BOSTON (CBS) — WBZ-TV's Levan Reid passes along some news, notes and fun facts heading into Sunday's Patriots-Falcons tilt at Gillette Stadium.
-- This marks the eighth time in in NFL history that two teams will meet in the regular after meeting in the Super Bowl the prior season.
-- This will be the 15th meeting overall between the Pats and the Falcons. New England leads the series eight to six.
-- Tom Brady's first-ever NFC opponent as a starting quarterback was the Falcons back in 2001. New England won 24-10. Brady threw for three touchdowns.
-- The Patriots are 26-18 overall on Sunday Night Football.
--Tom Brady is 17-10 overall on Sunday Night Football.
--Tom Brady has thrown for over 300 yards 13 times on Sunday Night Football.
--They'll be at home this weekend, but with last week's win at the Jets, the Pats have won 11 straight road games.
--Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski have now connected on 71 touchdown receptions.
-- James White leads the Pats in receptions with 33.
-- Devin McCourty got his first INT of the season last week, the 20th of his career. He's the fifth safety in team history to reach 20 career interceptions.
-- Rob Gronkowski has had 24 100-yard games. He's tied with Kellen Winlsow Sr. in second place among tight ends. Tony Gonzalez is first with 31.
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