Jets fall to 0-3.
After the previous embarrassing defeat to the Sandwell Steelers the Jets looked to bounce back with a performance that showed they are truly improving, however a poor 4th quarter belies the progress shown.
A quick start by a Falcons team featuring a number of ex Jets saw them take a quick 7-0 lead as they drove down the field comfortably converting their first drive into a rushing touchdown. The Jets rallying around Dom Olney, returning after missing the Sandwell game saw them strike back with a deep 31 yard pass to WR Raj Dhesi for his second touchdown of the season. The Falcons were able to regain the lead as the quarter came to a close and the Jets came out firing, driving the full length of the field and toping the drive off with a 15 yard pass to Sam Hyde for the touchdown, the failed 2pt conversion leaving the score at 13-12.
At this point the Jets looked to be finding their feet against a Falcons side who clearly expected a walkover. A number of ill-disciplined Falcons penalties made moving the ball hard work, 2 turnovers also saw them leave the Jets in good field position. In the successive drives the Jets found themselves in the redzone only to turn the ball over when momentum looked to be on their side.
The last of these drives at the end of the 3rd quarter gave the ball to the Falcons on their own 1 yard line, a fantastic full field drive, capped of with a remarkable touchdown on 4th and 12 from the 30 saw Falcons fully establish their lead, the ensuing turnover on the next Jets play saw the Falcons with the ball on the 1 yard line which they converted straight away.
At 27-12 mid-way through the 4th and with a number of injuries the Jets gave rookies an opportunity as the Falcons looked to run the score up. The final touchdown coming with a sense of irony as former QB AJ Mepstead completed a nice touchdown pass to former Jets QB Joe Brammer to finish the game at 48-12.
The Jets look to next week against the Nottingham Caesers to try and improve on the tense game played out last month and return with a win.
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