Pass offense: Matt Ryan completed 32 of 45 passes for 384 yards and one touchdown. He threw two interceptions and finished with a passer rating of 85.8. Julio Jones caught 10 passes for 166 yards. Tight end Austin Hooper caught seven passes for 74 yards, and Freeman added nine catches for 74 yards and a touchdown reception. Five receivers caught passes, including fullback Keith Smith, who caught his first pass of the season. Grade: B
Run defense: De'Vondre Campbell continued his strong season, as he finished with nine tackles. The Jaguars rushed for 115 yards on 24 carries for a strong 4.8 yards per carry average. Leonard Fournette had 71 yards rushing on 15 carries. Quarterback Gardner Minshew scrambled seven times and picked up 36 yards rushing. The Falcons did a good job of gang-tackling Fournette. Grade: B
Keith Smith forced a fumble on the kickoff return. (Fox Sports screen grab from Gamepass.nfl.com)
Pass defense: The much-hyped Minshew was disappointing. He was held to 57 yards passing through three quarters. He did connect on a nice 42-yard touchdown pass to Chris Conley, who made a finger-tip grab. Minshew completed 13 of 31 passes for 181 yards and a touchdown. He finished with a passer rating on 72.1. Cornerbacks Isaiah Oliver (two) and Blidi Wreh-Wilson (two) had pass breakups. Also, linebacker Deion Jones had one pass breakup. The Falcons had three sacks and five quarterback hits. Grade: B
Vic Beasley, at left outside linebacker, did a stunt with defensive end Jack Crawford on his way to a sack Jacksonville quarterback Gardner Minshew on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019. (Fox Sports screen grab from Gamepass.NFL.Com)
Special teams: Returner Kenjon Barner bobbled a punt, and the Jags converted on a fake punt, when punter Logan Cooke completed a pass for 7 yards to pick up a first down. Kicker Younghoe Koo missed a 42-yard field-goal attempt that went wide left. Punter Ryan Allen placed two punts inside the 2-yard line that were downed by Hill. Also, Smith forced a fumble while in kickoff coverage that was recovered by Hill. Grade: C-plus
Coaching: The Falcons should have blown the Jaguars out of the stadium, but penalties kept killing promising drives. The Falcons finished with nine penalties for 64 yards. Grade: B
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