Jacksonville Sports Day

Jaguars Wrap Up Preseason with Loss to Atlanta

Photo by Rick Wilson/Jaguars

JACKSONVILLE – The Atlanta Falcons offense was clicking in their final preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Behind a strong ground attack and QB Danny Etling, Atlanta rolled to a 31-12 victory.

The Jaguars (0-4) finished without a preseason victory for first time in franchise history. The Falcons finished the preseason 1-4.

“We have to play harder, we have to play smarter and we have to tackle better. We have to contain the run and get to the quarterback, he’s been running on us,” said Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone after the first half. “Offensively, we have to get in a rhythm. We have had some opportunities to make plays and we aren’t making many plays out there.”

Jacksonville QB Gardner Minshew started for a third time in four preseason games

Minshew, a rookie sixth-round pick, completed 11 of 26 passes for 79 yards and no touchdowns with no interceptions.

Atlanta running back Qadree Ollison scored on the 9-yard touchdown that gave the Falcons an early 7-0 lead. Ollison finished with 51 yards and the touchdown on 14 carries.

Jaguars’ rookie running back Ryquell Armstead led the Jaguars with 40 yards rushing on six carries.

Jacksonville’s Josh Lambo kicked a 48-yard field goal to make it 14-3, with 10:19 remaining in the half. Lambo’s 51-yard field goal on the final play of the half made it 21-6, Falcons.

The Falcons’ Brooks-James made several big plays in the game, including a 15-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and a 52-yard touchdown run in the final quarter.

He led all Falcons with 15 carries for 137 yards and the two touchdowns.

Etling ran 10 times for 67 yards. He completed 15-of-25 passes for 174 yards and a 12-yard touchdown pass to Christian Blake.

The Falcons outgained the Jaguars 425-259. QB Alex McGough’s 16-yard touchdown cut the lead to the final margin.

The Jaguars play host to the Kansas City Chiefs at TIAA Bank Field in the regular-season opener in Jacksonville Sunday, Sept. 8, at 1 p.m.

GAME NOTES: Tickets distributed were announced at 56,511…the Jaguars held 40 players out of Thursday’s game…Falcons kicker Blair Walsh’s 46-yard field goal with 8:44 remaining in the third quarter gave the Falcons a 24-6 lead…the Jaguars held 40 players out of Thursday’s game, including essentially all starters and most front-line players.

INJURY REPORT: Center/guard KC McDermott sustained a first-quarter ankle injury and did not return. … Offensive lineman Ben Ijalana sustained a first-quarter elbow injury and did not return. … Running back Devante Mays sustained an ankle injury in the third quarter and did not return. (From Jaguars.com)

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