White’s big night lifts Atlanta to a 26-21 win over the Ravens


Two young gun slinging quarterbacks going at in the first Thursday night of the year provided quite a bit of drama, but in the end, it was Matt Ryan and the Falcons standing at 7-2.

Ryan’s last second touchdown to Roddy White gave the Falcons a 26-21 win as they escaped after almost blowing a 13-point fourth quarter lead after they led 20-7.

The Ravens and fellow young QB Joe Flacco rallied with two touchdowns, the second coming with 1:09 left as Todd Heap wrapped up a drive with a 9-yard TD to give the Ravens a 21-20 advantage.

Not to be outdone, Ryan calmly moved the Falcons into position, with the big play being a fingertip catch by Michael Jenkins for 24 yards to get the Falcons to 44.

Then a pass interference gave Atlanta a first down and on the very next play, Ryan rolled out on a designed play, and hit Roddy White with a pretty 33-yard TD pass that sent the Georgia Dome in a frenzy, sending the Falcons to the five-point win.

“We just wanted to get down and get a field goal,” White said. “Once Mike (Jenkins) caught that ball on the sideline, we started getting close and they started bringing pressure, and we knew we were going to get one on one coverage, and we knew we had to make plays out there. We just kind of coasted our way down and kept making plays.”

Ryan’s big night saw him go 32-for-50 for 316 yards with 3 touchdowns and a QB rating of 101.8. Flacco was 22-for-34 for 215 with 3 touchdowns and a pick.

White was the big weapon for Ryan and the Falcons, as he pulled in 12 catches for 138 yards and two touchdowns. The Ravens held Michael Turner to 39 yards on 17 carries.

Now at 7-2 with the best record in the NFC, the Falcons get a week to relax, as they have reached the bye week in first place and with a game at St.Louis in 10 days.


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