ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 15: Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons runs for yards after the catch against the Jacksonville Jaguars at the Georgia Dome on December 15, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Jaguars Vs. Falcons: Jacksonville Blown Out By Atlanta On Thursday Night Football

The Jaguars were never in it on Thursday Night Football, as Atlanta rolled to a 41-14 win at the Georgia Dome.

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Maurice Jones-Drew Week 15 Fantasy Update: Jaguars Running Back Has Productive Night In Blowout Loss To Atlanta

The NFL's leading rusher was coming off a career day on the field and for his fantasy owners, scoring four touchdowns against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Sunday. He did not have the same success finding the end zone in Jacksonville's blowout loss on Thursday, but Maurice Jones-Drew still had a very productive night. Once again, he was the lone bright spot in an anemic offensive performance from the Jaguars.

Jones-Drew finished with 112 yards on just 17 carries, breaking a 43 yarder in the first half that was one of Jacksonville's few positive offensive plays. In the air, MJD caught three balls for 30 yards receiving. At the end of the first half, it appeared Jones-Drew had injured his ankle as he limped off the field and headed to the locker room early for treatment. To the delight of his fantasy owners everywhere, he would return in the second half with his ankle heavily taped and finish off another productive night.

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Jaguars Vs. Falcons: Jacksonville Blown Out By Atlanta On Thursday Night Football

The Jacksonville Jaguars entered Thursday night's game on short rest but with momentum after a blowing out the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. On Thursday, however, it was the Jags that were on the other end of the blowout. The Falcons capitalized on Jacksonville turnovers to put together big second and third quarters on the road to a 41-14 win.

The Jaguars scored the final two touchdowns of the night, but the Falcons win was never in doubt by the end of the second quarter. Jacksonville ended the shutout when Zach Potter scooped up a blocked punt and took it 46 yards for their first touchdown of the game. Blaine Gabbert, who struggled mightily for much of the game, would add a 16 yard touchdown pass to Chastin West in garbage time to make it 41-14.

The Falcons, on the other hand, built their lead to 41-0 behind the stellar play of Matt Ryan, Michael Turner, and a Falcon defensive line that pressured Gabbert and forced turnovers all night. John Abraham alone had 3.5 sacks and forced two fumbles, with one returned by Corey Peters for Atlanta's opening second half touchdown. Matt Ryan finished with 224 yards passing and three touchdowns, ending his night early in the third quarter with a 41 point lead.

The Jaguars now have a long week off to lick their wounds, and will go on the road to face the Tennessee Titans on Christmas Eve.

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Jaguars Vs. Falcons Score Update: Jacksonville Returns Blocked Punt To End Shutout, Trails 41-7 After Three Quarters

The Jacksonville Jaguars finally got on the board Thursday night, when their special teams blocked an Atlanta punt and returned it 46 yards for the score. It ended the shutout, but the score is still far from respectable, as Atlanta now leads 41-7.

Zach Potter was the Jaguar who scooped up the bouncing ball with daylight, taking it down the field untouched for the score. With the offense struggling mightily behind Blaine Gabbert, it's the lone highlight in an abysmal night for the Jaguars. Video of the special teams touchdown below:

While the score may have cut into the Falcons lead, Atlanta is hardly concerned as backup quarterback Chris Redman has come in for starter Matt Ryan, who had 224 yards and three touchdowns in less than three quarters. Running back Michael Turner's night is likely over as well. It's 41-7 as they head to the final quarter.

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Jaguars Vs. Falcons Score Update: Atlanta Adds Two More Touchdowns, Leads 41-0 In Third Quarter

The Atlanta Falcons are crushing the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday Night Football, quickly adding to their 27 point halftime lead with a defensive touchdown on the Jags first possession. Corey Peters returned a Blaine Gabbert fumble 13 yards to make it an embarrassing 34-0 rout.

The Jags offense has been woeful all night and Gabbert has been under heavy pressure. John Abraham has wreaked the most havoc, and he was the Falcon who hit Gabbert and forced the fumble as the Jaguars rookie QB did little to protect the ball as the pressure came from his left side. It was Gabbert's second lost fumble of the night. Video of the play below:

Just six minutes later, Matt Ryan would hit his third touchdown of the evening to extend the lead to 41-0. Roddy White caught the 29 yard pass from Ryan, and scampered in for his second of the night. Ryan has 217 yards so far and has gashed the depleted Jacksonville secondary.

