“It will be nice to see a full complement of players out there,” Smith said.
Brady’s one miscue was a double-pump that allowed Kroy Biermann to deliver a jarring hit, knocking the ball loose. New England recovered, and the offense got another shot when Chevis Jackson was penalized for knocking down Stephen Gostkowski on a 41-yard field goal attempt that was wide right.
Jackson dove for the block and came up short of the kicker, who then fell over the Atlanta player while he was sprawled on the Georgia Dome turf. Smith screamed in protest that Gostkowski was acting, then watched Brady go back to work.
Three plays later, he fired a pass that got Falcons rookie linebacker Sean Weatherspoon all turned around, allowing Hernandez to make the catch in the back of the end zone while the first-round pick was looking the wrong way.
At least Weatherspoon didn’t look as bad as Thomas DeCoud, who came up to make a hit on Taylor and was instead sent flying by 296-pound teammate Jonathan Babineaux, trying to assist on the tackle. Taylor bounced outside and went untouched the rest of the way for New England’s first touchdown.
Matt Ryan and the Atlanta offense did some good things on his three possessions, driving twice into New England territory. Both resulted in field goal attempts, leaving the first-teamers still seeking their first TD of the preseason.
Ryan said he’s not concerned.
“We don’t game plan a lot for these games,” he said. “We’re just trying to improve on some different things, see what we like and don’t like and what we want to take into the regular season.”
Bryant kicked a 46-yard field goal that gave the Falcons a short-lived lead, but missed from 47.
Ryan was 8 of 13 for 76 yards before giving way to John Parker Wilson, who played all but the final possession. The third-stringer accounted for Atlanta’s lone TD on a late 19-yard pass to Troy Bergeron after most of the crowd had left.
New England backup Brian Hoyer directed a couple of scoring drives in the second half. Sammy Morris scored on a 20-yard run and Rob Gronkowski hauled in a 24-yard TD pass.
Bills 34, Colts 21
TORONTO (AP) _ C.J. Spiller started to deliver on his dynamic billing almost right away. It took four plays into Buffalo’s opening drive for the first-round draft pick as he scored on a 31-yard run.
It came in Spiller’s debut as starter in place of veterans Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch, who were both injured a week earlier.
The only disappointment was the small crowd of 39,583 _ more than 14,000 below capacity _ that turned out for the fourth of an eight-game, five-year series the Bills (1-1) are playing in Toronto.