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By Baltimore Sun reporter | November 11, 2010
Falcons 26, Ravens 21 Fourth quarter: 0:20 Atlanta Touchdown - 33-yard pass from Matt Ryan to Roddy White. (Matt Ryan pass incomplete, two-point conversion failed). Ravens 21, Falcons 20 Fourth quarter: 1:05 Baltimore Touchdown - 9-yard pass from Joe Flacco to Todd Heap. (Billy Cundiff extra point is good). Falcons 20, Ravens 14 Fourth quarter: 5:42 Baltimore Touchdown - Joe Flacco pass to Derrick Mason for 6 yards. (Billy Cundiff extra point is good)
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By Matt Vensel | August 20, 2013
The Baltimore sports scene is blessed with a bunch of talented bloggers who bring their unique perspective to the conversation. Each week, I hope to chat with one of them in a regular feature called Blogger on Blogger. This week, I exchanged emails with Matt Lund, who blogs about the Ravens for Baltimore Sports Report . MV: Are you concerned with how the Ravens' first teams played against the Atlanta Falcons last week? ML: I'm not entirely concerned yet. However, I'd like to see the offense get some rhythm going.
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By Baltimore Sun staff | November 10, 2010
Kevin Cowherd Ravens 24, Falcons 21: Ravens coaches overcome short week of preparation by buying 16 cases of Red Bull at Sam's Club. Jamison Hensley Falcons 21-10: The power running of Michael Turner and the home dominance of Matt Ryan (he's 17-1 at the Georgia Dome) are too much for the Ravens to overcome. Edward Lee Falcons 23, Ravens 20: The Ravens should remain competitive for a majority of the game, but a physical win against the Miami Dolphins and a short week of recovery will be enough for the host Falcons to escape with a narrow decision.
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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2013
The Ravens came into Thursday night's preseason game knowing that their revamped defense would be challenged by an Atlanta Falcons offense that ranked sixth in scoring a season ago. The Falcons have a Pro Bowl quarterback in Matt Ryan and a pair of 1,000-yard wideouts in Julio Jones and Roddy White. They have also added running back Steven Jackson, who has had eight straight 1,000-yard seasons, in the hopes of bolstering their running attack and balancing an offense that is expected to be one of the NFL's best again this season.
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October 17, 2012
Falcons keep coming Dan Pompei Chicago Tribune If you are looking for the next 1972 Miami Dolphins, you won't find it. That type of team does not exist. Not this year, anyway. Every team will have dips, valleys, slumps and losses. But you have to give the Falcons props. Their record says they are the best team in the NFL, and as Bill Parcells famously said, you are what your record says you are. The Falcons didn't get lucky six times. They are winning because Matt Ryan is playing as well as any quarterback in the NFL. And because they are averaging 28.5 points per game and allowing only 18.8 per game.
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By Jeff Barker | August 29, 2008
WHO'S HOT Clemson's offense: Not a bad trifecta when you can claim the ACC's best quarterback (Heisman Trophy hopeful Cullen Harper), running backs (James Davis and C.J. Spiller) and perhaps wide receiver (Aaron Kelly). Clemson is one of six schools nationally with a returning 1,000-yard rusher and receiver. Wake Forest's defense: Talk about opportunistic. The Demon Deacons had 19 interceptions last year, and Alphonso Smith returned three for touchdowns. It sure helps in close games to have a reliable kicker like Sam Swank, who has made nine of 12 field-goal attempts from 50 yards and beyond.
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April 29, 2008
How the Ravens' draft was graded by experts and newspapers: Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN The Ravens wanted Matt Ryan, but Joe Flacco was the next-best quarterback in this draft. The Ravens made a great deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars that got them three additional picks. They also traded down and still were able to get running back Ray Rice in the second round. The Ravens need to start bringing in young linebackers and Miami's Tavares Gooden had a very good 2007 season. Tom Zbikowski is a good third-round choice, but only if his play resembles what he did in 2006 as opposed to 2007.
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By JAMISON HENSLEY and JAMISON HENSLEY,jamison.hensley@baltsun.com | January 16, 2009
The Ravens should be applauded for all the right decisions they have made this season, from trading for Fabian Washington to signing Willie Anderson and Lorenzo Neal. But it's the decisions they didn't make that might have landed the Ravens in the AFC championship game. During the offseason, the Ravens offered their head coaching job to Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and listed Matt Ryan atop their quarterback draft board. Could the Ravens really have made it this far with Garrett and Ryan?
