Belichick says communication key to slowing speedy Falcons (AFP)

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Thursday he was most impressed with the speed of Super Bowl opponent Atlanta, stressing fundamentals and communication between defenders are essential to shutting down the NFL’s highest-scoring attack. “Everybody they give the ball to on offense can score from 80 yards away. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, running back Devonta Freeman and wide receiver Julio Jones have sparked Atlanta to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1999, with designs on their first-ever NFL crown.