(AP) Matt Ryan threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Jason Snelling on the second play of the second quarter to give the Atlanta Falcons a 7-3 lead over the New York Jets on Monday night.
The big play of the drive was an improbable 47-yard gain when the Falcons retained possession following a fumble by Roddy White.
Ryan passed to White over the middle for a gain of 18 yards, but he fumbled at the Jets 48 when hit by Josh Bush. New York's Dawan Landry had a chance at the fumble recovery, but instead Atlanta receiver Julio Jones picked up the ball at the 37 and ran to the Jets 19.
A review confirmed White had possession and had turned upfield before losing the ball.
The Falcons scored when Ryan tricked the Jets' defense with a shovel pass to Snelling on third down.
The Falcons moved past the 50 on their first drive before being forced to punt. Antonio Allen blocked Matt Bosher's punt, allowing the Jets to take possession at the Falcons 44.
Geno Smith completed third-down passes to David Nelson and tight end Jeff Cumberland before Nelson was stopped on a third-down pass at the 4. On fourth-and-1, the Jets left their offense on the field before reconsidering. Following a timeout, Nick Folk's 22-yard field goal gave the Jets a 3-0 lead.
Tight end Tony Gonzalez caught a 6-yard pass on Atlanta's opening drive, giving him a reception in 200 straight games. Jerry Rice, who had catches in 274 consecutive games, is the only other player to post 200 straight games with at least one catch.