The teams took vastly different approaches to the game. The Jaguars played their offensive starters into the second quarter; the Falcons played just two regulars: linebacker Akeem Dent, a former Georgia standout, and defensive tackle Peria Jerry.
The results hardly showed that.
Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert and his fellow starters stayed in for 25 plays, but failed to score.
Backups Jalen Parmele and Elliott picked up the slack for Jacksonville.
Parmele ran six times for 56 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown to tie the game in the second quarter. Elliott caught two passes for 85 yards.
Gabbert completed 7 of 12 passes for 64 yards. Four of his five misses were poorly thrown balls.
Matt Ryan, Michael Turner, Roddy White, Julio Jones, Tony Gonzalez and Atlanta’s other stars stayed on the sideline.
Backup quarterback Dominique Davis completed 14 of 24 passes for 175 yards, with a touchdown and two interceptions.
COURTS: The NFL moved Thursday to try to shut down lawsuits filed by thousands of former players who say they suffered or fear suffering permanent brain injuries from football-related concussions, calling the issue a “labor dispute” that should be resolved not by courts but by terms of the collective bargaining agreement.
The players accuse the NFL of negligence and say league officials concealed known medical links between concussions and brain injuries, leading many of them to suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, or be at an increased risk of reckless or suicidal behavior.
In a motion to dismiss the suits filed late Thursday, the NFL argues that the collective bargaining agreement covers safety and health rules – while delegating to each team decisions about a player’s condition and when they should return to play. And the league said the suits lack any specific proof of concealment.