ATLANTA -- For a Jacksonville team coming off a 2-14 season, any win -- even in the preseason -- is cause for celebration.
For an Atlanta team that won 13 games last season with a spot in the NFC Championship Game, the first priority was keeping key players healthy for the regular season.
"Our mindset this year more than anything was to try to get to that game No. 1 as healthy as possible," Smith said. "We've done a pretty good job of doing that."
Jacksonville's Jordan Todman and Atlanta's Josh Vaughn made strong final bids to win backup jobs by running for touchdowns.
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 challenge for a backup job behind Maurice Jones-Drew.
"I feel like I left it all on the field every time that I have had a chance," Todman said. "Every time that I was out there, I went to the wall."
Added Todman: "The best part is that we came out here and got a win."
The Falcons also were 0-4 in the 2011 preseason before making the playoffs with a 10-6 record. Atlanta won only one preseason game last year before winning the NFC South with a 13-3 mark.
"It wasn't perfect at times, but I thought our guys really played hard and you appreciate that," said Jacksonville first-year coach Gus Bradley.
Todman earned compliments for his play through the preseason.
"We're excited about his consistency," Bradley said. "He's had a good preseason. He ran hard and we're really pleased with him."
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.
Davis, who played most of the game, completed 18 of 35 passes for 175 yards with an interception.
Davis has spent the preseason as Ryan's backup, but the Falcons could scan final roster cuts this weekend and add another quarterback. Teams must trim rosters to 53 players by Saturday.
Gabbert, already chosen 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 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. Todman cut through the line for an 18-yard touchdown run.
Atlanta's Jeremy Shelley missed the extra point. 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 completed 6 of 12 passes for 67 yards with the interception. Henne was 6 of 10 for 56 yards with an interception. Kafka completed 6 of 15 for 46 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions.
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