MATT RYAN and Kyle Pitts made it a super Sunday for Atlanta Falcons in Tottenham.
Veteran quarterback Ryan threw two touchdowns in the first half and rookie Pitts scored the first of his career in a 27-20 win over New York Jets.
NFL returned to London with a bang after a year off due to Covid with the first of two games at Spurs’ new stadium in front of 60,589 fans.
Gridiron supporters were treated to a spectacular show that saw the US National Anthem sung from the stadium roof and a military overpass.
The action on the pitch threatened to be as one-sided as Oleksandr Usyk’s win over Anthony Joshua two weeks ago at the same Spurs stadium.
Ryan hit rookie tight end Pitts with a six-foot pass for his first-ever NFL touchdown to give the Falcons an early lead.
And the veteran quarterback doubled his tally in the second quarter when he found other starting tight end Hayden Hurst in the end zone on a 17-yard score.
The 36-year-old became just the seventh man in NFL history to complete 5,000 passes.
Atlanta missed two of their leading wide receivers in Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage, but still had way too much offensive power for the Jets in the first half.
New York finally got on the scoreboard with a field goal just before half-time and went back to the locker room 20-3 behind.
Robert Saleh’s men appeared galvanized after Manchester rapper Aitch’s halftime show as they looked for a way to get back into the game.
Running back, Ty Johnson made his way to the end zone in the third quarter to revive the Jets.
And when Michael Carter followed him with a touchdown in the fourth quarter, they were back within three points.
But Ryan led a masterful drive through the field before running back Mike Davis to seal the win to take Atlanta’s second win of the season.
Falcons head coach Arthur Smith said: “I love working with Matt Ryan. I can’t say enough good things about him.
“Kyle Pitts stepped down. He made some great plays for us. We love the player he is becoming and he will continue to improve.
“It has been spectacular. We’ve been treated so well since we’ve been here. It’s an incredible stadium and a great atmosphere.”
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