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Falcons Fall in Flat Preseason Finale 20-3 to the Ravens

The preseason ended for the Falcons on Thursday night with a whimper, as the team didn’t play many starters or show much in a 20-3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Matt Ryan played just one series, making sure nothing bad happened before the teams opening game a week from Sunday.

After one series, the Falcons turned it over to John Parker Wilson and D.J. Shockley, the contenders for third quarterback. Ryan completed his first two passes for 18 yards, Michael Turner carried twice for 12 yards and the Ravens jumped offside twice, putting the Falcons on the Baltimore 34.

But Ryan was sacked by Terrell Suggs, one of the few Baltimore regulars to get on the field, and Atlanta was forced to pooch a punt that backed up Baltimore to its own 9.

Ravens third-string QB John Beck was the hero for the Ravnes, throwing for 232 yards with a pair of touchdown passes, playing the entire game. Beck clinched the lackluster game with just under 7 minutes to go, tossing a 15-yard touchdown pass to Eron Riley—a play that was set up by Beck’s 47-yard pass to Riley.

“You’ve got to understand in these games, you’re going to call things defensively and offensively to put players in certain situations to evaluate them,” Atlanta coach Mike Smith said. “You’re not game-planning in a game like this. You’re going to put players in certain situations to see how they handle certain techniques and coverages.”

The team ends the preseason at 2-2. Things start for real vs the Dolphins at the Georgia Dome on September 13th.

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