ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 15: (L-R) Roddy White #84 and Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons talk on the field against the Jacksonville Jaguars at the Georgia Dome on December 15, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Falcons Vs. Jaguars: Thursday Night Football An Atlanta Showcase

The Falcons played their best game of the season against their most overmatched opponent, clinching their fourth straight winning season.

  • Live
35 Total Updates since December 13, 2011
  • Important 3
  • Updates 15
  • Articles 20
  • All Updates 35

Falcons Vs. Jaguars Final Score: Falcons Absolutely Dominant En Route To 41-14 Victory

In previous games, we've seen the Falcons get complacent and squander halftime leads, allowing inferior opponents back in to the game and keeping them unnecessarily close. Tonight, I can say with full confidence the Falcons played an absolutely complete game, sixty minutes of outstanding football.

The defense allowed only seven points, the lone touchdown being against the second-stringers in garbage time. Blaine Gabbert was held to only 141 yards passing, and turned the ball over three times. Maurice Jones-Drew, while he eclipsed the century mark on the ground, was also largely held in check.

John Abraham was a one man wrecking crew, racking up 3.5 sacks and forcing two fumbles on a night Gabbert spent mostly running for his life. In total the Falcons sacked the rookie QB five times, and Thomas DeCoud would add to the dominance with a tip-drill interception in the second half.

On offense, the Falcons put up a season-high 41 points and were firing on every cylinder imaginable. Matt Ryan was an impressive 19-for-26 for 224 yards passing and three touchdowns, but the real story was the receiving duo of Roddy White and Julio Jones. Jones finished the day with five catches for 85 yards and a score, while White managed to catch 10 (count 'em) 10 passes for 135 yards and two touchdowns.

Whatever Mike Smith and the coaching staff at halftime last week, it obviously worked because this is certainly not the same Falcons team we saw struggle at the start of the year. They've gained a renewed confidence, and are building some real momentum at the perfect time.

Tonight's win is perhaps the best you'll see from the Atlanta Falcons. Heck, this about as dominant as you can expect any NFL team to play. With this blowout win, the Falcons move 9-5 and will be looking strong heading into next week's Monday Night matchup with the New Orleans Saints.

For more on the Falcons, visit The Falcoholic. For Jaguars news and notes, check out Big Cat Country. For everything NFL, visit SB Nation's NFL page.

Continue

Falcons Vs. Jaguars Halftime Score: Atlanta Flexing Their Muscles, Extending Lead To 27-0

Perhaps building some momentum coming off last week's comeback win over Carolina, the Atlanta Falcons have shown outright dominance in the first half of this Thursday Night football game.

After Atlanta settled for a field goal on their second possession of the game, Jaguars return man Jarrett Dillard muffed the punt, and it was quickly recovered by an opportunistic Sean Weatherspoon at the Jaguars five-yard line. One play later, Michael Turner would walk into the end zone untouched on a five-yard rush, extending the Falcons lead to 17-0.

Later in the half, Matt Ryan would lead the offense on an extremely methodical nine-play, 72 yard drive. Leading receiver Roddy White would catch all three passes thrown his way on the drive, including a six-yard reception good for a touchdown. White has had a big-time game thus far, reeling in seven passes for 90 yards in just the first two quarters of play. Ryan has also been impressive, going 14-for-21 for 160 yards and two TDs. 

The Falcons would keep their foot on the gas on defense as well, holding an inept Jags offense scoreless in the first half. Though Maurice Jones-Drew has gotten his yards (eight carries for 74 yards), the real reason behind this success is Blaine Gabbert amassing only 21 yards so far. The Falcons have simply been able to stack eight men in the box and key in on MJD all game.

In the waning moments of the half, John Abraham would notch his second sack of the game and force the aforementioned struggling Gabbert to fumble, soon after recovered by Curtis Lofton. That turnover would eventually lead to another Matt Bryant field goal, and the Falcons now enter halftime leading 27-0.

The second half should be a good test to see whether Mike Smith's team can really dominate a team not named the Colts this season. Stay tuned.

For more on the Falcons, visit The Falcoholic. For Jaguars news and notes, check out Big Cat Country. For everything NFL, visit SB Nation's NFL page.

Continue

Falcons Vs. Jaguars Update: Matt Ryan To Julio Jones Puts Atlanta Up 7-0

The Jacksonville Jaguars came into this week allowing the fourth fewest yards per game in the entire league, but it didn't take long for the Falcons to put the first points of the ball game.

On the Falcons opening possession, Matt Ryan led the offense on a seven-play, 75 yard drive that ended with Ryan hitting Julio Jones on a short drag route which Jones turned into a 29-yard scoring play. After coming up with a couple of big plays against Carolina, Julio continued his hot streak by outrunning everyone to the end zone. Ryan was a perfect four-for-four on the drive, hitting four different receivers in the process.

On defense, the Falcons were just as good. John Abraham would sack Blaine Gabbert for a 10-yard loss on Jacksonville's first offensive play from scrimmage, and Corey Peters would also manage big-time sack (later negated by an offsides penalty). Still, the defense held true and forced the Jags to go three-and-out on their first possession of the game.

So far, it's been all Atlanta in this one as they lead 7-0.

For more on the Falcons, visit The Falcoholic. For Jaguars news and notes, check out Big Cat Country. For everything NFL, visit SB Nation's NFL page.

Continue
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Atlanta

You must be a member of SB Nation Atlanta to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Atlanta. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Atlanta

You must be a member of SB Nation Atlanta to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Atlanta. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.