JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Running back/wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson returned to the lineup and single-handily put life back into the Falcons’ floundering offense.
He rushed 16 times for 108 yards, scored two touchdowns and caught two passes for 27 yards to led the Falcons to a 21-14 victory over the Jaguars on Sunday at TIAA Bank Field.
With Patterson leading the way, the Falcons improved to 5-6 on the season, while the Jaguars, who are trying to rebuild around quarterback Trevor Lawrence, dropped to 2-8.
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan added a touchdown pass to Russell Gage, but Patterson was the heartbeat of the offense.
Ryan completed 19 of 29 passes for 190 yards and had a passer rating of 81.1.
Lawrence, who starred at Cartersville High and Clemson, was held at bay by the Falcons defense that was playing without Deion Jones for the first time in 47 regular-season games. Lawrence had a chance to tie the game or take the lead with a touchdown, but a fourth-quarter drive never got moving. He completed 22 of 41 passes for 228 yards and tossed a touchdown and an interception. He finished with a passer rating of 70.
Here are the five things we learned from the game:
1. Pound the rock. The Falcons ran the ball effectively for the first time this season.
In their first touchdown drive, the team rushed five times for 57 yards with Patterson scoring on a seven-year run around left end.
The Falcons ended their touchdown scoring drought with :38 seconds left in the first quarter. The Falcon hadn’t scored a touchdown over their previous 27 possessions, over two-plus games, and could only muster two field goals. The last touchdown was a 6-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Olamide Zaccheaus in the fourth quarter against the Saints on Nov. 7. The Falcons were outscored 68-3 in losses to the Cowboys (43-3) on Nov. 14 and the Patriots (25-0) on Nov. 18.