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White, Jones, Turner score first-half TDs as Atlanta leads Jacksonville 27-0 at halftime
ATLANTA (AP) ' Roddy White caught a 6-yard touchdown pass and Michael Turner ran 5 yards for another score as the Atlanta Falcons built a 27-0 halftime lead against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday night.
White had four receptions for 39 yards in the opening quarter to become the first Falcons receiver with 1,000 yards receiving in five straight seasons and the eighth NFL player to have at least 80 catches and 1,000 yards receiving in five consecutive years.
The Falcons, seeking their fourth victory in five games, got off to a fast start and took advantage of a Jacksonville gaffe early in the second quarter.
Jarett Dillard failed to catch a punt that bounced off his body at the Jacksonville 15. Atlanta's Sean Weatherspoon fell on the loose ball at the 5, and Turner scored on the next play.
White, who finished the first half with seven catches for 90 yards, ran a left-to-right pattern in the back of the end zone to catch Ryan's pass for a 24-0 lead.
Jacksonville, coming off a victory last week over Tampa Bay, was attempting to win consecutive games for the first time this season. But that elusive set of back-to-back victories looked unlikely early on.
Atlanta scored on its first drive of the game when Matt Ryan stepped up in the pocket and connected with rookie Julio Jones, the NFL's No. 6 overall draft pick, over the middle.
The speedster from Alabama did the rest, cutting up the field and splitting a couple of Jaguars defenders to get into the end zone for a 29-yard touchdown reception.
Falcons coach Mike Smith was trying to help the team secure its fourth straight winning season despite spending time in a Charlotte hospital with an undisclosed illness following Atlanta's victory last Sunday at Carolina.
Jaguars rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert, the NFL's lowest rated passer, was sacked by John Abraham for a 10-yard loss on Jacksonville's first play from scrimmage. The Jaguars had 13 yards of net offense in the first quarter, compared to 118 for Atlanta.
Abraham sacked Gabbert late in the second quarter and stripped the ball away at the Jacksonville 42. Curtis Lofton recovered the fumble at the 19, and Matt Bryant added a 31-yard field goal as the second-quarter clock expired.
Gabbert was 3 of 6 passing for 21 yards in the first half. Ryan was 14 of 21 for 160 yards.