Rob Gronkowski has already committed a big penalty, and made a tackle.
But it was his blocking that stood out to start the second quarter, as Brandin Cooks took a little flick pass from Tom Brady, and rode Gronkowski 11 yards to the end zone for a 7-0 Patriots lead.
It was a nifty play for the first score, as Brady basically dropped the ball into Cooks’ hands and watched his newest playmaker hide behind his old one.
The Patriots also caught a break, as an interception by Falcons cornerback Robert Alford was called back by a roughing the passer penalty by Adrian Clayborn, who hit Brady as he threw.
It was a borderline penalty, and took a nice tackle by Gronkowski off the books when Alford tried to bring it out of the end zone.