Atlanta Falcons 14-0-0-8 — 22
New York Jets 0-16-14-0 — 30
The Jets reserves dominated their Falcons counterparts in winning 30-22 in Week 2 of the NFL preseason on Friday night. Both teams are 1-1 in the exhibition season as a result.
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan led touchdown drives on the opening two possessions to give his team a 14-0 lead, before the Jets erupted for 30 points in the second and third quarters to build a huge lead and hold on for the win.
After struggling last week, Jets fourth-round rookie Bryce Petty was much better against the Falcons’ reserves, completing 12-of-19 passes for 168 yards and a 13-yard touchdown pass to DeVier Posey. Starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was also solid, and the Falcons struggles on pass defense continued.
Jets rookie Leonard Williams showed flashes too, sacking Falcons quarterback T.J. Yates for a safety and finishing the game with 1.5 sacks.
Trailing 30-22 with less than two minutes left, the Falcons drove into Jets territory, but the game ended on a forced fumble by Joe Mays after a pass completion.
Check below for stats and highlights of the game.
(ATL) Matt Ryan: 4-for-5, 75 yards, 1 TD
(NYJ) Leonard Williams: 1.5 sacks, safety
(NYJ) Ryan Fitzpatrick: 13-for-19, 118 yards
(NYJ) Brandon Marshall: 4 catches, 62 yards
(NYJ) Bryce Petty: 12-for-19, 168 yards, 1 TD
Terron Ward Rushed for a 4-Yard Touchdown in the 1st Quarter
The Falcons got a stop on the Jets’ first possession, and marched 85 yards down the field to grab an early lead. Matt Ryan hit Collin Mooney for a 60-yard gain, and Terron Ward finished off the drive with a four-yard touchdown run.
Falcons Took a 14-0 Lead After a Retro Return By Devin Hester
He’s still got it.
Falcons return man Devin Hester — who will be 33 in November and return record-holder — broke this return for 59 yards, and another Ryan touchdown pass to Leonard Hankerson made it 14-0 Falcons early in the game.
Jets Rookie Leonard Williams Sacked T.J. Yates for a Safety
In a very Jets way to get on the scoreboard, their defense took advantage of poor field position by the Falcons. No. 6 overall pick Leonard Williams made a nice move at the line of scrimmage to get free for the safety.
Chris Ivory Rushed for a 33-Yard Touchdown in Second Quarter
The Jets took full advantage of the safety, scoring off the ensuing possession from the free kick. Chris Ivory made a nice cut to score from 33 yards out to get the Jets closer, and Ryan Fitzpatrick found Brandon Marshall in the end zone for the 2-point conversion to make it 14-10.
A pair of Nick Folk field goals gave the Jets a 16-14 lead at halftime.
Bryce Petty Threw First Career Touchdown Pass to Extend the Jets Lead
Bryce Petty and DeVier Posey hooked up for this touchdown to give the Jets a 23-14 advantage after starting the game in a 14-0 hole.
Jets Got a Scoop-&-Score to Pull Away
The Jets increased their lead to 30-14 late in the third quarter when Rontez Miles jumped on a loose ball after a fumble and took it 56 yards to the house.
Michael Ford Scored a 1-Yard Touchdown to Pull the Falcons to Within 30-22
Second-year running back Michael Ford scored from a yard out, and Yates completed a pass to secure the 2-point conversion early in the fourth quarter.
Preview: Jets & Falcons Collide at MetLife Stadium
The Jets and Falcons will meet in Week 2 of the NFL preseason on Friday night looking to improve in two different areas of their respective football teams.
New York mustered 123 yards of total offense (for a cool 2.8 yards per play) in a 26-6 loss in Detroit in its preseason opener. Ryan Fitzpatrick played sparingly, and backup Bryce Petty couldn’t move the football. The ground game was mostly contained and Detroit keep its offense on the field for long periods.
For the Falcons, their offense looked completely in sync as Matt Ryan prepares for another Pro Bowl-level season. But the defense under first-year coach and former Seattle defensive mind Dan Quinn left a lot to be desired. Marcus Mariota and Zach Mettenberger carved up the Atlanta defense, and Titans quarterbacks in total completed 23-of-27 passes for 286 yards.
The teams have met in the regular season 11 times, with Atlanta holding a 6-5 series lead.
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