- The NFL Returns to London on Sunday When the Atlanta Falcons Play the Jets
- The Falcons took to the lead in the first quarter and never looked back after winning 27-20
- Kyle Pitts Had an Impressive Afternoon, Scoring His First NFL Touchdown
- Matt Ryan threw an impressive 342 yards to help secure his second win
A flyover that stunned half of Essex, a US national anthem rising 50 meters high and an uncensored half-time show aired on Sunday afternoon.
The NFL is back in London.
The Atlanta Falcons took off in the lead in the first quarter and never looked back. Kyle Pitts had plenty of days to score his first touchdown, with quarterback Matt Ryan throwing for 342 yards in a 27–20 victory.
The Atlanta Falcons flew into a first-quarter lead on Sunday and never looked back
2 pick of May’s draft, threw another interception – his ninth in five games – as the New Jets failed to build on a comeback win over Tennessee.
The half-time stats were damning—Atlanta had a total of 251 yards for the Jets’ 80 and 17 first downs for the Jets’ five. But on the final whistle, the only statistic that matters is victory.
Ahead of the first game outside the US since 2019, the Haringee Council posted a tweet warning residents about the noise from the four-plane F-15 flyover. Good Folk Colchester wondered whether world war had been declared.
Pizza continued inside the stadium. Marisha Wallace sang the Star Spangled Banner in front of the Golden Cockerel at the top of the nearly 46.8 meter high South Stand.
Atlanta Falcons’ Kyle Pitts (right) had a long day scoring his first touchdown (above)
Quarterback Matt Ryan (above) also threw a 342-yard pass in his 27-20 win on Sunday
Still the racket could not wake the jets. They’ve each been terrible in the first quarter – they go scoreless and beat opponents by a combined score of 0-30.
The opening campaign at Atlanta saw Ryan tear apart the Jets’ secondary before stopping in the red zone. As Son Heung-min will testify, the South Koreans have a knack for scoring here, and Yangho Koo’s field goal put the Falcons on board.
Arthur Smith leaned on his tight end, Pitts and Hayden Hurst, despite missing his top two receivers – Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage.
The strategy was a success. Ryan was 18-27 for 189 yards and two touchdowns in the first half.
The first 10-play came after a 92-yard drive, with Ryan throwing a two-yard touchdown pass to the Pitts in the back corner of the end zone. He had little trouble reeling in the first touchdown of his career against 6 feet 4 inches, 20 stone defensive lineman John Franklin-Meyers.
Zach Wilson (above), the No. 2 pick of May’s draft, threw another interception – his ninth in five games – as the New Jets failed to build on a comeback win over Tennessee
The half-time stats were damning—Atlanta had a total of 251 yards for the Jets’ 80 and 17 first downs for the Jets’ five. But on the final whistle, the only stat that matters is the win.
Robert Saleh talked about Wilson in the week that he needs to do boring plays. But his unforgivably poor pass was stopped by Jaylyn Hawkins to burn up in time.
Atlanta counted it with another long touchdown drive. 4 overall pick in May’s draft, showed all his finesse, grabbing one hand with his right paw.
And when Hayden Hearst swung 17-yards past Ryan, the Falcons looked home and closed.
According to ESPN, after another Koo Field goal, Atlanta took a 20-3 lead in the half, a 93.1 win percentage.
But nothing with this team. The last time they played in England, the Falcons took a 21–0 lead at half-time and lost 22–21 to Detroit.
Robert Saleh spoke out earlier in the week about Wilson needing to pretend he’s boring
The Jets duly reduced the balance courtesy of Ty Johnson’s two-yard touchdown run – Matt Ammendola missing the PAT straight off the left.
It looked as though New York had any chance of a comeback after failing to make the most of Mike Davis’ thunder near the red zone, Shaq Lawson recovered.
But on his next possession he made it a three-figure game. Jamieson Crowder succeeded with a two-point conversion, bundling Michael Carter from two yards.
But on the following drive, Atlanta put the game to bed with a three-yard rushing touchdown from Davis. The Jets’ final drive ended with Amendola’s 49-yard field goal, and a long flight home awaits.