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Jaguars Vs. Falcons Score Update: Atlanta Dominating Jacksonville, Leads 27-0 After First Half

After forcing seven turnovers en route to a 41-14 win last Sunday, the Jacksonville Jaguars are quickly coming back down to earth Thursday night against an Atlanta Falcons team looking to stay in the Wild Card race. The Falcons dominated the Jaguars in the second quarter, building their lead to 27-0 after thirty minutes at the Georgia Dome.

Atlanta capitalized on Jacksonville turnovers in the second quarter, scoring ten points on Jaguar giveaways. Michael Turner took it in from five yards out just one play after Jarett Dillard fumbled a punt. Later in the second, Falcon quarterback Matt Ryan would hit Roddy White on an easy lob pass for his second touchdown pass of the evening. Both White and tight end Tony Gonzalez were open in the end zone, but it was White who snatched it from his teammate for the Falcons third touchdown of the night.

The Jaguars offense had little success in the first half, managing only three first downs compared to the Falcons 13. Blaine Gabbert completed only three passes and Maurice Jones-Drew, who broke off a 43 yard run for the Jags only big play, hobbled off the field before the end of the half. 

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Maurice Jones-Drew Injury: Jaguars Running Back Limps Off Field

The NFL's leading rusher appeared to injure an ankle at the end of the first half in the Jacksonville Jaguars Thursday night matchup against the Atlanta Falcons. As has been the case for much of the 2011 Jaguars season, Jones-Drew has been the lone bright spot on the offensive side of the ball for Jacksonville. But on their final possession of the first half, MJD was forced to the sideline, hobbling on what appeared to be a bum ankle after he was tackled on a short dump pass in the middle of the field.

Jones-Drew left the field early, heading to the locker room before the end of the half. He was walking under his own power, but did appear to be limping as he made his way in early for treatment. He had 8 carries for 74 yards in just the first half.

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Jaguars Vs. Falcons Score Update: Jacksonville Fumble Hands Atlanta 17-0 Lead On Thursday Night Football

Just minutes into the second quarter, the Atlanta Falcons have a 17-0 lead over the Jacksonsville Jaguars. The Falcons scored their second touchdown on just a one play drive that took four seconds off the clock. The play was set up by a Jacksonville special teams mistake. Jarrett Dillard fumbled an Atlanta's first punt of the night. The Falcons' Sean Witherspoon pounced on the bouncing ball at the five yard, and Turner would take it in just one play later.

After a 41 point week last Sunday, the Jags offense reverted back to it's typical 2011 form in the first quarter. The Jags were forced to punt on each of the first three possessions. Maurice Jones-Drew broke off a 43 yard run to move the ball into Atlanta territory on their third drive, but the possession would quickly stall there. The Falcons line has applied heavy pressure to Blaine Gabbert so far, in what could be a long night for the Jags and their rookie quarterback.

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Jaguars Vs. Falcons Score Update: Matt Ryan And Atlanta Offense Marches Down Field On Opening Drive, Lead 7-0

The Atlanta Falcons marched right down the field on their opening drive to take a 7-0 lead over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday Night Football. Electing to take the kick off, and with the Georgia Dome crowd in a frenzy, Matt Ryan led the Falcons on a seven play, 75 yard drive that took only four minutes. 

Julio Jones finished the drive an an easy pitch and catch from Ryan. Confusion in the depleted Jacksonville secondary left Jones wide open on a short crossing pattern in the middle of the field. Jones took the short pass, found a seam, and burst 29 yards straight into the end zone. The Jags second level presented little to no resistance as Jones walked in for the 7-0 lead.

The Atlanta offense was in high gear, with Michael Turner carrying the ball three times for 18 yards. He led it off with two quick powerful runs up the middle. Ryan took it from there, going four for four on the drive. It was an easy march for Atlanta and a discouraging start for the Jaguars defense.

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Jaguars vs. Falcons: Teams Announce Inactives

The Jaguars and Falcons have announced their inactives ahead of their matchup Thursday night.

For the Jaguars, quarterback Dan LeFevour, running back Deji Karim, cornerback Robert McClain, center John Estes, wide receiver Mike Thomas, wide receiver Cecil Shorts and defensive end Matt Roth are inactive. Chastin West will get the start at wide receiver and Leger Douzable will get the start at defensive end. Kicker Josh Scobee is active and will handle the kicking duties for Jacksonville. All this is according to the team's official Twitter feed

For Atlanta, quarterback John Parker Wilson, cornerback Brent Grimes, cornerback Kelvin Hayden, linebacker Spencer Adkins, center Brett Romberg, tackle Kirk Chambers and defensive end Cliff Matthews are inactive, all this from the team's official Twitter feed.

