Arizona Cardinals vs. Atlanta Falcons

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Game Information
Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium Atlanta, Georgia
Attendance: 70,237

ATLANTA (AP) John Brown made a strong statement his lingering quadriceps injury is no concern as he caught two touchdown passes to lead the Arizona Cardinals to a 24-14 preseason win over the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday night.

Brown showed off his speed when he caught a 28-yard scoring pass from Carson Palmer and a 21-yarder from Drew Stanton, each in the second quarter.

The game was the first event held at the new $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium. There are ongoing issues with the stadium's complicated retractable roof, which is expected to remain closed indefinitely. There were no glitches in the stadium's other bragging points, including a big halo video board.

Brown's explosive showing confirmed his status as the Cardinals' top downfield threat after he had been slowed by the injury. Last week, coach Bruce Arians said if Brown "can't run long enough, we've got to replace him."

Brown's ability to recover quickly from injuries is affected by his 2016 diagnosis with sickle cell trait. He also left camp this week for a funeral in Miami and rejoined the team Friday night in Atlanta.

"I'm not 100 percent, but I'm feeling way better than I did during training camp," Brown said. "I'm about 80 percent."

The Atlanta offense fell flat in the stadium unveiling. Matt Ryan's pass on the Falcons' first play was intercepted by Tyrann Mathieu.

In the second quarter, Falcons backup Matt Schaub lost a fumble on his first snap when hit by linebacker Markus Golden. Chandler Jones recovered for Arizona (2-2), and one play later Brown made an over-the-shoulder grab for his 21-yard TD.

Arizona rookie James Summers had a 5-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter.

Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones made his preseason debut but did not have a catch. He has made a full recovery from offseason foot surgery and was targeted on a long pass from Ryan in the first quarter.

Atlanta's No. 3 quarterback Matt Simms threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to rookie Josh Magee late in the game.

Cardinals starting running back David Johnson did not play. Chris Johnson had six carries for 31 yards with a fumble that was recovered by guard Evan Boehm.

QUARTERBACK COMPARISON

Ryan, sharp in limited playing time in the first two preseason games for the Falcons (0-3), completed only 4 of 11 passes for 36 yards. Palmer completed 8 of 13 passes for 86 yards and a touchdown.

Stanton, who beat out Blaine Gabbert to be Arizona's backup, completed 4 of 6 passes for 53 yards and a touchdown.

TICKET COUNT

There were 70,237 tickets distributed. The capacity for the new stadium is 71,000. It appeared at least one-third of the seats were empty.

NEW DIGS

The stadium impressed in its much-anticipated debut.

"So far I love it," Atlanta-area resident Brandon Denton said, adding he's attended games at San Francisco and Dallas.

"This one is holding up and actually exceeding the expectations of what I was wanting to see here," he said.

RIGHT GUARD BATTLE CONTINUES

The Falcons' competition between Wes Schweitzer and Ben Garland for the starting job at right guard is not settled. Schweitzer started but shared time with Garland.

"Next week it might be different," Quinn said, adding he expects the battle to continue through the preseason. "We're going to take this all the way," he said.

INJURY UPDATE

Cardinals: Backup DT Olsen Pierre suffered a concussion. ... OT Ulrick John walked off the field with an ankle injury.

Falcons: Rookie RB Brian Hill, competing with Terron Ward for a backup spot, left in the third quarter with an ankle injury. Backup OT Kevin Graf also suffered an ankle injury and LB LaRoy Reynolds suffered a shoulder injury. ... RB Devonta Freeman (concussion protocol) did not play. He was on the field but not in uniform for pregame drills.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Cardinals Falcons
No scoring this quarter.

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Cardinals Falcons
14:54 John Brown 28 yd pass from Carson Palmer (Phil Dawson kick) 7 0
09:12 Phil Dawson 54 yd FG 10 0
08:57 John Brown 21 yd pass from Drew Stanton (Phil Dawson kick) 17 0
00:17 Matt Bryant 20 yd FG 17 3

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Cardinals Falcons
07:21 Mike Meyer 28 yd FG 17 6

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Cardinals Falcons
06:58 James Summers 5 yd run (Matt Wile kick) 24 6
03:23 Josh Magee 57 yd pass from Matt Simms (Deante Burton 2pt Pass from Matt Simms) 24 14

Team Stats
  Arizona Atlanta
1st Downs 18 13
Total Yards 292 237
Passing 209 166
Passing Completions/Attempts 18-30 17-30
Yards/Pass 6.5 4.9
Rushing 83 71
Rushing Attempts 31 25
Yards/Rush 2.7 2.8
Turnovers 3 2
Fumbles Lost 3 1
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Possession 29:58 30:02

Arizona Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Carson Palmer 8 13 86 6.6 1 0
Blaine Gabbert 6 9 84 9.3 0 0
Drew Stanton 4 6 53 8.8 1 0
Trevor Knight 0 2 0 0.0 0 0

Atlanta Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Matt Simms 8 13 117 9.0 1 0
Matt Ryan 4 11 36 3.3 0 1
Matt Schaub 5 6 25 4.2 0 0

