MLS Playoffs

Highlights of the Revolution's 1-0 playoff loss to Atlanta United

Highlights of the Revolution's 1-0 playoff loss to Atlanta United

FINAL SCORE: Atlanta United 1, Revolution 0

IN BRIEF: Franco Escobar scored in the 69th minute to give the defending champion Atlanta United a 1-0 victory over the New England Revolution Saturday in Atlanta in the Revs' first MLS Playoff appearance since 2015. BOX SCORE

HIGHLIGHTS

FRANCO ESCOBAR BREAKS THE SCORELESS DEADLOCK IN 69TH MINUTE:

BRUCE ARENA  AT HALFTIME:

ATLANTA KEEPER BRAD GUZAN DENIES TEAL BUNBURY:

UP NEXT:

Atlanta plays the winner of Sunday's Philadelphia Union-NY Red Bulls playoff match, Thursday at 8 p.m.

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Patriots' Julian Edelman fires up Revolution with video, evokes Super Bowl memories from Atlanta

Patriots' Julian Edelman fires up Revolution with video, evokes Super Bowl memories from Atlanta

The New England Revolution are in Atlanta for their first MLS playoff match since 2015 today.

To help give the Robert Kraft-owned MLS team a boost, New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman recorded a video where he voices his support to the Pats' "brother team" as he called the Revs.

The Patriots won their sixth Super Bowl title in Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium, site of today's playoff match. It's where the Pats beat the Los Angeles Rams in SB53 in February.

Here's Edelman's video:

Edelman also knows something about performing under pressure against Atlanta. His miracle catch was a signature piece of the Patriots comeback from a 28-3 deficit in Super Bowl 51 against the Atlanta Falcons.

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How to watch the Revolution's MLS Playoff match vs. Atlanta United

How to watch the Revolution's MLS Playoff match vs. Atlanta United

The New England Revolution return to the MLS Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2015 when they take on defending MLS champion Atlanta United today at 1 p.m. at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. 

New England has rallied from the bottom of MLS in May (2-8-2, a league-low eight points) to secure a playoff berth after former US Men's National Team coach Bruce Arena was brought in as head coach and sporting director in May. 

From the hiring of Arena to their playoff-clinching win vs New York City FC Sept. 29, the Revs went  9-2-10 in a 21-game stretch, including an 11-game unbeaten streak this summer.

The Revs' Carles Gil was named MLS Newcomer of the Year after he led the team in goals (10) and assists (14)  and another recent signee, Gustavo Bou, has nine goals in his past 14 games, fourth-most in MLS in that span. 

It'll be a rematch of the regular-season finale, won by Atlanta United, 3-1, but that came after the Revs had clinched a playoff spot. The atmosphere, with a sellout crowd of 70,000 filling the stadium, figures to be much more intense and history isn't on New England's side. The Revs are 0-4-2 all-time against Atlanta and 0-3-0 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Here's how to watch the playoff matchup:

When: Saturday, 1 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Boston
On the web: NBCSportsBoston.com 

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