The Atlanta Falcons (7-7) were in a defensive battle to say the least against the New York Jets (7-7), and won a low scoring affair. Matt Ryan and the Falcons offense struggled most of the game, but they came through when they needed them most. With only minutes left, the Falcons offense had only 165 yards before Ryan led them on a 73-yard game-winning drive. It ended with Ryan hitting Tony Gonzalez for an 16-yard touchdown with only 1:38 to go. Ryan finished 152 yards and 1 touchdown on 16/32 passes. Running back Michael Turner tried to play through an ankle injury, but he hurt it again on only one carry and may be out next week.
The Falcons defense did give up a lot of yards, but they picked off Jets’ rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez three times. They gave up one big play to the rookie when he hit Braylon Edwards for a 65-yard touchdown and the Jets only score. The Falcons also did a decent job containing Jets’ running back Thomas Jones. Jones got 52 yards on 19 carries, but his backup Shonn Greene was successful getting 30 yards on 8 carries. This was a nice spoiler win for the Falcons who were already eliminated from the playoffs, while the Jets were still clinging to their playoff hopes.