Jaguars disappoint Falcons

AP/Phil Coale The Falcons dropped a second game this time to the Jacksonville Jaguars by a score of 13-7. The Falcons had a chance to drive down the field late in the game to tie it up, but failed to move the ball. Special teams failed to come through as Matt Prater missed two field goals of 43 and 26 yards.

Joey Harrington completed 12 of 20 passes for 200 yards. Warrick Dunn had a bit better day rushing for 50 yards on 13 carries (3.8 avg) and an 8-yard score, their first of the season. Jerious Norwood added 30 yards on 9 carries (3.3 avg). Roddy White led receivers with 4 catches for 81 yards. Alge Crumpler (3 catches for 53 yards) and Joe Horn (2 catches for 34 yards) also contributed in the passing game.

The Falcons defense played a bit better this week, but couldn’t create any turnovers to give the offense an edge. They gave up 113 yards on the ground on 34 carries (3.3 avg) and 251 yards passing, but also had 4 sacks. Although the Jaguars only converted 5 of 14 third downs on the day, they were able to convert 4 of 8 in the second half. Michael Boley and Keith Brooking led the team with 7 tackles each. DeAngelo Hall (6 tackles), Trey Lewis (4 tackles), Jonathan Babineaux (3 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble), Grady Jackson (3 tackles, 1 sack), and John Abraham (2 tackles, 1 sack) also had notable games.

Prater’s two misses making him 1 of 4 on the season. Michael Koenen averaged 37.2 yards on 5 punts, placing 1 inside the 20-yard line. Jerious Norwood handled kickoffs, returning 2 for 22 yards, while Adam Jennings added 3 yards on a single punt return.

The Falcons will look for a warm homecoming next week against the Carolina Panthers (1-1) as they try to get into the win column this season.

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