Stopping a streak that dates back a few years, the Falcons got their first preseason win after seven straight losses on Friday night against the Dolphins. The final score, 23-6, was overshadowed by a torrential downpour that began in the fourth quarter and made life difficult for both teams in the second half.
The Falcons got the win off a solid effort from Atlanta's first-team offense, who played into the third quarter. While the offense only scored nine points in the first half, they had some success moving the ball, especially through the air. On their second possession of the second half, Matt Ryan connected with Julio Jones for the game's first TD.
After the Ryan-to-White touchdown, Atlanta's backups took over. In the preseason's first two games, the Falcons backups have experienced their struggles, giving up leads in both games. Against the Dolphins, the second- and third-stringers fared much better.
For the second straight week, backup QB Dominique Davis had a strong showing. He was 2-of-3 passing for 53 yards and one touchdown, which was easily the play of the game. In the fourth quarter, Davis connected with wide receiver Tim Toone for a 39-yard touchdown. The college free agent QB hit Toone in stride as he ran into the endzone with the catch.
Atlanta's depth on defense had a strong showing as well.
In the second half, Atlanta's defense allowed Miami four first downs and allowed only one third-down conversion in eight tries.
The backups and rotation players on the defensive line continued their impressive preseason play. Lawrence Sidbury had a tackle for loss that forced a fumble that Cliff Matthews recovered. Rookie defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi added another tackle for loss, giving him three on the preseason.