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Austin Hooper's big first quarter helps Falcons answer Jets' early score


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- In very poor weather conditions at MetLife Stadium the Falcons' tight ends were called upon in the first quarter, and they responded.

After a miscue on the center-quarterback exchange ended Atlanta's first offensive possession, the team showed greater care for the ball on its second drive, which ended in a 1-yard touchdown pass to Austin Hooper.

The Falcons' tight ends bookended the drive, which covered 64 yards in seven plays. All four of Matt Ryan's passes on the drive were caught by tight ends – one by Levine Toilolo and three by Hooper. Toilolo's catch, a 15-yarder, came on the first play of the drive, and from there, it was all Hooper. The second-year tight end had a 19-yard catch on third-down, a 21-yard catch and the 1-yard touchdown catch.

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