7:30 PM ET, August 13, 2005
ATLANTA (AP) -- Michael Vick was sacked a couple of times and fumbled during his brief time on the field.That's OK. At least he didn't get hurt.Ed Hartwell intercepted a pass against his former team and another Atlanta newcomer, Todd Peterson, kicked three field goals to lead the Falcons past the Baltimore Ravens 16-3 in a preseason game Saturday night.Vick played two eventful series in the first quarter, then called it a night. In a 2003, the quarterback broke his leg in a preseason game against the Ravens, costing him the first 11 weeks of the regular season while Atlanta tumbled to 5-11."That shook me up a little bit," Vick said. "Now, I'm trying to protect myself. I'll do anything possible, whether it's getting the ball out of my hand or going down if I have to. If I've got to take the sack, I'll take the sack."He took two against the Ravens. The first came after Hartwell bit the team he played with the last four seasons. Kyle Boller threw a terrible pass right to the middle linebacker, who returned the interception to the Baltimore 14."I knew I wasn't going to have many plays," said Hartwell, the Falcons' most prominent free agent signing. "I wanted to make an impact early."Now, he looks forward to chatting with Ray Lewis and some of his former teammates."It's nothing personal with those guys. We're all friends," Hartwell said. "But I've got bragging rights for the next year, point blank. I can brag. They can't."The Falcons couldn't do much with Hartwell's big play. A breakdown in protection left Tommy Polley free to sack Vick -- with Lewis also bearing down -- and Atlanta settled for Peterson's 29-yard field goal.The game was tied 3-3 when Ty Detmer threw an 18-yard pass to Mark Anelli for the lone touchdown with 10:39 remaining, long after both teams had pulled their starters.Detmer is the Falcons' third-string quarterback; Anelli is a fourth-string tight end and a long shot to make the team.Peterson, a former Georgia kicker who signed with the Falcons during the offseason to replace Jay Feely, also connected from 34 and 27 yards. He missed a 46-yarder.Vick directed a 78-yard drive on the Falcons' second possession. He completed two passes for 32 yards and benefited from a 32-yard pass-interference call on Chris McAlister.But Deion Sanders showed he's still got a little Prime Time in him. The 37-year-old cornerback caught Vick on a blitz, knocking the ball loose and recovering it himself at the Ravens 18."I'm not shy about my game," Sanders said. "That's why I'm here. That's why your microphone is in front of me. I make plays."The fumble was Vick's last play. He was replaced on the next series by Matt Schaub.The Falcons (2-0) remained unbeaten in the preseason after beating Indianapolis in the Japan Bowl last week. This was Baltimore's first game, and it showed."Our intensity was good. We ran the ball really well. Our physicality was good," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. "We made a lot of little mistakes that should not have happened."Boller was 5-of-9 for 57 yards -- most of it on a 30-yard hookup with Clarence Moore. That led to Matt Stover's 23-yard field goal early in the second quarter.Stover's competition, rookie Rhys Lloyd, had a 39-yarder blocked by Junior Glymph in the third quarter."We're continuing to jell," Boller said. "A couple of weeks down the road, we'll have the chemistry."The Ravens held out Atlanta native Jamal Lewis, who had reported to camp earlier in the week. The former 2,000-yard rusher is coming off ankle surgery and recently completed his sentence for a 5-year-old cocaine deal: four months in prison and two months at a halfway house.Chester Taylor filled in as the starter, carrying eight times for 55 yards.Roddy White, the Falcons' first-round draft pick, landed awkwardly on his right foot after making a catch in the final period. He stayed in the game but later walked to the locker room, having removed his right shoe and sock.White described his injury as a high ankle sprain and said he'll probably miss at least one or two days of practice -- a setback for the rookie who is still learning the offense."It was hurting pretty bad," he said, "but I didn't want to come out of the game."
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