If the game had been hosted on British soil in front of mainly British fans, Sunday’s activities would have started with some traditional theatrical American monarchy.
Shortly after the English national anthem exploded, Marisha Wallace sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” from the top of the state-of-the-art Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
If the event had been impressively choreographed, there were some hiccups: The Falcons seem to have forgotten their nets that kicker Yangho Ko usually used to warm up.
However, it did not affect the South Korean kicker, as he made four attempts in his first half as he led the Falcons to a 20-3 lead.
With 1:42 minutes left in the first quarter, rookie sensation Kyle Pitts made the first touchdown of his NFL career, connecting with his quarterback Matt Ryan from two yards out.
In addition to a rare Jets rookie quarterback Jack Wilson’s rare campaign, which ended in a field goal, the Falcons dominated most of the first half, thanks to their second touchdown, Hayden Hurst, on a blue sky autumn day in London.
Perhaps revived by rapper Aich’s halftime show, the Jets found some rhythm to get back into the game, with Ty Johnson’s close range reducing the rapid touchdown deficit.
Despite the Jets defense providing several turnovers to keep them in the game, Wilson and offense were able to stop their drive with mistakes, errors and penalties.
The Jets were able to do something in the middle of the second quarter, although Wilson reduced the deficit to just three points with a few throws in the way of Michael Carter.
Demonstrations of first-year quarterback determination removed the Jets fans from their seats and rocked Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as an expected comeback.
But it wasn’t until the home team reasserted their lead through a touchdown by the late Mike Davis.
While most of the Falcons fans will travel much smaller than their team, Ryan and company will fly a happy bunch in the United States.