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NFL: Jaguars Drop Final Tune-up for Regular Season to Atlanta, 17-15

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Atlanta’s Terron Ward rushed for two scores as the Falcons came away with a 17-15 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the final NFL preseason game for both teams.

“This was a good game for us as far as an evaluation tool. We didn’t play a number of our starters, 25-26 guys something like that. We really wanted to use it as an evaluation tool for guys that are fighting and battling to make the team;” said Jacksonville head coach Gus Bradley.

Jaguars rookie QB Brandon Allen, a sixth-round pick from Arkansas, had two TD passes, including a 25-yarder to Shaq Evans. He also completed a pass for a two-point conversion and finished 17-of-26 for 164 yards.

“I thought he did good, there were a couple of plays where we missed some big plays and had an opportunity for some explosive plays, the one with the interception their guy made a great play,” said Bradley of Allen’s play. “I felt like we still had a chance there but overall his procedure, his tempo, his poise which were his strongest attributes showed up tonight.”

Jacksonville (1-3) held out all of its starters, while the Falcons (3-1) used some of their regulars in limited roles. QB Matt Ryan took the Falcons’ first snap, handing off to Devonta Freeman.Then they both sat out the rest of the game.

“I thought some guys really stepped up. We have some critical positions and critical decisions that are going to be tough and we wouldn’t want it any other way. We came out in the game and in the first half, I thought we did some really good things. In the second half, we had our opportunities and just missed some opportunities for some points,” noted Bradley.

Jacksonville rookie linebacker Myles Jack, a second-round draft choice from UCLA, was in on the first four tackles. Cornerback Josh Johnson had one of two Jacksonville interceptions. Jason Myers missed field goal attempts of 57 and 49 yards for the Jaguars.

Jacksonville opens the regular season Sunday, Sept. 11 at home against Green Bay.

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