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Falcons have a problem at place kicker

October 22, 2018 Atlanta: Atlanta Falcons replacement kicker Giorgio Tavecchio reacts to making his third fieldgoal of the game against the New York Giants during the fourth quarter during a 23-20 victory in a NFL football game on Monday, Oct 22, 2018, in Atlanta.   Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com
October 22, 2018 Atlanta: Atlanta Falcons replacement kicker Giorgio Tavecchio reacts to making his third fieldgoal of the game against the New York Giants during the fourth quarter during a 23-20 victory in a NFL football game on Monday, Oct 22, 2018, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

Credit: ccompton@ajc.com

Credit: ccompton@ajc.com

Falcons kicker Giorgio Tavecchio woefully missed a 52-yard field after the team’s opening drive stalled at the Jets’ 34-yard line on Thursday.

The Jets held a 6-0 lead after one quarter as the Falcons’ first-teamers had a less-than spectacular showing.

It was Tavecchio’s second miss of the exhibition season.

He also missed a 54-yard field goal attempt in the exhibition opener against the Broncos on Aug. 1.

Tavecchio is attempting to replace the dependable Matt Bryant.

Tavecchio made all five of his field-goal attempts in part-time duty with the Falcons last season, including 50 and 56-yarders in a 23-20 victory over the Giants. The 28-year-old is stumbling as he tries to replace Bryant, who had 250 field goals in 10 seasons with the Falcons.

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