Atlanta Falcons vs. New York Jets

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Game Information
Location: MetLife Stadium East Rutherford, New Jersey
Attendance: 74,123

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Sam Darnold jogged onto the field for his NFL debut and was greeted by butterflies in his stomach and cheers in the stands.

The anxiety quickly faded. The buzz only got louder.

Darnold sparkled in his NFL debut and made a strong initial case to win the Jets' starting quarterback job as he helped lead New York to a 17-0 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Friday night.

"I was a little nervous going out there," Darnold said, "but I think more just excited to finally be able to play in an NFL game, even though it is preseason."

Darnold, the No. 3 overall draft pick in April, was the Jets' third quarterback of the game, following Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater. The former USC star received a standing ovation as he jogged onto the field at MetLife Stadium with 8:41 to go in the first half.

"Yeah, it was pretty cool just to get that response from the crowd," Darnold said with a big grin. "Even when I was on the sideline, I had fans later in the fourth quarter yell, `Great game, Sam!"'

Darnold's first series ended in a punt and his non-throwing left hand was checked out by trainers on the sideline after it was stepped on. But he was fine and wore a glove in the second half.

He got the crowd on its feet again just before halftime, throwing a 14-yard touchdown pass to Charles Johnson that gave New York a 17-0 lead.

The 21-year-old Darnold showed the poise of a veteran on the drive while completing six straight passes to get to the Falcons 3. He would've had a seventh consecutive completion, but his throw into the end zone was dropped by Johnson. Darnold went right back to Johnson on his next pass and the receiver caught a 4-yard TD toss - but was called for offensive pass interference.

On third-and-14, Darnold again threw to Johnson while rolling to his right and zipping in a pass for the score.

"My first scoring drive of my whole career was a two-minute drive going down the field," Darnold said. "It was awesome. To get the penalty and be pushed back and for our whole offense to respond to adversity like that, it was awesome to see."

Darnold, who finished 13 of 18 for 96 yards, sat out the first three days of training camp before his representatives and the Jets agreed on a fully guaranteed four-year, $30.25 million deal that included a $20 million signing bonus. He quickly made up for the missed time, and is being given every opportunity to win the starting job.

"I'm not going to jump to any conclusions after one game," coach Todd Bowles said.

McCown is the incumbent and started the game, but played just one series. The 39-year-old veteran completed his only throw, a 4-yard toss to Neal Sterling.

TEDDY'S NIGHT

Bridgewater came out with the starting offense for the Jets' second possession and led New York down the field on a scoring drive, capped by Isaiah Crowell's 16-yard catch-and-run to the end zone.

Crowell, in his first game with the Jets after four seasons in Cleveland, was evaluated for a head injury after taking a few hard hits on the play. He didn't return.

Bridgewater, who suffered a serious knee injury in practice while with Minnesota nearly two years ago, converted a third-and-11 with an 8-yard pass to Robby Anderson - while also taking a hard hit bouncing back up. On fourth-and-3 from the Falcons 40, Bridgewater connected with Jermaine Kearse for a 6-yard gain and a first down to keep the drive alive.

Playing with the backup offensive line on his second series, Bridgewater led New York on another scoring drive capped by Taylor Bertolet's 45-yard field goal.

"Overall, it was a great day," said Bridgewater, who finished 7 of 8 for 85 yards. "It was good to be back out there with the guys, flying around and scoring touchdowns and winning football games."

SHORT STINT

Matt Ryan played the first series for the Falcons, and completed his only attempt to rookie Calvin Ridley for a 2-yard loss.

He was replaced by veteran Matt Schaub, who went 9 of 9 for 54 yards while playing the rest of the first half.

SLUGGISH

Atlanta got its initial first down of the game with 10 seconds left in the first half on Schaub's 10-yard pass to Eric Saubert.

The Falcons, who finished with 11 first downs, were also called for 10 penalties resulting in 71 yards lost.

