Baltimore Ravens & Atlanta Falcons Recap


I said it all week that this wasn’t going to be an easy one for the Baltimore Ravens, and as it turns out I can be slightly off in my predictions occasionally. The 2-4 Atlanta Falcons record is misleading and Atlanta came to play. This was a game where both teams badly needed a win and it was played as such.

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I initially had this game being a shootout, but I wasn’t shocked either to see a slow start. I wasn’t too worried about Joe Flacco‘s first quarter interception, but you could tell it was an error he rarely makes and wanted that one back. But Flacco kept his composure and answered back with a touchdown grab to tight end Owen Daniels.

The Baltimore Ravens really started asserting their dominance, pulling away 17-0 at halftime. The Ravens defense smothered Atlanta, holding them to a mere 61 yards.

Props to Daryl Smith for his excellent play in the first half with seven tackles.

Joe Flacco immediately marched his team 61 yards on the opening drive of the third quarter, and although they ultimately settled for a field goal, a 20-0 lead had me relaxing a little more. Then it seemed Joe Flacco got a little too comfortable in his lead, as he threw his second interception late third quarter.

Still, Atlanta couldn’t find the end zone … at least not until the fourth quarter.

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  • With under eight minutes left to play and aided by a face mask penalty that placed the Falcons inside the five, Atlanta finally put points on the board with a short pass to Roddy White. But by that point, Baltimore had assembled an all-around effective offensive effort that put the game out of reach. The Ravens had a well-balanced attack totaling 123 rushing yards and 248 passing yards.

    The game ball goes to the entire defense who never let up the entire game, even after Atlanta clearly had no chance for a comeback. A late fourth quarter safety by none other than Terrell Suggs, followed by another Ravens touchdown was the proverbial icing on the cake. 29-7 victory and sitting 5-2; great game guys.