NFL-Falcons have more in common with Pats than meets the eye (Reuters)

By Larry Fine Jan 26 (Reuters) – At first blush, perennial powerhouse New England Patriots seem in stark contrast to the upstart Atlanta Falcons team they will face in the Feb. 5 Super Bowl in Houston. Atlanta general manager Thomas Dimitroff and his assistant Scott Pioli worked six seasons together with New England during the remarkable reign of coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady, who will be playing in their seventh Super Bowl together. Lessons learned have helped build a contender in Atlanta.