles and an interception. More importantly, he shut down Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones for the majority of the game. In addition, he made a game saving play, in the end zone, against Roddy White.

The defense as a whole did a good job against the Falcons throughout the contest, but clearly Talib is the difference maker in the secondary. He brings leadership, attitude and a competitiveness with opposing team’s top receivers that is irreplaceable. I’ll have more on this game, including my “Report Card”, later this week. Stay tuned.

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