Falcons Edge Ravens 10-9 as Both Teams Evaluate Quarterbacks

Falcons get to the QB

With the majority of the game played by a Ravens quarterback who was signed earlier that afternoon, the Falcons took advantage to win with a score of 10 to 9. Both teams have been considering starting their rookie quarterbacks after the preseason. For Atlanta, Matt Ryan’s place as the starter appears secure while Baltimore still has questions.

Finishing with two straight wins to end the preseason with a 2-2 record, the Falcons made the most of their opportunity to show that they deserve some respect. Atlanta QB Matt Ryan (2/7, 17 yards) did not play much in the game but had little to prove as he has already been named the starter for the season. The highlight of the game for the Falcons was when QB D.J. Shockley (7/14, 98 yards, 1 TD) threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to WR Brian Finneran with 26 seconds to go in the first half. Former number two pick QB Joey Harrington (2/5, 17 yards, 1 INT) was intercepted by Ravens DB Jim Leonhard in the fourth quarter to end a drive that had made it to the Ravens’ 26 yard line.

Baltimore spent the game trying to see who their starting quarterback will be. Quarterbacks Troy Smith (tonsillitis) and Kyle Boller (shoulder injury) did not play. QB Joe Flacco (8/13, 72 yards) showed what he could do the first quarter, throwing an incompletion in the end zone which set up their first field goal. He was replaced by Casey Bramlet (7/21, 100 yards, 2 INT) who had been claimed off waivers just before the game and has not yet thrown a pass in the regular season despite being on six different teams in his career. K Matt Stover was the lone scorer for the Ravens with three field goals: from 25 and 31 yards in the second quarter and from 48 yards in the third. Baltimore finished the preseason with a 1-3 record.

Both team start the regular season on September 7: Atlanta plays against Detroit while the Ravens host Cincinnati.


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