Green, the former Georgia standout, was taken by the Bengals with the fourth overall pick of the 2011 draft. Jones, who starred at Alabama, was selected by the Falcons with the sixth overall pick.
Both players impacted the game early before the reserves took over.
Green got open on deep route in the first quarter, but Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton overthrew the pass. The Bengals settled for a 54-yard field goal by Mike Nugent to make it 3-0.
On their next possession, the Falcons tied the game on a 20-yard field goal from Matt Bryant.
Thanks to Green, the Bengals would quickly answer.
On a third down-and-15, Green ran past Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel and hauled down a 50-yard touchdown pass to give the Bengals a 10-3 lead.
Once the shock of Green’s touchdown catch wore off, Jones and the Falcons’ offense appeared determined not to be outdone by the spectacular play on their next possession.
Quarterback Matt Ryan, who completed 11 straight passes to open the game, completed a 15-yard pass to Jones on the fifth play of the drive. On the next play, Ryan launched a deep pass to Jones, who had gotten behind his defender, but he couldn’t haul down the slightly overthrown pass.
After completing a 16-yard pass to Roddy White, Ryan and Jones connected on a 23-yard play to move the ball down to Cincinnati’s 2-yard line. On the next play, Ryan tossed a touchdown pass to newly signed fullback Lousaka Polite. Bryant came on to tie the score 10-10.
Green finished the game with two receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown. Jones had three receptions for 41 yards.
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