An 85,716 strong crowd witnessed the Jacksonville Jaguars earn an emphatic win against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
The latest NFL London Games finally got underway on Sunday with the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Atlanta Falcons going head to head at Wembley Stadium in the heart of London. In the end, it was a stunning victory for the Jaguars who managed to secure an emphatic 23 – 7 win under the arch against the Falcons.
This was the Jacksonville Jaguars’ first win at Wembley since their 44 – 7 success against the Baltimore Ravens back on 24th September 2017. The Jaguar’s win also came 10 years after their first ever game in London back in 2013.
Ahead of this match, the Atlanta Falcons had got 2 wins from their opening 3 matches, with the Jaguars winning one and losing two. Starting with the Jaguars, they were 31 – 21 winners against the Indianapolis Colts on the opening day before losing 17 – 9 to the Kansas City Chiefs and 37 – 17 against the Houston Texans. They were looking to get back to winning ways against the Falcons on Sunday.
As for the Falcons, they opened their 2023/24 NFL season with a 24 – 10 win against the Carolina Panthers at their opening game at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium before following this up with another victory, this time beating the Green Bay Packers 25 – 24 in an intense game. They did lose their most recent match before their trip to London after being beaten 20 – 6 by the Detroit Lions.
Now we move onto the clash between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Atlanta Falcons who met at Wembley in the fourth round of the latest NFL season.
It was the Jaguars who got off to a tremendous start, leading by 17 – 0 at the break following two touchdowns from Calvin Ridley and Darious Williams. Williams had made an interception from a Desmond Ridder pass to score a second touchdown following Ridley’s opener.
The third quarter of the contest did see Wide Receiver Drake London score a touchdown for the Falcons to give them and their fans some hope of a dramatic comeback. Ridder further kept the game alive with another touchdown with only six minutes remaining.
Hopes of a comeback for the Falcons were dashed when Brandon McManus scored yet another field goal to make it 23 – 7 to the Jacksonville Jaguars. McManus scored three field goals overall on Sunday afternoon.
This result leaves the Jaguars sitting third in the AFC South, with the Falcons sitting second in the NFC South following this defeat.
On 8th October, the Jacksonville Jaguars will look to record another win when they face the Buffalo Bills at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this week. This will see them become the first NFL team to play back to back games overseas in the regular season.
The Baltimore Ravens and the Tennessee Titans will also be going head to head in North London on Sunday 15th October.
Jags Head Coach Doug Pederson was in a positive mood following the game, and reserved praise for one player in particular – Calvin Ridley (via Sky Sports): “I’m so proud of Calvin, what’s he’s been through in his life. He’s put a lot of things behind him. He’s focused on the future. Obviously his testimony, it’s one that can be spread to a lot of professional and younger-generation athletes. He’s doing things right. We love having him on the football team.”
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