"I thought penalties in this game cost us," coach Dan Quinn said. "It created some difficult field positions to convert, so we didn't get the looks that we wanted to. That part of our game we certainly need to clean up."

NATIONAL ANTHEM

Players from both teams stood during the anthem, with no demonstrations. The Jets linked arms on the sideline, including owner Christopher Johnson, as they did last season.

SITTING OUT

Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones and running back Devonta Freeman did not play, despite being healthy. Kicker Matt Bryant and offensive tackle Ty Sambrailo had previously been scratched.

Several Jets didn't play, including rookie tight end Chris Herndon, who Bowles said was banged up in practice and got the night off. Also out because of injuries were: left tackle Kelvin Beachum, linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin, defensive tackle Deon Simon, rookie cornerback Parry Nickerson, and running back Eli McGuire.

STILL NOTHING

Atlanta tried to stop the shutout in the closing seconds, but David Marvin was short on a 42-yard field-goal attempt as time expired.

INJURIES

Sterling left in the third quarter with an ankle injury and didn't return. ... Jets cornerback Buster Skrine left after injuring his shoulder in the first quarter. ... Falcons backup guard Jamil Douglas left with a finger injury.

NEXT UP

Falcons: home vs. Kansas City on Aug. 17.

Jets: at Washington on Aug. 16.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Falcons Jets
04:38 Isaiah Crowell 16 yd pass from Teddy Bridgewater (Taylor Bertolet kick) 0 7

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Falcons Jets
10:44 Taylor Bertolet 45 yd FG 0 10
00:46 Charles Johnson 14 yd pass from Sam Darnold (Taylor Bertolet kick) 0 17

Team Stats
  Atlanta New York
1st Downs 11 15
Total Yards 254 253
Passing 205 178
Passing Completions/Attempts 22-37 21-27
Yards/Pass 5.1 6.4
Rushing 49 75
Rushing Attempts 22 32
Yards/Rush 2.2 2.3
Turnovers 1 1
Fumbles Lost 0 1
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Possession 28:50 31:10

Atlanta Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Kurt Benkert 9 17 125 7.3 0 1
Matt Schaub 9 9 54 6.0 0 0
Garrett Grayson 3 10 38 3.8 0 0
Matt Ryan 1 1 -2 -2.0 0 0

New York Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Sam Darnold 13 18 96 5.3 1 0
Teddy Bridgewater 7 8 85 10.6 1 0
Josh McCown 1 1 4 4.0 0 0

Atlanta Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Malik Williams 6 19 3.2 0 9
Kurt Benkert 2 11 5.5 0 8
Tevin Coleman 3 8 2.7 0 6
Garrett Grayson 1 6 6.0 0 6
Justin Crawford 5 3 0.6 0 8
Terrence Magee 2 3 1.5 0 4
Ito Smith 2 0 0.0 0 0
Matt Schaub 1 -1 -1.0 0 -1

New York Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Trenton Cannon 11 40 3.6 0 11
George Atkinson III 9 12 1.3 0 10
Sam Darnold 2 8 4.0 0 5
Isaiah Crowell 2 6 3.0 0 3
Bilal Powell 6 5 0.8 0 5
Teddy Bridgewater 1 3 3.0 0 3
Josh McCown 1 1 1.0 0 1

Atlanta Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Devin Gray 4 83 20.8 0 30
Dontez Byrd 2 35 17.5 0 27
Justin Crawford 4 29 7.2 0 15
Malik Williams 3 19 6.3 0 8
Eric Saubert 2 15 7.5 0 10
Justin Hardy 1 11 11.0 0 11
Logan Paulsen 1 9 9.0 0 9
Marvin Hall 1 8 8.0 0 8
Austin Hooper 1 5 5.0 0 5
Reggie Davis 1 5 5.0 0 5
Calvin Ridley 1 -2 -2.0 0 -2
Ito Smith 1 -2 -2.0 0 -2

