ATLANTA — Rookie Julio Jones caught a 29-yard touchdown pass from Matt Ryan, Matt Bryant kicked a 33-yard field goal and the Atlanta Falcons led the Jacksonville Jaguars 10-0 through one quarter on Thursday night.
The Falcons, seeking their fourth victory in five games, took a 7-0 lead on their first drive when Ryan stepped up in the pocket and connected with Jones, the NFL's No. 6 overall draft pick, over the middle.
The speedster from Alabama did the rest, cutting up the field and splitting a couple of Jaguars defenders to get into the end zone for the early score.
Roddy White had four receptions for 39 yards in the opening quarter to become the first Falcons receiver with 1,000 yards receiving in five straight seasons and the eighth NFL player to have at least 80 catches and 1,000 yards receiving in five consecutive years.
Falcons coach Mike Smith was trying to help the team secure its fourth straight winning season despite spending time in a Charlotte hospital with an undisclosed illness following Atlanta's victory last Sunday at Carolina.
Jaguars rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert, the NFL's lowest rated passer, was sacked by John Abraham for a 10-yard loss on Jacksonville's first play from scrimmage. The Jaguars had 13 yards of net offense in the first quarter, compared to 118 for Atlanta.
Jacksonville, coming off a victory last week over Tampa Bay, was attempting to win consecutive games for the first time this season.