Falcons prevail over Jets in sloppy 13-8 win

D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on

Published in Football

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — With the offense chugging along, the Falcons’ defense came up with some key stops to help defeat the Jets 13-8 on Sunday on a rain-soaked field at MetLife Stadium.

The defense came up with a late fumble and turnover over on downs to preserve the one-score lead in the fourth quarter.

The Falcons improved to 6-6, while the Jets dropped to 4-8. The Saints lost to the Lions and dropped them to 5-7. The first-place Falcons have a full game lead over the Saints with five games to play.

Trevor Siemian came on in the fourth quarter for the Jets, but he had a key turnover.

If you like punting, this was the game for you.

There were 16 punts for 772 yards.


Falcons quarterback Desmond Ridder was 12 of 27 for 121 yards. He a touchdown pass and finished with a passer rating of 70.1. Tim Boyle started for the Jets.

The Falcons capitalized on a turnover and one of the many Jets’ penalties to help create a short field and build at 10-5 halftime lead.

The punters – Bradley Pinion and Thomas Morstead -- were the stars of the game in the sloppy field conditions. Both offenses struggled to move the ball as the Jets turned to veteran Trevor Siemian in the fourth quarter in place of Tim Boyle.

After two punts by Pinion and on Morstead’s second punt, the Falcons were pinned back at their 2-yard line.


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