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Gonzalez catches pass in 200th straight game; Jets grab lead

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One of the byproducts of Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez’s decision to return for the 2013 season was that he had a chance to become the second player in NFL history to catch a pass in 200 straight games.

Gonzalez accomplished that feat early in Monday night’s game against the Jets. Gonzalez caught a six-yard pass from Matt Ryan on the Falcons’ first possession of the game to join Jerry Rice as the only members of that club. Rice caught a pass in 274 games, so Gonzalez will have to settle for being No. 2 on that list unless he plans to waver on his vow to retire for a few more seasons.

The drive didn’t work out for the Falcons as Darrin Walls dropped what should have been an interception on a later third down and Antonio Allen blocked Matt Bosher’s punt to set the Jets up just outside Falcons territory. The Jets were able to take advantage for a field goal, with Geno Smith going 4-of-4 for 30 yards to move the team to the Atlanta four-yard line. The Jets lined up to go for it on fourth down, but wound up taking a delay of game penalty after getting set up with just a couple of seconds left on the play clock.

The Falcons declined the penalty, something we’ve never seen before, and Nick Folk’s 22-yard field goal has the Jets up 3-0 with 5:46 to play in the first.

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20 Responses to “Gonzalez catches pass in 200th straight game; Jets grab lead”
  1. kremis says: Oct 7, 2013 8:57 PM

    While The Steelers still have not won a game ! Ha

  2. bleedburgandyandgold says: Oct 7, 2013 9:12 PM

    Why decline a delay of game lol both these teams are a wreck just like the redskins lol at least the jets have won 2 games though I guess

  3. m4a188 says: Oct 7, 2013 9:32 PM

    I would love to see him change his mind and continue to play for a few more years, he’s still elite.

  4. raqaiw says: Oct 7, 2013 9:33 PM

    It’s sad that one of the greatest TEs in the history of football only has 1 playoff victory in his career. Bad luck I guess,

  5. ninefingers9 says: Oct 7, 2013 9:39 PM

    Good thing catching 200 passes in consecutive games helps with a couple, three superbowls in the last few years! Right?

  6. 7mantel says: Oct 7, 2013 9:42 PM

    Tony G surrounded by a bunch of pretenders not contenders ! Only good at talking smack and not able to back it up !

  7. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 7, 2013 9:57 PM

    Human growth hormone.

  8. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 7, 2013 10:24 PM

    Tony Gonzalez needs to share what arrives at his house in plain, nondescript packages with no return address with his teammates.

  9. romoscollarbone says: Oct 7, 2013 10:33 PM

    His longevity and continued excellence is absurd. Tony Gonzalez is the last of a select few. Beyond he and Witten, most TEs coming in are glorified OTs or play the joker position like Jimmy Graham, Gresham, Olsen, Eiffert etc. or they’re freaks like Vernon Davis.

  10. cjnunes426 says: Oct 7, 2013 10:59 PM

    Gates>> Witten

  11. kcfanatic says: Oct 7, 2013 11:37 PM

    Atlanta’s season is over. Trade Tony G. back to the KC Chiefs so that he can finish his career where he started it, and play for a playoff team.

  12. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 7, 2013 11:44 PM

    2012 NFL tight end dropped passes champion Jermaine Gresham is undependable and lacks explosiveness.

  13. deejayehn says: Oct 7, 2013 11:58 PM

    It really sucks that the best tight end in the league is still hurt!

  14. bunglesandbears says: Oct 8, 2013 12:13 AM

    Tony G > (Witten * Gates). Best HOF’r to never win a Super Bowl in his generation.

  15. bleedburgandyandgold says: Oct 8, 2013 1:46 AM

    Gonna take the jets off my these teams are wreck comment lol at 3-2 doing better then thought they would

  16. mungman69 says: Oct 8, 2013 7:18 AM

    Whitten=old

  17. bigchief816 says: Oct 8, 2013 8:18 AM

    Time to come back where it started Tony G. KC needs you!

  18. oldhuskerfan says: Oct 8, 2013 9:00 AM

    You don’t suppose Tony G wishes he was back in KC about now, do you?

  19. jjackwagon says: Oct 8, 2013 9:42 AM

    Go back to KC Tony, the Chiefs should trade every TE on the roster to get you back.

  20. repmochief50 says: Oct 8, 2013 12:11 PM

    Tony G is as Classy as they come. As much as I hated to see him go, completely understood why he left KC. And I hate he’ll end his career without a sniff of a ring……..

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