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  • 03 September 2019
    ATLANTA (AP) — The Baltimore defense made life miserable for
    Matt Ryan and the Falcons‘ offense — and gave rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson
    plenty of room for error.The Ravens turned in a dominating defensive
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    , limiting Atlanta to its fewest yards in almost two
    decades while Jackson guided Baltimore to its third straight victory, 26-16 on
    Sunday.The 2016 Heisman Trophy winner, making his third straight start and first
    on the road, completed only 12 of 21 passes for 125 yards but did plenty of
    damage with his legs. He carried 17 times for 75 yards, including a 13-yard
    scoring run in the first quarter that turned out to be the Ravens’ lone
    offensive touchdown.Article continues below ...Not much offense was needed.Not
    the way the Ravens played on the other side of the line.Baltimore held the
    Falcons to 131 total yards — Atlanta’s worst showing since a 105-yard effort
    against San Francisco on Dec. 12, 1999 .“Our defense, they’re rolling,” Jackson
    said.The Ravens sacked Matt Ryan three times — one of which forced a fumble that
    Tavon Young returned 11 yards for a touchdown to seal the victory midway through
    the fourth quarter. Baltimore held a nearly 2-to-1 edge in time of possession
    (39:39-20:21) and limited the Falcons to 2 of 9 on third-down conversions.When
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    , Ito Smith had barely taken the handoff when he was swarmed
    over by the Ravens for a 1-yard loss. Atlanta finished with just 34 yards
    rushing on 15 carries.“The defensive line did a great job of containing the
    run,” linebacker C.J. Mosley said. “Once a defense gets a team one-dimensional,
    that’s when you can definitely go to work on their offense.”For Ryan, it was the
    fewest passing yards in a game he played from start to finish in his 11-year
    career. The only times he threw for fewer yards were in 2009, when he passed for
    15 yards against Tampa Bay before being knocked out of the game with a toe
    injury , and a 106-yard performance in the 2011 regular-season finale, also
    against the Buccaneers, when the Falcons built a big lead and rested their
    starters heading into the playoffs.“We never really got anything
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    ,” Ryan said. “That makes it tough when you really
    are not moving it and you’re letting them kind of dictate the game. That’s a
    tough pill to swallow.”The Ravens (7-5) have bolstered their AFC wild-card
    position since Jackson took over at quarterback for the injured Joe Flacco. The
    rookie had some shaky moments — and left for one series to be checked for a
    possible concussion after getting hit in a head by a teammate — but he was good
    enough to send the Falcons (4-8) to their fourth straight loss.“I wanted to get
    back out on the field and help my team win,” Jackson said.Justin Tucker
    connected on field goals of 41, 21, 45 and 47 yards.The Falcons, mired in their
    longest losing streak since a six-game skid in 2015, played before thousands of
    empty seats at Mercedes-Benz Stadium and heard plenty of boos with the clock
    winding down.“This is as challenged as we’ve been in a while, certainly since
    I’ve been here,” said Dan
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    , in his fourth season as the Falcons coach.The only
    excitement was provided by defensive end Vic Beasley, who picked up a fumble
    after Grady Jackson knocked the ball loose from Jackson. Beasley took off on a
    74-yard return , huffing and puffing toward the end but finding enough energy to
    spike the ball over the goalposts, giving the Falcons a short-lived 10-7 lead.
    The Ravens tied it up before halftime and dominated the final two quarters,
    outgaining Atlanta 193-44.The Falcons finally scored their lone offensive
    touchdown on Ryan’s 1-yard touchdown pass to Austin Hooper with 4:18 remaining,
    getting a big assist from a pass interference penalty.RAVENS‘ OTHER
    ROOKIEBaltimore continued to get good production out of rookie running back Gus
    Edwards, who followed up two straight 100-yard performances by grinding out 82
    yards on 21 carries.Edwards is an undrafted player out of Rutgers who spent the
    first five games on Baltimore’s practice squad.An injury to Alex Collins, whose
    season ended Saturday when he was put on the reserve
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    , opened the door for the 238-pound Edwards. He’s
    sure taken advantage of his opportunity.INJURY REPORTRavens: Jackson missed one
    series in the third quarter, clearing the way for Robert Griffin III to get his
    first significant playing time since 2016. Griffin went 2 of 4 for 21 yards,
    guiding the Ravens to a field goal before Jackson returned to the field. Also, G
    Alex Lewis left with a shoulder injury.Falcons: TE Logan Paulsen went out in the
    second quarter with a knee injury. LB Foyesade Oluokun (knee) left briefly but
    was able to return.UP NEXTRavens: Play their second straight road game at AFC
    West-leading Kansas City.Falcons: Travel to Green Bay to face the slumping
    Packers, knowing they must win their final four games just to avoid their first
    losing season since 2014. Running back Mark Ingram met the media as a member of
    the Ravens for the first time on Friday and said that everyone he knows that was
    ever part of the organization reached out to him to pitch him on coming to
    Baltimore.One player he doesn’t know yet is quarterback Lamar Jackson, who has
    at least one thing in common with Ingram. Both players are Heisman Trophy
    winners and Ingram said he’s excited about being in “a Heisman backfield” as
    well as being part of an offense that figures to feature a heavy dose of running
    the ball.“One thousand percent,” Ingram said. “That was very interesting and
    something that really caught my attention. Just having the opportunity to be in
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    , just to be able to bring my game to this offense and
    be able to help this team, I’m excited about it, and it’s something that was
    really intriguing to me.”There were reports linking the Ravens to a pursuit of
    Le'Veon Bell earlier this week, but Ingram said he wasn’t paying attention to
    any of it while waiting to see if things worked out for him in Baltimore. They
    did and he should have plenty of chances to make that choice look like the right
    one this season.