The NFL schedule 2013 live stream and televised games will cap off on Sept. 29 with Sunday Night Football. It will be a meeting of two powerhouse teams, one from the AFC and the other from the NFC, who were each runner-ups in the Championship game of last season's playoffs. Sunday's New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons game will be an NFL live streaming and TV game courtesy of the NBC sports networks.
An ESPN.com report from Sept. 29 indicates that both the Falcons and Pats have significant injuries to contend with in this early part of the season. Despite that, the New England Patriots have managed to start out 3-0 on the season, and average 34.8 points a game, which is currently best in the NFL. They're hoping to have tight end Rob Gronkowski and wide receiver Danny Amendola back this week, with both listed on the injury reports as "questionable."
Without those two, Julian Edelman has filled in nicely as a receiver. He's had a total of 27 receptions caught from star QB Tom Brady. Also, rookies Kenbrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson have been filling in, but are still learning to work with Brady. Brady isn't off to his best start stats-wise, and the Pro Bowl quarterback told the media recently that he takes full responsibility, saying:
"I think throwing an interception right to a strong safety last week doesn't help, especially (when) two plays before I had a wide-open guy. I think plays like that are more the problem. I have to do a good job finding the open guys, guys that are running free and then hit them. That will help our red-zone offense more than anything."
Meanwhile, the Falcons are sitting at 1-2, despite being a strong contender from the NFC last season, who nearly made it to the Super Bowl. Atlanta is averaging 23.7 points a game through their first three, compared to 26.2 last season. Despite the early struggles, many feel this team is still good enough to reach the NFC championship game in this year's playoffs and should provide the Patriots with their first real test in the first quarter of this season.
While it's noted that Tom Brady has a 3-0 record against the Falcons, including a 2009 victory 26-10 against Matt Ryan's squad, the Falcons have become -2.5 favorites in tonight's game. The line originally opened as a "Pick 'em", with the over/under currently at 50.5 combined points. Based on the Patriots not having a true challenge, and missing key personnel, this could be the game Atlanta needs to get back on track for their championship aspirations. A 2-2 record will certainly be a step in the right direction.
Sunday night's football game between the Patriots and Falcons has a scheduled start time of 8:30 p.m. EST on NBC. Television coverage can be seen in Roanoke via local NBC affiliate station WSLS 10. In addition, viewers can watch this game live streaming online through the NBC Sports Live Extra website here, with coverage starting at 8:00 p.m. EST.