ATLANTA — Geno Smith suddenly looked like a wily ol' veteran Monday night for the Jets.
The rookie threw three touchdowns, didn't turn the ball over and guided New York on a drive that set up Nick Folk's winning field goal on the final play to beat the Falcons 30-28.
Atlanta went ahead on the first play after the two-minute warning. But Smith, who came in leading the NFL with 11 turnovers, completed four straight and broke off an 8-yard run that set up Folk's 43-yarder.
"My confidence is always sky-high," Smith, 16-of-20 for 199 yards, told ESPN. "Nothing can bring me down."
The Falcons (1-4) are mired in their longest losing streak since 2007. Considered a Super Bowl contender at the start of the season, they head into a bye week mired in a three-game skid. "He's a rookie," Atlanta safety William Moore said of Smith, "and we make him look like a 10-year veteran."
Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez became the second player with a catch in 200 consecutive games, joining Jerry Rice (274).
Vick might be out vs. Bucs: Michael Vick (hamstring) is day to day, and coach Chip Kelly said Nick Foles could win the starting quarterback job for Sunday's game against the Bucs based on performance. Foles threw for 197 yards and two touchdowns against the Giants in relief Sunday. "There's always open competition," Kelly said.
Panther star blasts officials: Panthers receiver Steve Smith was still upset with the officiating a day after a 22-6 loss to Arizona, calling a member of Sunday's crew "garbage." Smith said umpire Dan Ferrell was "the sorriest referee I've ever met." Smith acknowledged his comments would likely draw a fine.
Bills elevate QB: Thad Lewis was brought up from the practice squad to be the starting quarterback Sunday against the Bengals, replacing injured starter EJ Manuel. "With Thad, he knows the whole system inside out, so at least we can give him the things that we feel he's strong with, which gives us a better chance," coach Doug Marrone said. Manuel is out with a sprained knee.
Raiders ax Flynn: The Raiders released quarterback Matt Flynn six months after bringing him in to start. Oakland got him from Seattle in April for a 2014 fifth-round draft pick and a conditional pick in 2015, but he lost the starting job in training camp to Terrelle Pryor and last week fell to third on the depth chart.
Documentary debuts: Tonight is the debut of the two-hour Frontline documentary League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis", the project ESPN controversially pulled out of last month. It airs on PBS (Ch. 3) at 9, and re-airs at 2 a.m. and other times this month.
Rethink pink: The league said it would not use pink penalty flags beyond Monday's game. The flags were part of the league's campaign in support of breast cancer awareness — but, coupled with the players' pink equipment, especially gloves and towels, the flags caused confusion among broadcasters, fans, players and coaches on Sunday.
Jones trial: Bengals cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones punched a woman after she poured beer on him, witnesses and a prosecutor said at his trial on an assault charge. Jones has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor assault from the June 5 dispute.
JAGUARS: Coach Gus Bradley said he expects QB Blaine Gabbert (strained hamstring) to sit out Sunday at Denver, and that Chad Henne will start.
LIONS: The team said it was investigating whether center Dominic Raiola made "obscene and homophobic" comments to members of the University of Wisconsin marching band during Sunday's game at Green Bay.
Redskins: The league is prepared to meet — sometime — with an Indian tribe pushing for the team to drop its nickname. Oneida Indian Nation held a symposium in Washington to promote its "Change the Mascot" campaign. In response, the NFL said a meeting has been scheduled for next month, but it could happen sooner. Redskins owner Dan Snyder has vowed to keep the team's name.
TEXANS: Coach Gary Kubiak said Matt Schaub will remain the starting quarterback despite his recent struggles, including a league-record four consecutive games with an interception returned for a touchdown.
Raiders rise late
OAKLAND, Calif. — Terrelle Pryor and Charles Woodson turned a late-night start into a Raiders celebration. Pryor threw two touchdowns in the first quarter and Woodson tied a league record with his 13th defensive touchdown as Oakland beat San Diego 27-17 late Sunday in the latest start (11:35 Eastern) in NFL history.