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Davis Shines as Falcons Fall

Rookie Dominic Davis shines

Falcons rookie quarterback Dominique Davis put on a clinic for how to make a ball club as a free agent in the Falcons 24-19 loss to the Cincinatti Bengals Thursday night at the Georgia Dome.

Davis showed incredible poise leading the Falcons to one touchdown and narrowly falling short of a game winner in the final 5:46 of the game. Despite the limited touches, Davis finished with 121 yards passing on 11 of 18 passing.

Five of Davis’ incomplete passes on the final drive should be credited as drops by the backup receivers. Kenny Stafford and James Rodgers both dropped two in the final drive. Rodgers dropped a first down pass that would have kept the Falcons drive alive at the Bengals 25.

Neither offense looked particularly sharp early as a Mike Nugent field goal accounted for the only score through the first quarter. Atlanta tied the game early in the second quarter on a Matt Bryant 20 yard field goal.

Cinci’s Andy Dalton broke an old adage on the next drive answering the Falcons score. “Going to the well once too often” certainly didn’t apply to Dalton’s 50-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Green.

Seconds after Falcons DB Asante Samuel broke up a pass intended for the Green in front of the Bengals bench, Dalton came right back to the lanky receiver.

“Anytime you see A.J. in one-on-one coverage, you’re going to throw it up there and give him a chance to make a play,” said Dalton on the play.

Matt Ryan completed 6 of 7 passes to tie the game on his final series at the helm. Newly signed veteran fullback Lousaka Polite made a twisting 2 yard catch at the goal line to give Atlanta its first touchdown of the game.

Atlanta took a brief lead going into halftime thanks to a 22 yard field goal by Matt Bryant. Backup Chris Redman’s pass to Drew Davis was tipped by ex-Cowboys cornerback Terence Newman into the hands of an alert Harry Douglas for a 23 yard play.

Cincinnati reclaimed the lead on the opening drive out of halftime. “Marvin (Lewis) stresses all the time about starting fast,” said veteran quarterback Bruce Gradkowski. “We have to come out of the locker room at halftime and move the ball.”

Gradkowski did just that guiding the offense to a 60 yard touchdown drive. Cinci’s third round pick out of Rutgers, Mohamed Sanu, out-jumped safety Chris Hope for the 12 yard score.

The Bengals backups added an insurance score in the fourth. Rookie free agent running back Jourdan Brooks (Morgan State) rushed 5 times for 12 yards including the game winner from a yard out with less than 6 minutes to play.

Davis entered the game on the Falcons ensuing drive and immediately set fire to the Bengals defense. In just over three and a half minutes, Davis completed 8 of 9 passes to four different receivers for the 80 yard score.

The 23 year old out of East Carolina also showed great decision making as well as a strong arm. In addition to putting passes where only the receiver could make a play, Davis picked up yards with his legs when the play wasn’t there.

There are no guarantees for Davis with four quarterbacks in camp. His performance undoubtedly peeked the interest of other teams that may be interested in a poised, strong-armed talent with loads of potential.

Cincinnati Bengals-24 vs Atlanta Falcons-19

  • The visiting Bengals take the Georgia Dome field in week 2 of the NFL preseason.

  • Bengals RB Brian Leonard is stripped of the ball by Falcons S William Moore.

  • Falcons DB Thomas DeCoud whiffs missing the tackle on Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham.

  • Bengals ball carrier Brian Leonard is upended by Falcons DB Dunta Robinson.

  • Falcons DT Jonathan Babineaux gets flagged for a facemask for dragging down Bengals QB Andy Dalton by the shirt collar.

  • Bengals TE Donald Lee runs for daylight as Falcons S William Moore prepares to make the tackle.

  • Bengals QB Andy Dalton leaps in the air to escape the grasp of Falcons DE John Abraham.

  • Falcons DB Asante Samuel breaks up a pass intended for Bengals WR A.J. Green.

  • Bengals WR A.J. Green is brought down by Falcons DB Asante Samuel after crossing the goal line.

  • Bengals S Jeromy Miles tripped Falcons WR Harry Douglas to slow the speedster until help arrived.

  • Falcons WR Julio Jones spins off the contact from S Reggie Nelson for a 15 yard gain.

  • Falcons WR Kevin Cone can't find the handle on the pass from Chris Redman.

  • Falcons WR Harry Douglas hauls in the deflected pass intended for Drew Davis.

  • Bengals QB Bruce Gradkowski steps up in the pocket to avoid a run-in with Falcons DE Lawrence Sidbury.

  • Bengals QB Bruce Gradkowski dives after getting tripped up by Falcons DB Darrin Walls.

  • Bengals rookie WR Mohamed Sanu gets his feet in bounds for a touchdown.

  • Falcons RB Antone Smith escapes the diving tackle for an 11-yard gain.

  • Falcons RB Loukas Polite gets tackled in space by Bengals player wearing the same number, S Jeromy Miles.

  • Bengals S Jeromy Miles makes an over-the-head catch intercepting Falcons QB Chris Redman in the endzone.

  • Falcons DB Dominique Franks loses his balance allowing Bengals WR Marvin Jones to make a 42-yard reception.

  • Bengals WR Jordan Shipley can't make the leaping catch over Dominique Franks.

  • Falcons backup QB John Parker Wilson breaks the pocket to escape the pressure from the Bengals defensive front.

  • Bengals RB Daniel Herron delivers a stiff arm to the face of Falcons S Pat Schiller.

  • Falcons CB Robert McCain makes the sure tackle on Benglas FB Jeames Develin after a 7 yard gain.

  • Falcons WR Lamark Brown fights Bengals CB Taveon Rogers and S George Iloka for a 4 yard gain.

  • Falcons DB Chris Hope drops down to stop Bengals WR Marvin Jones after a 16 yard gain on the reverse.

  • Falcons rookie TE Lamark Brown dives to haul in the 7 yard touchdown pass from rookie QB Dominique Davis.

  • Bengals rookie RB Jourdan Brooks celebrates after scoring the deciding touchdown.

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