Found August 30, 2013 on Fox Sports Florida:
ATLANTA (AP) -- Jacksonville's Jordan Todman and Atlanta's Josh Vaughn made strong final bids to win backup jobs by running for touchdowns as the Jaguars held on late for a 20-16 preseason win over the Falcons on Thursday night. Mike Kafka, Jacksonville's third quarterback of the game, threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Ebert early in the fourth quarter to give the Jaguars the lead. Todman, who appeared in only one game in his 2012 rookie season, was trying to take advantage of the void created when Justin Forsett missed the entire preseason with a toe injury. Todman had nine carries for 60 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown run, in his bid to win a backup job behind Maurice Jones-Drew. Both teams held out most of their starters. Falcons quarterback Domonique Davis was stopped on a fourth-and-goal run from the 3 with 1:51 remaining. Atlanta's defense held and the Falcons took possession again at Jacksonville's 41 with 1:24 remaining. Davis ran for 5 yards before throwing three straight incompletions. Davis, who played most of the game, completed 18 of 35 passes for 175 yards with an interception. Vaughn, trying to win a job as Steven Jackson's backup, had a 65-yard touchdown run for the Falcons (0-4), who finished their second winless preseason in three years. The Falcons also were 0-4 in the 2011 preseason before making the playoffs with a 10-6 regular season. Atlanta won only one preseason game last year before winning the NFC South with a 13-3 mark. The Jaguars (1-3) took their first preseason win. Falcons rookie quarterback Sean Renfree, a seventh-round pick from Duke, left the game in the third quarter with a right shoulder injury. Vaughn, who played on the Falcons' practice squad in 2012, provided a rare offensive spark for the Falcons. Atlanta's only other touchdown came on a sack, forced fumble, fumble recovery and return for a touchdown by defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi in the second quarter. Davis has spent the preseason as Matt Ryan's backup, but it's possible the Falcons could scan final roster cuts this weekend and add another quarterback. With Blaine Gabbert sidelined with a broken thumb, Chad Henne started at quarterback for Jacksonville and had his second pass intercepted by Falcons rookie cornerback Robert Alford. Gabbert, already named as the Jaguars' starter, is on pace to be cleared for the start of the regular season. Gabbert is expected to have the cast removed from his right hand this weekend. Atlanta's other rookie cornerback, first-round pick Desmond Trufant, picked off a pass from Chad Scott in the second quarter. Henne recovered to lead a six-play, 60-yard touchdown drive in the first quarter -- the only touchdown drive of the half for either offense. Henne had back-to-back completions of 14 yard to Todman and 13 yards to tight end Allen Reisner before Todman cut through the line for an 18-yard touchdown run. The Jaguars led 10-0 when Massaquoi provided the play of the preseason for Atlanta's defense. Massaquoi sacked Scott for a loss of 8 yards at the Jaguars' 9, forcing Scott to fumble. Massaquoi picked up the fumble and ran in for the 9-yard touchdown run. Atlanta kicker Jeremy Shelley, filling in while Matt Bryant recovers from a back injury, missed the extra point after he was wide right on a 48-yard field goal in the first quarter. Shelley made a 42-yarder late in the first half. Scott had turnovers on back-to-back possessions, as Trufant's interception ended the Jaguars' next series. The turnovers may have severely damaged Scott's hopes of winning a backup job. Scott completed 6 of 12 passes for 67 yards with the interception. Henne was 6-of-10 passing for 56 yards with an interception. Kafka completed 6 of 15 passes for 46 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions.
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