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8:20 p.m., November 11, 2010
Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA
GAME DAY RECAP
The first Thursday night game of the 2010 NFL regular season begins with the Atlanta Falcons hosting the Baltimore Ravens in the Georgia Dome. This is a highly anticipated game with both teams holding a record of 6-2. The last time these two teams meet during the regular season was during week 10 of the 2006 season. The results were in favor of the Baltimore Ravens with a 24 to 10 win over the Falcons. This game is a sure preview of two playoff caliber teams.
The first quarter of the game was a hard noise defensive battle between the two teams. It wasn’t until late in the first quarter where the Atlanta Falcons started to drive into Baltimore territory. The drive would resume in the second quarter and ultimately results in a short pass from quarterback Matt Ryan to Jason Snelling out of the back field for a wide open 28 yard touchdown. The half would end with a 51 yard field goal from Matt Bryant to put Atlanta up 10-0 going into the locker room.
Matt Ryan completed 20 of 28 passes for 160 yards in the first half. Ravens, Joe Flacco had just 31 yards passing going into the half. As the third quarter was under way the Ravens stretched the field looking for T.J. Houshmandzadeh and the pass was intercepted by Brent Grimes. This resulted in another field goal by Matt Bryant, this one from 51 yards. As a result the Falcons now have a 13 point lead with 12:51 to play in the third quarter. Baltimore’s offense got it together after the field goal. Baltimore drove down the field on a 10 play drive which resulted in an Anquan Boldin 5 yard touchdown catch from Joe Flacco to end the third quarter. The Ravens begin showing some sign of life and now it is a one possession game.
The game begins to heat up in the fourth quarter. (Rowdy) Roddy White regains the Falcons 13 point lead with a 4 yard touchdown catch from Matty Ice. The Ravens are showing no signs of defeat with a 75 yard drive finishing with a 6 yard touchdown pass to Derrick Mason. With the extra point by Billy Cundiff the game is 20- 14 with an Atlanta 6 point lead. The legendary Baltimore defense showed up on the ensuing possession holding the Falcons to only one first down. The defense has put the game into the hands of the Baltimore Offense. Joe Flacco led his team down the field on a tactical possession completing 5 passes on a 72 yard drive. The end result of the series was a touchdown to veteran tight end Todd Heap. Giving the Baltimore Ravens their first lead of the night. Leaving 20 seconds left on the clock the Falcons answered with a 33 yard pass from Matt Ryan to Roddy White for a touchdown to win the game over the Baltimore Ravens 26-21.