Atlanta wasted no time in the Thursday Night Massacre, scoring on a seven-play, 75-yard drive to start the game. Quarterback Matt Ryan hit Julio Jones for a 29-yard score and Ryan was only getting started.
Ryan finished with 224 passing yards, three touchdowns and a QB rating of 137.3. Two of his passes came in the first half, as Atlanta took a 24-0 lead into the break. The game was essentially over before it even began.
Roddy White was the recipient of Ryan’s efficient evening, bringing in 10 receptions for 135 yards and two touchdowns.
Penalties and turnovers, compiled with a bad offensive showing, did the Jaguars in. The Jaguars turned the ball over four times, including three in the first half.
Jacksonville’s first score came off of a 46-yard fumble return by tight end Zach Potter following a blocked punt. That put the game at 41-7 in the fourth quarter.
A primary problem for the Jaguars was the inability to keep quarterback Blaine Gabbert safe in the pocket. The rookie was sacked five times, with four coming from end John Abraham abusing right tackle Guy Whimper.
Gabbert finished the contest going 12-of-22 for 141 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He also fumbled the ball twice–both from hits by Abraham–and those turnovers led to scores.
Maurice Jones-Drew was, again, the lone offensive threat for Jacksonville. The running back ran for 112 yards on 17 carries.
This was the Jaguars’ third game in 11 days and it looked like the team was completely gassed coming off of last week’s win versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Blaine Gabbert, Football, Guy Whimper, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Jaguars, Matt Ryan, Maurice-Jones Drew, NFL
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