The game kicks off in Atlanta at 8:20 p.m. on the NFL Network.

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Jaguars Vs. Falcons: Time, TV Schedule, Radio Streaming And More

The Jacksonville Jaguars will head to Atlanta on Thursday night for a shot at the Playoff bound Falcons. They don't have a chance to make it into the Playoffs, but they can certainly affect the seeding if they can earn a win here. And what's more fun late in the season than playing spoiler on a team that's having more success than you?

This is a Thursday night kickoff, which means not everyone in the Country will be able to get it as part of their basic cable package. So if you need to make arrangements to head out to a bar to see the game, make sure you get on that now.

Game Time:

Thursday, Dec 15 at 8:20 pm

Location:

Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia

TV Schedule:

NFL Network

Radio Schedule:

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Atlanta Falcons Injury Report, Week 15: Falcons Could Be Without Two Corners

The Atlanta Falcons hit the practice field for the final time this week in preparation to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday Night Football on NFL Network. Like the Jaguars, the Falcons enter the match up on a short week banged up. Due to the short week, the Falcons may not be without defensive backs Brent Grimes (knee) and Kevlin Hayden (toe), who are both listed a doubtful on the injury report.

The Falcons also list three players, two of which are starters, as questionable for the game:

LB Stephen Nicholas (quad), DT Jonathan Babineaux (ankle), OT Will Svitek (groin)

The Falcons list six other players as probable for the match up with the Jaguars:

RB Michael Turner (groin), WR Harry Douglas (groin), K Matt Bryant (illness), WR Julio Jones (back), DE Ray Edwards (neck), CB Christopher Owens (hand)

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Jacksonville Jaguars Injury Report, Week 15: Jaguars Without Three Starters

The Jacksonville Jaguars hit the practice field for the final day of preparation to take on the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday Night Football on NFL Network. The Jaguars head into the game with a league leading 27 players placed on injured reserve. The team will also be without three key players that have been ruled out for the game. Starting wide receivers Mike Thomas (concussion) and Cecil Shorts III (hamstring) were ruled out, dealing with injuries. Defensive end Matt Roth is still out dealing with a concussion he suffered against the Cleveland Browns.

Outside of the three players ruled out for the game, the team also listed three other players as either probable or questionable:

K Josh Scobee (groin), OT Guy Whimper (thigh), S Dwight Lowery (shoulder)

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Mike Thomas Injury Update: Jaguars WR Out Vs. Falcons

The Jacksonville Jaguars will take on the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday Night Football on NFL Network, but they will be without starting wide receiver Mike Thomas. Thomas suffered a concussion early in last Sunday's victory over the Tampa Bay Bucanneers on a wide receiver screen play. Thomas left the game and did not return.

On a shortened week, Thomas missed both days of practice still dealing with the symptoms of the concussion. He was officially ruled out for the game today, which is no surprise given the NFL's focus put onto head injuries this season. It's likely that newly claimed wide receiver Taylor Price will fill in for Mike Thomas on Thursday Night, but rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert didn't seem to skip a beat when Thomas left the game.

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2011 NFL Odds Week 15: Jaguars Vs. Falcons

The Jacksonville Jaguars are a far cry from a Playoff contendor this year, but they can help affect the landscape of the NFC Playoffs this year when they face the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night. For a look at an odds perspective on this game, let's check out our partners at OddsShark.

The Jaguars and Falcons have played four times in their history and every game played UNDER the NFL betting total. So as Jacksonville visits Atlanta on the Week 15 odds menu, can bettors expect a low-scoring game? The Jags have struggled on the road, but have been a consistent UNDER bet (6 in a row).The Falcons meanwhile have played 10 UNDERs in their past 12 home games.

And here is a look at the compelte game odds via the SB Naiton Odds Page powered by OddsShark.

12/15/2011 Jacksonville 42½u-113 42½o-110 42½o-110 42½o-110
8:20 PM Atlanta -10½-106 -12½+110 -11-110 -11½-110

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Jaguars Vs. Falcons: Jacksonville Visits Surging Atlanta In Thursday Night Football Matchup

The Jags can play spoiler to the likely playoff-bound Falcons on Thursday.

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