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November 30, 2010
Jets-Falcons Dan Pompei Chicago Tribune This isn't one of those years when there are clear favorites to make it to the Super Bowl. Instead there is a pack of strong teams in each conference. In the AFC, it's the Patriots, Jets, Steelers, Chiefs and Ravens, and you have to throw in the Chargers too because of the way they have been playing lately. In the NFC, it's the Falcons, Saints, Bears, Eagles, Giants and Packers. The closest thing the league has to a runaway train is the Falcons, so they should be the NFC favorite at this point.
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August 24, 2011
Falcons' Julio Jones Dan Pompei Chicago Tribune It can be difficult for rookie receivers to make impacts quickly, but Julio Jones isn't the typical rookie receiver. He stepped in the Falcons' starting lineup on the first snap of camp and has looked comfortable and at ease ever since. Part of it is Jones' unusual physical skills. Part of it is Jones' blue-collar approach. Part of it is the Falcons' coaching and how they are using him. Part of it is Jones has an elite quarterback throwing to him in Matt Ryan.
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By Matt Vensel | January 14, 2013
Every Monday morning -- even during the playoffs -- I bring you my weekly premature NFL power rankings. Why Monday? Because who wants to wait until Tuesday or Wednesday for power rankings? Since only four teams are still standing, this will be the last week I do the power rankings this season. It has been fun, and I thank those who took a deep breath and tried not to take these inane rankings too seriously. 1. New England Patriots (week -- 2): The Patriots toyed with the Houston Texans, who never really had a chance against the NFL's -- by far -- highest-scoring team.
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Mike Preston | January 10, 2013
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco knows this is the time of the season when NFL legends are made, but also the time when they get paid. Flacco's contract expires at the end of the season. Before it started, he said he thought he was an elite quarterback who demanded elite money. He hasn't played that way in 2012. Despite throwing for a career-high 3,817 yards, 22 touchdowns (second most in his career) and tying a career low with 10 interceptions, Flacco's play has been inconsistent He has been the same old Joe. But that can change starting Saturday.
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October 17, 2012
Falcons keep coming Dan Pompei Chicago Tribune If you are looking for the next 1972 Miami Dolphins, you won't find it. That type of team does not exist. Not this year, anyway. Every team will have dips, valleys, slumps and losses. But you have to give the Falcons props. Their record says they are the best team in the NFL, and as Bill Parcells famously said, you are what your record says you are. The Falcons didn't get lucky six times. They are winning because Matt Ryan is playing as well as any quarterback in the NFL. And because they are averaging 28.5 points per game and allowing only 18.8 per game.
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October 9, 2012
Falcons could run table Sam Farmer Los Angeles Times Were they to play each other, I'd give the Texans the edge over the Falcons. But Atlanta will hang on to its unblemished record longer, particularly with Texans linebacker Brian Cushing out for the year. The Texans have a tougher remaining schedule, with games they could lose Sunday against the Packers, Nov. 11 at Chicago and Dec. 10 at New England. Of course, there's also the possibility of another team pulling off an upset, the way the Colts rode a wave of emotion and knocked off the Packers.
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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2012
The Ravens' secondary struggled in the preseason opener against the Atlanta Falcons, allowing quarterback Matt Ryan to throw for 155 yards and Julio Jones to catch six balls for 109 yards and a touchdown in one quarter. However, defensive coordinator Dean Pees said the defense's problems against the Falcons were not confined to the secondary. “I think it's just the whole defense,” he said. “We need to get off to a fast start. That's the thing that disappointed us Thursday. We got off to a slow start.
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October 24, 2011
Because doing a full, 32-team list of power rankings is too much work for a Monday, I will rank only the top 11 teams in the NFL after each exciting football Sunday (that's where the "first and 10" comes in). Here's the balance of power heading into Monday night's Week 7 finale in Jacksonville: 1. Packers: Green Bay can run when needed. The Packers picked up three first downs to hold off the Vikings. 2. Saints: I know the Colts are sans Manning, but the Saints putting up 62 points on Sunday night was absurd.
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Mike Preston | June 20, 2011
Because of the three-month long NFL owners' lockout, there has been an increased flow of incredibly stupid stuff from sports media outlets. They keep giving us polls on subjects like "The Ten Worst Helmets" and "The Top 100 players. " There are tons of player interviews about other players, and the chat rooms and message boards are out of control. Nationally, no Ravens player is getting more attention than quarterback Joe Flacco, who is about to enter his fourth season. Good or bad, everyone from fans to teammates to former players to TV analysts has an opinion on the former Delaware star drafted in the first round by the Ravens in 2008.
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