Arizona Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
James Summers 10 40 4.0 1 10
Chris Johnson 6 31 5.2 0 10
Elijhaa Penny 6 9 1.5 0 11
Blaine Gabbert 2 9 4.5 0 10
Andre Ellington 4 3 0.8 0 7
Trevor Knight 3 -9 -3.0 0 -3

Atlanta Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Terron Ward 10 28 2.8 0 9
Tevin Coleman 3 19 6.3 0 10
Brian Hill 10 17 1.7 0 6
Kelvin Taylor 2 7 3.5 0 7

Arizona Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
John Brown 2 49 24.5 2 28
Carlton Agudosi 1 26 26.0 0 26
Brittan Golden 3 25 8.3 0 13
Ifeanyi Momah 1 16 16.0 0 16
Jeremy Ross 1 16 16.0 0 16
Jermaine Gresham 1 15 15.0 0 15
Aaron Dobson 1 13 13.0 0 13
J.J. Nelson 1 13 13.0 0 13
Jaron Brown 2 9 4.5 0 5
Ricky Seals-Jones 1 9 9.0 0 9
Chad Williams 1 9 9.0 0 9
David Johnson 1 8 8.0 0 8
James Summers 1 8 8.0 0 8
Andre Ellington 1 7 7.0 0 7

Atlanta Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Josh Magee 1 57 57.0 1 57
Terron Ward 4 24 6.0 0 8
Deante Burton 1 20 20.0 0 20
Eric Saubert 2 18 9.0 0 12
Tevin Coleman 1 14 14.0 0 14
Marvin Hall 1 12 12.0 0 12
Reggie Davis 2 10 5.0 0 5
Mohamed Sanu 1 10 10.0 0 10
Anthony Dable 1 8 8.0 0 8
Brian Hill 1 4 4.0 0 4
Nick Williams 2 1 0.5 0 4

Arizona Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Cap Capi 6 1 1.5 7
Rodney Gunter 4 1 0 0
Kareem Martin 3 1 0 0
Philip Wheeler 3 0 0 0
Tyvon Branch 2 1 0 0
Josh Bynes 2 0 0 0
Karlos Dansby 2 0 0 0
Tyrann Mathieu 2 0 0 0
David Moala 2 0 0 0
Tramon Williams 2 0 0 0
Scooby Wright III 2 0 0 0
Alex Bazzie 1 0 1 3
Markus Golden 1 0 1 0
Xavier Williams 1 1 0.5 2
Budda Baker 1 0 0 0
Jarell Carter 1 0 0 0
Ironhead Gallon 1 0 0 0
Chandler Jones 1 0 0 0
Ryan Lewis 1 0 0 0
Haason Reddick 1 0 0 0
Sojourn Shelton 1 0 0 0
Pasoni Tasini 1 0 0 0
Brandon Williams 1 0 0 0
Aaron Dobson 0 0 0 0
Chris Johnson 0 0 0 0
Harlan Miller 0 0 0 0
Patrick Peterson 0 0 0 0
Ricky Seals-Jones 0 0 0 0
James Summers 0 0 0 0

Atlanta Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Jack Crawford 3 1 1 6
Robert Alford 3 0 0 0
Jermaine Grace 3 2 0 0
Deion Jones 3 2 0 0
Josh Keyes 3 2 0 0
Keanu Neal 3 0 0 0
Chris Odom 3 1 0 0
Marcelis Branch 2 0 0 0
C.J. Goodwin 2 0 0 0
Deji Olatoye 2 0 0 0
Derrick Shelby 1 0 1 8
Adrian Clayborn 1 0 0 0
Jalen Collins 1 1 0 0
JT Jones 1 0 0 0
Akeem King 1 0 0 0
Takkarist McKinley 1 1 0 0
Sharrod Neasman 1 0 0 0
Brian Poole 1 0 0 0
Brooks Reed 1 0 0 0
Duke Riley 1 1 0 0
Desmond Trufant 1 0 0 0
Ricardo Allen 0 0 0 0
Derrick Coleman 0 0 0 0
Kevin Graf 0 0 0 0
Ra'Shede Hageman 0 1 0 0
Marvin Hall 0 0 0 0
Kemal Ishmael 0 1 0 0
Grady Jarrett 0 1 0 0
Jarnor Jones 0 0 0 0
Jack Lynn 0 1 0 0
Alex Mack 0 0 0 0
Mike Meyer 0 0 0 0
Terron Ward 0 0 0 0

Arizona Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Tyrann Mathieu 1 0 0

Atlanta Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

Arizona Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Jeremy Ross 2 50 25.0 0 32
James Summers 1 19 19.0 0 19
Ifeanyi Momah 1 10 10.0 0 10

Atlanta Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Reggie Davis 1 20 20.0 0 20

Arizona Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Jeremy Ross 4 13 3.2 0 6

Atlanta Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Marvin Hall 1 7 7.0 0 7
Andre Roberts 1 0 0.0 0 0

Arizona Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Phil Dawson 1 1 100.0 54

Atlanta Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Matt Bryant 1 1 100.0 20
Mike Meyer 1 1 100.0 28

Arizona Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Richie Leone 2 102 55
Matt Wile 2 85 49

Atlanta Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Matt Bosher 6 280 62