EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The rainy weather is definitely having an impact on the Falcons-Jets game at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.
After two quarters of play, with the Jets ahead 17-13, the sloppy conditions were likely responsible for at least two botched Falcons snaps and three dropped passes.
On Atlanta's first possession – a first-and-10 play from the Falcons' 35-yard line – Matt Ryan fumbled the exchange with center Alex Mack. New York's Jordan Jenkins recovered on the Atlanta 34. The Jets failed to capitalize, however, missing a 46-yard field goal attempt four plays later.
Then, with the scored tied at 7-7, Ryan and Mack had trouble once again the snap exchange on a first-and-10 play from the Falcons' 18-yard line during their third possession of the game. The Jets' Jamal Adams recovered the ball at the Falcons' 20 with 17 seconds left in the first quarter.
Four plays later, New York's Chandler Catanzaro booted a 43-yard field goal to give the Jets the lead back, 10-7.
It's clear there was some sort of problem between Mack and Ryan, who could be seen practicing the snap exchange repeatedly in the sidelines during possessions and before the start of the second half.
Falcons receivers also dropped three balls in the first half -- Levine Toilolo, Austin Hooper and Mohamed Sanu – most likely due to the heavy rain, which has not let up. Hooper's drop came in the end zone on a third-and-5 play from the Jets' 5-yard line – and would have been a touchdown.
The Falcons, instead, settled for a 23-yard Matt Bryant field goal to tie it up at 10 apiece.