Rapid Reaction: Falcons 26, Ravens 21

November, 11, 2010
11/11/10
11:45
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ATLANTA -- I’m off to do interviews and will be back with more analysis later. But, meantime, here’s a quick Rapid Reaction on Atlanta’s 26-21 victory against Baltimore.

What it means: The Falcons played their most complete game of the season. They showed resilience by bouncing back after surrendering a late touchdown and the lead for the first time all game. Atlanta continued to show its ability to win in the Georgia Dome. That could come in handy come playoff time. Speaking of that, the Falcons are 7-2 and firmly in control of first place in the NFC South.

Heroes: Matt Ryan and Roddy White. The dynamic duo hooked up on a touchdown pass with 20 seconds to save the game.

Near goats: White and Harry Douglas. Each receiver was unable to come up with catchable passes late in the game. White, who came into the game without having dropped a pass this season, dropped two balls that looked very catchable.

Good-luck sign: When wide receiver Brian Finneran lines up at safety at the end of a game, you know the Falcons are winning. At 6-foot-5, Finneran's out there only to knock down any Hail Mary passes.

What's next: The Falcons will travel to St. Louis to play the Rams on Nov. 21.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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