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New York Jets at Atlanta Falcons 10/7/13 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes

Final Score: New York Jets 30, Atlanta Falcons 28

October 7, 2013

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Both teams had something to prove during the Week 5 edition of “Monday Night Football.” The Jets were coming off an ugly loss to the Titans in Week 4, and they headed to Atlanta to take on a Falcons team that was still stinging from a seven-point loss to the Patriots. Injuries were a major factor early on in this one, as neither squad was at full strength coming into the game. Still, it proved to be a compelling matchup that came down to the final seconds.
Let’s take a look at some of the statistical trends and noteworthy players from this matchup so we can determine exactly why things played out the way they did. We’ll also glance forward to Week 6 to check out the upcoming schedule for both teams.

What Happened: The Jets threw everything at the Falcons in a “kitchen sink” offensive approach during the first half. The exotic looks, including variations of wildcat and pistol formations, resulted in a relatively big offensive showing for New York. Meanwhile, the Falcons had some success through the air against the Jets’ secondary. They utilized the passing game to keep the ball moving (as there wasn’t much running game to speak of), but could only post a touchdown by halftime. New York led 17-7 at the break, including a big goal-line stand by the defense at the end of the second quarter.
Atlanta QB Matt Ryan continued a very efficient day after halftime, bringing the Falcons to a fourth quarter lead. However, Geno Smith and the Jets offense were able to push up the field in time for a last-second Nick Folk field goal which proved to be the difference. The Jets would take the victory 30-28.

New York Jets at Atlanta Falcons 10/7/13 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes

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The Stars: We’ll give MVP honors to Jets QB Geno Smith, who went 16-20 for 199 yards (and 21 more on the ground). He was cool as ice leading the Jets up the field on their final drive, completing four passes in a row along with an eight-yard run to help put the team in field goal range. Kicker Nick Folk calmly booted the game-winner, part of his three-field-goal night that was the proverbial icing on the cake.
Jeff Cumberland and Jeremy Kerley stepped up big-time in the absence of Santonio Holmes, posting 79 and 68 yards respectively, and each accounting for a score.
On the other side, Jacquizz Rodgers scored twice, while Julio Jones (99 yards) and the veteran Tony Gonzalez (97 yards) kept the passing game going.

The Goats: The Falcons really needed to get a running game going, but that was easier said than done with Steven Jackson out. Rodgers and Jason Snelling accounted for just 56 yards between them, hitting the brick wall of the Jets rush defense and getting no push from their offensive line.
New York didn’t fare much better, getting only 97 yards between Bilal Powell, Mike Goodson and Chris Ivory. Furthermore, their secondary could have played a lot better. They came up with some key penalties and missed opportunities that allowed Atlanta to get back into it.

Injuries: Jason Snelling left with a concussion; we’ll have to monitor his status throughout the Falcons’ bye-week.
For the Jets, they’ve got to get WR Santonio Holmes and CB Dee Milliner (who both missed this game) right as soon as possible. Both the receiving corps and the secondary could use some work.

Outlook: The Falcons will get a chance to heal up a little bit this week; they’re on a bye. They’ll return to action in Week 7 at home against the Buccaneers. Boy, do they need the rest.
Meanwhile, the Jets will get a short week of preparation in advance of what’s sure to be a hard-nosed game against a desperate 0-4 Steelers team in Week 6. That one will be at MetLife.

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