New York Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Charles Johnson 3 45 15.0 1 23
Neal Sterling 4 38 9.5 0 21
Clive Walford 2 27 13.5 0 18
Tre McBride 2 16 8.0 0 8
Isaiah Crowell 1 16 16.0 1 16
Andre Roberts 1 13 13.0 0 13
Robby Anderson 1 8 8.0 0 8
Bilal Powell 1 7 7.0 0 7
Jermaine Kearse 1 6 6.0 0 6
Trenton Cannon 3 5 1.7 0 4
Dimitri Flowers 1 3 3.0 0 3
George Atkinson III 1 1 1.0 0 1

Atlanta Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Damontae Kazee 9 2 0 0
Jonathan Celestin 3 0 1 7
Justin Bethel 2 0 0 0
Jon Cunningham 2 1 0 0
Tyson Graham 2 1 0 0
Deion Jones 2 0 0 0
Isaiah Oliver 2 0 0 0
Foyesade Oluokun 2 1 0 0
Deadrin Senat 2 0 0 0
Justin Zimmer 2 1 0 0
Deante Burton 1 1 0 0
Richard Jarvis 1 2 0 0
JT Jones 1 0 0 0
Leon McFadden 1 0 0 0
Takkarist McKinley 1 0 0 0
Ron Parker 1 2 0 0
Brooks Reed 1 0 0 0
Duke Riley 1 2 0 0
Derrick Shelby 1 0 0 0
Emmanuel Smith 1 1 0 0
Jacob Tuioti-Mariner 1 0 0 0
Anthony Winbush 1 0 0 0
Blidi Wreh-Wilson 1 0 0 0
Marcelis Branch 0 2 0 0
Secdrick Cooper 0 1 0 0
Justin Crawford 0 0 0 0
Emmanuel Ellerbee 0 2 0 0
Marvin Hall 0 0 0 0
J.C. Hassenauer 0 0 0 0
Luke McNitt 0 0 0 0
Eric Saubert 0 0 0 0

New York Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
J.J. Wilcox 5 1 0 0
Neville Hewitt 4 4 0 0
Josh Martin 3 0 0 0
Rashard Robinson 3 0 0 0
Dylan Donahue 2 1 1 3
Terrence Brooks 2 2 0 0
Brandon Bryant 2 0 0 0
Xavier Coleman 2 1 0 0
Obum Gwacham 2 0 0 0
Nathan Shepherd 2 0 0 0
Terrell Sinkfield 2 0 0 0
Folorunso Fatukasi 1 1 1 4
Mike Pennel 1 0 1 3
Jordan Jenkins 1 0 0 0
Trumaine Johnson 1 0 0 0
Derrick Jones 1 0 0 0
Darron Lee 1 0 0 0
Doug Middleton 1 0 0 0
Kevin Minter 1 0 0 0
Darryl Roberts 1 0 0 0
Buster Skrine 1 0 0 0
Anthony Wint 1 1 0 0
Jamal Adams 0 1 0 0
George Atkinson III 0 0 0 0
Xavier Cooper 0 0 0 0
Frankie Luvu 0 1 0 0
Lawrence Thomas 0 0 0 0
Avery Williamson 0 1 0 0

Atlanta Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

New York Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Neville Hewitt 1 3 0

Atlanta Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Marvin Hall 2 39 19.5 0 21
Ito Smith 1 25 25.0 0 25

New York Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Trenton Cannon 1 26 26.0 0 26

Atlanta Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Marvin Hall 1 8 8.0 0 8
Isaiah Oliver 2 4 2.0 0 4

New York Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Trenton Cannon 3 10 3.3 0 10
Andre Roberts 1 10 10.0 0 10

Atlanta Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
David Marvin 0 1 0.0

New York Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Taylor Bertolet 1 1 100.0 45

Atlanta Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Matt Bosher 6 267 49

New York Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Lachlan Edwards 6 264 48