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Jags win preseason finale over Falcons 13-9

Most of the big name Jags and Falcons stood on the sideline during the last preseason game on Thursday night, and in the end the Jags walked away with a 13-9 victory.

Fullback Brock Bolen scored on a 16-yard run, Josh Scobee kicked two field goals and the Jaguars took home the four-point win.

The Falcons converted just 1 of its first 9 third-down plays. The Jaguars had a measly 100 yards in the first half. Chris Redman started in place of Matt Ryan and was 15 of 22 passes for 142 yards in the first half. Jerious Norwood ran four times for 31 yards.

Luke McCown started at QB for the Jags for David Garrard and completed 5 of 12 passes for 39 yards in the first half. His numbers would have been better if Tiquan Underwood, battling veteran Troy Williamson for the team’s final receiver spot, had not dropped two passes.

The Falcons (2-2) played without their entire starting offense and without seven defensive starters. Ryan, running back Michael Turner, receiver Roddy White and tight end Tony Gonzalez got the night off. So did defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux(notes), defensive end John Abraham, linebacker Mike Peterson and cornerback Dunta Robinson.

The Jaguars (2-2) played without Garrard, running Maurice Jones-Drew and receiver Mike Sims-Walker. Most of Jacksonville’s starting defense, except for cornerback Derek Cox also sat out.

“We had a couple of starters play,” Del Rio said. “We have to toughen them up and get a little more work in. We played our first team offensive line. I thought they needed that offensively. We just want to be sharp with all of the work we’re getting.”

Jones-Drew has missed five consecutive practices and didn’t travel for last week’s game at Tampa Bay. He denied an Internet report he had arthroscopic knee surgery, but acknowledged Thursday night he has been “taking care of all the nicks and bruises.”

“I wanted to be out there with my teammates, but we felt the best thing for me was rest and rehab and getting my body back right …” Jones-Drew said. “I feel great. I can’t wait to get out there and play Denver. They are the first hurdle in our road to success and I can’t wait to get out there.”

“There have been some false reports out there about what happened, which is fine,” Jones-Drew said. “People are going to speculate, but that is not going to hurt anything that happens with this team. More than anything else guys understand. They want me back, I want to be back, and I will be back on Monday doing everything I need to do to get ready to beat Denver.”

Atlanta moved the ball more effectively than Jacksonville, but Antone Smith’s fumble in the second quarter was costly. Smith broke through the line and gained 10 yards before safety Courtney Greene knocked the ball loose. Greene recovered, and the Jaguars scored the game’s lone touchdown four plays later.

McCown hooked up with Bolen for a short gain, then Bolen weaved his way through several defenders for a 16-yard score— his third of the preseason.


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