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NY Jets 20, Atlanta Falcons 27: Zach Wilson struggles, Kyle Pitts goes off

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The New York Jets could not make it two in a row from London

  • New York Jets 20 (1-4)
  • Atlanta Falcons 27 (2-3)
  • NFL, Week 5, Final, Box Score
  • Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, England
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New York Jets, Atlanta Falcons, 2021, Week 5 Final, Jet X Graphic, Getty Images

A different kind of pub crawl, one set to climax with a comeback, fell just short for the New York Jets.

Matt Ryan threw for 342 yards and two scores while Kyle Pitts set an infantile career-best with 119 yards on nine receptions as the Atlanta Falcons escaped London with a 27-17 victory in London on Sunday morning.

The Jets were unable to start a winning streak after topping Tennessee last weekend after falling behind by three possessions in the early going.

Atlanta scored on each of its first three drives, with the touchdown treks totaling 169 yards.

Kyle Pitts finished off the first with a two-yard score, the first six-pointer of his NFL career, while Hayden Hurst added another one from 17. Younghoe Koo’s triple on the opening possession helped create the early three-possession lead.

The Falcons seemed poised to stretch the lead further, but C.J. Mosley forced a fumble from Hurst that was recovered by Michael Carter II.

New York thus embarked on a nearly-eight-minute drive that ate 74 yards on 16 plays and ended in a Matt Ammendola field goal.

Koo did manage to get one more before the half let out, dooming the Jets to a 20-3 halftime deficit.

The Jets opened the second half in the finest way possible: Tevin Coleman’s 73-yard return situated the Jets only 29 yards away from the end zone. Another running back hit paydirt seven plays later when Ty Johnson earned his first score of the year.

It was the first of two second-half rushing scores for the Jets, as Michael Carter put one in from the two after a costly pass interference penalty.

Wilson then found Jamison Crowder for two points on the latter, making up for a missed Ammendola extra point.

The Jets’ defense would handle business as they inched closer. Atlanta drove the cusp of the red zone on a 10-play, 68-yard drive, but Quincy Williams forced a Mike Davis fumble that was recovered by Shaq Lawson, keeping the Falcons’ tally at 20.

Williams had forced another fumble from Hurst earlier in the third quarter but the ball had bounced harmlessly out of bounds.

Alas for the Jets, the defense was unable to come up big one final time when the Falcons embarked on a 75-yard drive that sealed the deal, one that featured two crucial third-down conversions.

The first came near midfield, as Olamide Zaccheaus added two extra yards when he needed 13. Mike Davis would punch it in from three yards out to re-establish the multi-possession lead.

Each team now sets off on its post-London bye Week. The Jets (1-4) return to action on Oct. 24 when they battle the New England Patriots on the road (1 p.m. ET, CBS).

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags 

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