The Atlanta Falcons came out firing on the Thursday night game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, beating them 41-14. Matt Ryan had a monster game, throwing three touchdown passes in less than three quarters of play, while John Abraham terrorized rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert with 3 1/2 sacks. Roddy White had a big game as well, torching the Jaguar secondary with 10 catches for 135 yards and two touchdowns.
Atlanta led 27-0 at halftime and stretched it out to 41-0 before Jacksonville finally scored on a blocked punt. Going back to the previous week, when the Falcons overcame a 16-point halftime deficit at Carolina, they ripped off 65 points in a row over five quarters. Coach Mike Smith said after the game “I’m glad we’ve been able to accomplish that as an organization and a football team. But believe me, it’s not one of those expectations we really want to talk about. If we’re where we think we are as an organization and a football team, that’s expected each and every year.”
Jaguars quarterback Gabbert was 12 of 22 for 141 yards, also throwing an interception during a truly awful night full of bad decisions when he wasn’t running for his life. He was sacked five times and got most of his yards on an irrelevant final drive, which resulted in Jacksonville’s only offensive touchdown: a 16-yard pass to Chastin West with 59 seconds remaining.