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First-quarter analysis: Falcons treat Tom Brady ... like the Bills

Shout out to Pro Football Reference for this gem: According to the website, the last time Tom Brady took two sacks on the same drive was Oct. 30 -- against the Buffalo Bills.

The Atlanta Falcons dropped the New England Patriots' quarterback twice for sacks during the first quarter of Super Bowl LI on Sunday night at Houston's NRG Stadium.

Brady was dropped by Courtney Upshaw for an 8-yard loss on a first-down play from the Atlanta 40-yard line, then two plays later was stopped by Grady Jarrett for a 1-yard loss on third down to force a punt.

Brady started the game 5 of 6 with each of the completions going to different receivers, but both teams were held off the scoreboard in the opening 15 minutes.

Off and running: Falcons running back Devonta Freeman wasted little time showing he was comfortable on the big stage, ripping off a run of 37 yards on Atlanta's first play. Freeman followed that up with a 3-yard gain on the next play, but the Falcons' drive stalled out two plays later.

Big stop: Falcons rookie Deion Jones made his presence felt early, dropping Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount for a 1-yard loss on a third-and-1 play on the first drive of the game to force a punt.

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