Baltimore’s defense came up huge on Sunday, limiting a potent Falcons offense to just 131 yards from scrimmage. Tavon Young’s fumble return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter sealed a third consecutive victory for the Ravens.
Again it was the Ravens running game leading the way. Gus Edwards and Lamar Jackson controlled the clock, and Kenneth Dixon (8 rushes, 37 yards) ran well in his return to action, too. As a team, the Ravens eclipsed 200 yards rushing for the third game in a row.
While there wasn’t many flashy offensive highlights, Baltimore executed the gameplan and came up with big plays when it mattered most. Check out all the top moments and vote for your favorite below!
Lamar Jackson 13-yard rushing touchdown: After the Falcons put up three points on their opening drive, Baltimore responded with a touchdown to take an early lead. On a designed option play, Lamar Jackson found the endzone with his legs for the second consecutive game. Jackson showed impressive strength and determination, breaking a tackle and outstretching the ball across the pylon. It was the Ravens only offensive touchdown of the day, and proved to be a big one.
Terrell Suggs first quarter sack: The future hall of famer followed up a strong performance against the Raiders with another big game in Week 13. “T-Sizzle” fought through two Atlanta offensive lineman to bring down Matt Ryan, who was being chased outside the pocket. Had Suggs not made the play, the Falcons could have converted the third down and advanced into Baltimore territory. It also brought Suggs to 6.5 sacks on the season.
Sam Koch fake punt: Baltimore brought out the trickery in Atlanta, converting on a fake punt early in the second quarter. Sam Koch received the snap and delivered a fairly accurate 21-yard strike to Chris Moore on 4th & 7. It was the fifth time Koch has attempted a pass in his career, and he’s completed an impressive 100% of them. His passing ability may have been called upon even more had Robert Griffin III gotten injured in relief of Lamar Jackson, who was in concussion protocol during the third quarter.
Lamar Jackson 16-yard rush: After spending much of the third quarter in concussion protocol, “Action Jackson” returned to the game and made yet another big play on the ground early in the fourth quarter. With the Ravens up by six points and facing a 3rd & 3, Jackson rushed for 16 yards to keep the drive alive. Jackson faked the pass and took off, eluding Falcons defenders down the field. It moved the Ravens closer to mid field and the drive ultimately ended with a field goal to put Baltimore up by two possessions.
Justin Tucker 47-yard field goal: Speaking of field goals, Justin Tucker was yet again automatic on Sunday. Fresh off another AFC special teams player of the month award, Tucker converted all four of his field goal attempts and both of his extra points against the Falcons. This 47-yarder extended Baltimore’s lead and put the Ravens up 19-10 with just over seven minutes remaining.
Tavon Young fumble return touchdown: For the second consecutive week, the Ravens defense forced a fumble and returned it for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Patrick Onwuasor blindsided Matt Ryan and knocked the ball loose, and Tavon Young scooped it up before returning the fumble for a touchdown. It was the Ravens sixth forced fumble of the season and all but sealed Baltimore’s victory.
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Lamar Jackson 13-yard rushing touchdown
Terrell Suggs sack
Sam Koch fake punt
Lamar Jackson 16-yard rush
Justin Tucker 47-yard field goal
Tavon Young fumble return touchdown