Final

Falcons 13

(0-2, 0-1 away)

Jaguars 15

(1-1, 1-0 home)

Coverage: FOX

8:00 PM ET, August 19, 2011

EverBank Field, Jacksonville, FL 

1 2 3 4 T
ATL 3 7 3 013
JAX 0 3 6 615

David Garrard and Blaine Gabbert both struggle but Jaguars win

Associated Press

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- David Garrard threw an interception. Blaine Gabbert misfired several times.

Neither did much to alter Jacksonville's quarterback competition Friday night against Atlanta. Garrard didn't solidify his starting spot and Gabbert didn't close the gap.

Third-stringer Luke McCown was better than both, completing a 12-yard pass to Armon Binns in the fourth quarter to give the Jaguars a 15-13 victory against the Falcons in an exhibition game.

"I thought I played a little up and down," Gabbert said. "There's definitely things I can improve on. ... Missed a few throws, but you're going to miss a few throws. You can't be perfect on every snap."

Garrard completed 7 of 12 passes for 99 yards, with an interception in three series. Gabbert, the 10th pick in the April draft, went 11 of 23 for 96 yards in seven series. Gabbert was plagued by several drops, including three on one second-half series that forced the Jaguars to settle for a 54-yard field goal.

Matt Ryan's receiving corps had similar issues, but Harry Douglas turned a short crossing route into a 76-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Ryan finished 7 of 15 for 116 yards.

"I thought we did some good things, but we also made some mistakes," Ryan said. "There are a lot of things to improve on. I don't think our execution was up to our standards that we set for ourselves, but that's why you have a preseason."

Ryan played the entire first half as Atlanta built a 10-3 lead. Michael Turner ran seven times for 14 yards, and Roddy White had a 13-yard reception. Douglas caught two passes for 87 yards.

But the Falcons failed to hold onto an early lead for the second consecutive week.

"We're coming up a little short, obviously, these last two weeks," tight end Tony Gonzalez said. "I don't care what anybody says about preseason. You still want to win the game."

Jacksonville's first two drives ended with turnovers. Garrard, who missed last week's preseason opener because of a sore back, badly overthrew Mike Thomas deep. Cornerback Brent Grimes was the only one in the vicinity. He picked it off in the end zone and returned it 62 yards, setting up Matt Bryant's 34-yard field goal.

On Jacksonville's next possession, rookie Cecil Shorts bobbled a handoff from Garrard on an end around and gave the Falcons the ball in great field position.

"We can't continue to shoot ourselves," Garrard said.

Ryan couldn't capitalize on the second turnover, though. Jeremy Mincey pressured Ryan into intentional grounding on third down, essentially ending the drive.

Mincey, still dealing with the death of a childhood friend, posed all sorts of problems for the Falcons.

"When he's on his keys and knows what he is doing, he's unblockable," teammate Aaron Kampman said. "I think he's going to have a great year."

Ryan had Mincey in his face on several plays. He looked much better when he got time and found Douglas across the middle. Douglas beat Jacksonville's new nickel back, Drew Coleman, and outran several defenders to the end zone.

It was Atlanta's play of the night.

McCown provided Jacksonville's top highlight. McCown connected with Binns in the corner of the end zone with 6:19 remaining. That put the Jaguars ahead 15-13. McCown missed a wide-open receiver on the two-point conversion, silencing any talk about him getting into the quarterback competition.

That's for Garrard and Gabbert to decide, and it could come down to the final two preseason games.

Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson, who played against Garrard the last six years as a member of the Houston Texas, offered his opinion on the battle.

"Garrard does what he does and that's to manage football games," Robinson said. "He lets the plays come to him. He plays within the system and is a very good field manager. Gabbert can make every single throw. His future is very bright. I think he's going to be a very good quarterback in this league."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ATL
JAX
1st Downs1120
Passing 1st downs
713
Rushing 1st downs
37
1st downs from Penalties
10
3rd down efficiency
3-128-17
4th down efficiency
0-00-0
Total Plays4973
Total Yards264316
Yards per play5.44.3
Total Drives1112
Passing192261
Comp - Att
17-2926-44
Yards per pass
6.65.9
Interceptions thrown
01
Sacks - Yards Lost
0-03-20
Rushing7255
Rushing Attempts
2026
Yards per rush
3.62.1
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-11-3
Penalties6-544-29
Turnovers12
Fumbles lost
11
Interceptions thrown
01
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession27:2532:35

Passing Leaders

ATLC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Ryan7/151167.7100-0
Redman10/14765.4000-0
JAXC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Garrard7/12998.3011-1
Gabbert11/23964.2002-19

Rushing Leaders

ATLCARYDSAVGTDLG
Rodgers7395.6011
Turner7142.009
JAXCARYDSAVGTDLG
Harris6325.3016
Owens2126.009

Receiving Leaders

ATLRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Douglas28743.51766
Jones23015.00193
JAXRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Shorts III55210.40166
Thomas23115.50245

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERATLJAX
atlFG08:09Matt Bryant 40 Yd 30
SECOND QUARTERATLJAX
jaxFG14:24Josh Scobee 26 Yd 33
atlTD08:43Harry Douglas 76 Yd Pass From Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant Kick) 103
THIRD QUARTERATLJAX
atlFG08:01Matt Bryant 34 Yd 133
jaxFG05:38Josh Scobee 54 Yd 136
jaxFG04:12Josh Scobee 28 Yd 139
FOURTH QUARTERATLJAX
jaxTD06:19Armon Binns 12 Yd Pass From Luke McCown (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed) 1315