Rapid Reaction: Falcons 26, Ravens 21

November, 11, 2010
11/11/10
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Here are some early thoughts on the Atlanta Falcons' 26-21 come-from-behind victory over the Baltimore Ravens:

What it means: It means the Ravens drop to 6-3 on the season and come very close to making a big statement on the road. The Falcons are one of the NFL's best teams at home the past several seasons and needed a late touchdown catch by receiver Roddy White to hold off the Ravens. There will be a lot of debate of whether White pushed off Ravens cornerback Josh Wilson on the play. We will get Baltimore's reaction on the play in from the locker room. Many saw this as a possible Super Bowl preview and both teams put on a good show. Neither Atlanta nor Baltimore should feel any worse about its playoff chances after this entertaining and competitive game.

What I liked: Baltimore showed grit by fighting back in the fourth quarter and having a chance to win. After falling down 13 points late, the Ravens didn't lay down and took a 21-20 lead with 1:05 left after two touchdown passes by quarterback Joe Flacco. Linebacker/defensive end Terrell Suggs was at his best. Suggs recorded two sacks, and it was his first multi-sack game of the season.

What I didn't like: With a little more than a minute left, Baltimore had a chance to close out the game but the defense allowed Atlanta to drive down the field for the game-winning touchdown. The controversial touchdown catch by White at the end will stand out. But a slow start in the first half was the reason Baltimore spent the entire second half fighting from behind.

What's next: After a tough loss, the good news is Baltimore has 10 days to prepare against the lowly Carolina Panthers (1-7). The Ravens have a good chance to get back on the winning track and avoid their first two-game losing streak of the season. They are currently in second place by a half-game in the AFC North behind the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2).

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ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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