Falcons take 10-0 lead over Jags in 1st quarter

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Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) runs into the end zone as Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Ashton Youboty (31) is seen during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) runs into the end zone as Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback …

ATLANTA (AP) — Matt Ryan threw three touchdown passes, John Abraham had 3½ sacks and the Atlanta Falcons clinched a fourth straight winning season with a 41-14 rout of the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday night.

This one was over by halftime. The Falcons (9-5) were up 27-0 when the teams trotted to the locker room, the shell-shocked Jaguars (4-10) saddled with a net passing total of minus-1 yard.

Jacksonville rookie Blaine Gabbert coughed up the ball twice on hits by Abraham, both turnovers leading to Atlanta scores. Defensive tackle Corey Peters scooped up the second fumble and ran it in for a touchdown early in the third quarter, ending any thought of a Jacksonville comeback.

Ryan was 19 of 26 for 224 yards, hooking up with Roddy White on two scoring passes.

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