(Thursday, FOX, 8:00 PM ET/ ESPN America 02:00 AM CEST): Two of the game’s elite quarterbacks – New England’s Tom Brady and Atlanta’s Matt Ryan – will square off in the Georgia Dome on Thursday night.
Entering his third season, Ryan has led the Falcons to back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in franchise history. The young quarterback spent the offseason watching film on some of the league’s best at the position, including New England’s Brady.
“I learned several things about the game and about my own game during my film work,” says Ryan, “but I was mostly impressed with the patience under fire exhibited by Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.”
Both teams opened the preseason with victories in Week 1. The Patriots defeated the defending champion New Orleans Saints 27-24 and the Falcons knocked off the Kansas City Chiefs 20-10.
“This is all about establishing an attitude every time we step on the field,” says New England tight end Alge Crumpler. “Regardless of who we are playing or what the circumstances are, if we play together as a team, good things will happen.”
NFL Pre Season
New England Patriots @ Atlanta Falcons
August 18th 10 | 02:00 AM CEST
Georgia Dome| Atlanta
TV: ESPN America