Jets vs. Falcons score, takeaways: Marcus Mariota, Desmond Ridder sharp for Atlanta in defeat


The New York Jets led the Atlanta Falcons 24-16 in the last game of Week 2 of the preseason.

Atlanta took a 16-0 lead in the first half behind efficient performances from both Marcus Mariota (6 of 10 for 132 yards and a touchdown) and Desmond Ridder (10 of 13 for 143 yards), but New York rallied for a late second-quarter field goal and then a comeback after halftime when the deep backups came into play.

The Jets got their touchdowns thanks to wide receiver Lawrence Cager on a 34-meter crossing route, running back La’Mical Perine on a seven-meter run that he bounced from a crowded box to the edge, and edge rusher Bradlee Anae on a clumsy attempted recovery that he took to the house to put New York in charge for good. Atlanta got one last chance to even the game towards the end of the fourth quarter, but Felipe Franks’ pass sailed over the head of tight end Anthony Firkser and went out of bounds.

Why did the Jets win?

Well, mostly because their third attack found a way to move the ball, and Atlanta’s didn’t. It started with a drive late in the first half, when Denzel Mims made the big move to get the team within reach of the field. After the break, Chris Streveler made some plays with his arm and legs, including a touchdown toss to Cager and several scrambles that kept the drives alive. Meanwhile, the New York defense held Franks only 2 out of 6 passes for eight yards after giving up 275 yards to Mariota and Ridder on just 23 attempts.

Why did the Falcons lose?

Franks and the third series offense were completely knocked out by the Jets defense, while Streveler was able to find some holes in Atlanta’s unit of cover that were unavailable to Mike White for much of the first half. In addition, Atlanta’s offensive line failed to create hasty jobs for Caleb Huntley, who was repeatedly stopped at or around the line of scrimmage, including on a few close range opportunities. In addition, Franks was not accurate when counting on throwing the ball.

Mark play

With New York leading 1 point at the start of the fourth quarter, the Falcons faced a third and 8 from their own 40-yard line. At that point, Anae made what turned out to be the deciding game.

Anae did a great job of not biting too hard on Franks’ play-action fake and staying with the quarterback as he tried to scramble to the left. He dove, getting enough of Franks’ legs to get the quarterback to the ground, where his attempt to support his fall with the football resulted in a fumble. From there, Anae just had to pick it up and take it to the end zone herself.

What’s next

The Jets will take on their MetLife Stadium brethren, the New York Giants, in their final preseason game of the 2022 season. The Jets are technically the home side for that matchup, for whatever that’s worth. They will try to improve to 3-0 in their stage matches before preparing for the Ravens in Week 1.

The Falcons will host the Jacksonville Jaguars in their final preseason game. That game will take place on Saturday at 3 p.m. They then have just over two weeks to prepare for their season opener against division rivals New Orleans Saints.

The Valley Voice
The Valley Voice
Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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