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Patriots get contributions from unlikely sources

Matthew Mulligan, not exactly a household name in New England, cradles a Tom Brady pass for the Patriots’ first TD.
Matthew Mulligan, not exactly a household name in New England, cradles a Tom Brady pass for the Patriots’ first TD. barry chin/globe staff

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ATLANTA — BenJarvus Green-Ellis is long gone — although the Patriots will see him this Sunday – but the law firm was well represented at the Georgia Dome in New England’s 30-23 prime-time win over the Falcons.

If Green-Ellis was an established partner in his time spent with the Patriots, this new quartet of young, obscure associates rolls off the tongue just as well.

Vellano, Mulligan, Jones, Buchanan.

Not exactly the contributors’ names that Patriots fans would have expected, either before the season or even at the start of Sunday’s game. But there they were Sunday night, catching touchdown passes, filling in for Pro Bowlers, and sacking Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan.

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