ATLANTA – The Jaguars got a few things they wanted Thursday.
They played well at times early – again – and perhaps as importantly, got out of the preseason without sustaining further significant injuries.
They also got a victory, beating the Atlanta Falcons, 20-16, at the Georgia Dome in the 2013 preseason finale, and with the starters playing sparingly, the Jaguars had impressive early moments and led at halftime for the third time in as many weeks.
“I thought it was good,” Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley said. “The offense came out and struggled right away with the interception, but then they came back with a scoring drive, which is good to see. Defensively we came out and got a couple three and outs.
“They got a chance to get ready for the game, come out and execute, which I thought was good.”
The Jaguars finished the preseason 1-3, and led 10-9 at halftime Thursday, taking a 10-0 lead when kicker
Two Jaguars turnovers late in the second quarter enabled Atlanta to cut the lead to one. First, defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi sacked reserve quarterback
Shelley’s field goal came eight plays after rookie cornerback Desmond Trufant intercepted Scott at the Falcons 43.
“I think we are ready to go,” Jaguars defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks said. “We came out and had to fight through some adversity. We held up a couple of times. I think we are getting better and we are going to continue to do that leading up to the opening game.”
Running back Josh Vaughn’s 65-yard touchdown run in the third quarter gave the Falcons their first lead, 16-13. That came after Scobee’s second field goal earlier in the quarter.
Well, it was the preseason finale, so maybe *turning point* is stretching it, but the Jaguars responded well after a 65-yard touchdown run by Josh Vaughan gave the Falcons a 16-13 third-quarter lead. Jacksonville’s defense stiffened after that, and Ebert’s touchdown reception from Kafka in the fourth quarter gave the Jaguars a lead they never relinquished.
1.Todman not only scored the game’s first touchdown on an 18-yard run, he finished with 60 yards on nine carries. On his touchdown, he ran through a huge hole in the middle of the line and broke two tackles as he neared the goal line.
2.Jaguars defensive end
3.Defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks was active early, and continued to show good quickness off the ball.
5.Ebert made diving reception in the right corner of the end zone on his fourth-quarter touchdown reception.
LOOKING ON . . .
*The Jaguars’ second- and third-team units stabilized a bit Thursday. The team lost to the New York Jets and Philadelphia Eagles in Preseason Weeks 2 and 3, respectively, after holding halftime leads. Jacksonville led 10-0 early against Atlanta before turnovers and mistakes from the starting unit allowed the Falcons to come back, but the reserves held the Falcons largely in check except for the 65-yard touchdown run by Vaughan midway through the third quarter.
*The Jaguars must cut the roster from 75 to 53 players, with releases possible as early as Friday. Veterans such as defensive end
The Jaguars sustained no significant injuries Thursday.
The absences forced several changes in the starting lineup.