Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - The Baltimore Ravens rallied to score 20
points in the fourth quarter, capped with a 78-yard punt return by Asa
Jackson, and they defeated the Atlanta Falcons, 27-23, on Thursday.
Tyrod Taylor went 5-for-9 for 83 yards with a pair of touchdowns and an
interception while Joe Flacco was 7-for-9 for 118 yards with one touchdown and
one interception for the Ravens, who won their preseason opener against the
Buccaneers last week, 44-16.
Torrey Smith had two catches for a game-high 85 yards and a touchdown. Aaron
Mellette and Tandon Doss each had one reception, but both of their catches
resulted in a touchdown.
Matt Ryan went 8-for-15 for 97 yards and a touchdown over four series while
Dominique Davis was 8-of-10 for 98 yards and Sean Renfree was 8-for-16 for 63
yards for the Falcons.
Julio Jones had three receptions for 55 yards and a touchdown. Jacquizz
Rodgers got the bulk of the carries, rushing 10 times for 28 yards and a
touchdown in the setback.
The Ravens were down 23-7 entering the fourth quarter, but scored on their
first drive. Taylor threw to Mellette deep down the middle for a 40-yard
score. They attempted to go for two, but Taylor's pass to LaQuan Williams was
They followed that up on their next possession with a 10-play, 68-yard drive
that ended with Taylor hitting Doss with a 5-yard touchdown pass.
On the Falcons' following drive, they went just seven yards before punting the
ball from their own 27-yard line. Jackson returned the ball from the Ravens'
22-yard line and scored to put them on top with 6:18 remaining in regulation.
Bryant got the Falcons on the board first with a 45-yard field goal in the
Sixteen seconds later, Flacco threw a 77-yard touchdown pass to Smith to give
the Ravens a 7-3 lead.
The Falcons answered back on the following drive. With less than three minutes
left, Jones caught an 8-yard score from Davis.
Atlanta scored 10 more points in the second quarter. Shelley booted a 42-yard
field goal. Two plays into Baltimore's ensuing possesion, Flacco threw an
interception to Asante Samuel, who reached the 2-yard line before being
tackled by Visante Shiancoe and fumbled the ball. The Falcons' Peria Jerry
recovered it and on the next play, Rodgers ran up the middle for the
Shelley made another field goal from 29 yards out midway through the third,
while Baltimore failed to score and recorded just 62 yards in the period.