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Notes & Milestones: Falcons vs. Jaguars


The Falcons wrapped up the 2010 preseason with a 13-9 loss.

QB Chris Redman completed 15-of-22 passes for 142 yards in the first half, including a 22-yard pass to WR Ryan Wolfe which set up Atlanta's second score. Redman finished the night with an 85.8 passer rating and completed passes to seven different receivers.

Offensively the Falcons racked up 316 total yards, including 100 yards on rushing and 216 yards passing. Redman and QB John Parker Wilson combined to go 23-for-37. In total, 10 Falcons caught at least one pass.

WR Troy Bergeron caught three passes for 36 yards, including a 13-yard pick up on a third and seven setting up the Falcons first score. Bergeron also added a nine yard rush on an end around that gained a first down.

K Matt Bryant was a perfect three for three on field goal attempts, hitting from 31, 27 and 25 yards, helping to keep the Falcons within striking distance.

The Falcons defense was stout on third down for the second consecutive game, holding the Jaguars to a 21 percent conversion rate on that crucial down. Jacksonville converted three of their 14 third downs, combined with last week's game against Miami the Falcons have allowed just five conversions on 26 attempts (19 percent) in the last two games.

Falcons' punter and kickoff specialist Michael Koenen, continued his solid preseason booting three kickoffs deep into the Jaguars endzone for touchbacks. Koenen also sent the opening kickoff of the second half deep into Jacksonville's endzone but it was brought out for a return by WR Tiquan Underwood. In the 2010 preseason 10 of his 13 kickoffs have resulted in touchbacks, including four kicks in outdoor stadiums in Miami and Jacksonville. Koenen also posted a net average of 36.0 yard on his seven punts.

After finishing 2009 ranked tied for 26th in the NFL with 28 sacks the Falcons have shown a drastic improvement, recording two sacks in all four of their preseason games. Linebackers Bear Woods and Robert James continued the trend in Thursday night's matchup against the Jaguars. With the ball on the Falcons five-yard line in the fourth quarter, James dragged down QB Trevor Harris for a five yard loss on fourth down, keeping the Jaguars' lead at four points and giving the Falcons the ball back. On Jacksonville's final possession, Woods brought down Harris for an eight yard loss putting the Jaguars in a third-and-15 situation and forcing a punt.

Atlanta's defense was also tough against the run, holding Jacksonville to a 3.2 yards-per-carry average, gaining 90 yards on 28 carries.

The Falcons showed their speed and strength against the Jaguars, getting into the backfield and making eight tackles for loss and registering six quarterback hits, including two sacks.

During the Jaguars first drive DE Jamaal Anderson slipped by his blocker to stop RB Montell Owens for a one yard loss on second down, putting Jacksonville in a third and long situation. QB Luke McCown's third-down pass was incomplete leading to a three and out.

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