If the game was primarily held on British soil in front of British fans, Sunday’s proceedings began with some traditional American Razzmatazz.
Shortly after the English national anthem was played, Marisha Wallace sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” from atop the state-of-the-art Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
If the event was effectively choreographed, there were a few hiccups: the Falcons forgot their net that kicker Yungho Kuo usually uses to warm up.
However, it did not impress the South Korean kicker, as he drilled all four of his first-half attempts as the Falcons took a 20-3 lead.
With 1:42 minutes left in the first quarter, rookie sensation Kyle Pitts scored the first touchdown of his NFL career, connecting with his quarterback Matt Ryan for two yards.
Aside from a rare effort from Jets rookie quarterback Zack Wilson, which ended with a field goal, the Falcons dominated the majority of the first half, scoring their second touchdown thanks to Hayden Hurst on blue-skied Autumnal Day in London.
Rapper probably resurfaced from Ach’s halftime show, the Jets finding some rhythm to get back into the game, Ty Johnson’s close range touchdown bridging the deficit.
Despite the Jets’ defense providing him with some turnover to keep him in the game, Wilson was unable to capitalize on offense as mistakes, errors and penalties halted his drive.
The Jets managed to gain some in the middle of the second quarter, though Wilson reduced the deficit to just three points by providing a few clutch throws en route to Michael Carter.
A display of resolve from the quarterback of the first year drove Jets fans out of their seats and an unlikely return to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
But that was not to happen as the home team resumed their lead with a late Mike Davis touchdown.
While most Falcons fans will have far less travel than their team, Ryan & Co. will fly to America for a happy swarm.
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