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Ravens stifle feeble Falcons 26-16 for 3rd straight win

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 performance, 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.

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 the Falcons went for it on fourth-and-1 at midfield, 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 going,'' 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 Quinn, 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 ROOKIE

Baltimore 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 list, opened the door for the 238-pound Edwards. He's sure taken advantage of his opportunity.

INJURY REPORT

Ravens: 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 NEXT

Ravens: 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.

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Key Players
L. Jackson 8 QB
125 PaYds, 75 RuYds, RuTD
16
FPTS
M. Ryan 2 QB
131 PaYds, PaTD, 4 RuYds
9
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Missed Two Point Conversion 4:18
TWO-POINT CONVERSION ATTEMPT. M.Ryan pass to A.Hooper is incomplete. ATTEMPT FAILS.
plays
yds
pos
26
16
Touchdown 4:18
M.Ryan pass short middle to A.Hooper for 1 yard TOUCHDOWN [M.Judon].
6
plays
75
yds
2:58
pos
26
16
Point After TD 7:16
J.Tucker extra point is GOOD Center-M.Cox Holder-S.Koch.
plays
yds
pos
26
10
Touchdown 7:24
M.Ryan sacked at ATL 17 for -8 yards (P.Onwuasor). FUMBLES (P.Onwuasor) RECOVERED by BAL-T.Young at ATL 12. T.Young for 12 yards TOUCHDOWN.
0
plays
0
yds
0:00
pos
25
10
Field Goal 7:29
J.Tucker 47 yard field goal is GOOD Center-M.Cox Holder-S.Koch.
13
plays
55
yds
6:38
pos
19
10
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:36
J.Tucker 45 yard field goal is GOOD Center-M.Cox Holder-S.Koch.
14
plays
60
yds
8:08
pos
16
10
Field Goal 10:02
J.Tucker 21 yard field goal is GOOD Center-M.Cox Holder-S.Koch.
10
plays
72
yds
5:01
pos
13
10
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:10
J.Tucker 41 yard field goal is GOOD Center-M.Cox Holder-S.Koch.
9
plays
59
yds
1:40
pos
10
10
Point After TD 11:33
M.Bryant extra point is GOOD Center-J.Harris Holder-M.Bosher.
plays
yds
pos
7
10
Touchdown 11:52
L.Jackson sacked at ATL 27 for -5 yards (G.Jarrett). FUMBLES (G.Jarrett) RECOVERED by ATL-V.Beasley at ATL 26. V.Beasley for 74 yards TOUCHDOWN. PENALTY on ATL-V.Beasley Unsportsmanlike Conduct 15 yards enforced between downs.
0
plays
0
yds
0:00
pos
7
9
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 4:17
J.Tucker extra point is GOOD Center-M.Cox Holder-S.Koch.
plays
yds
pos
7
3
Touchdown 4:17
L.Jackson right end for 13 yards TOUCHDOWN.
9
plays
75
yds
5:15
pos
6
3
Field Goal 9:36
M.Bryant 44 yard field goal is GOOD Center-J.Harris Holder-M.Bosher.
12
plays
49
yds
5:28
pos
0
3
Team Stats
Time of Pos 39:39 20:21
1st Downs 25 16
Rushing 12 5
Passing 9 6
Penalty 4 5
3rd Down Conv 7-15 2-9
4th Down Conv 2-2 0-1
Total Net Yards 366 131
Total Plays 77 45
Avg Gain 4.8 2.9
Net Yards Rushing 207 34
Rush Attempts 49 15
Avg Rush Yards 4.2 2.3
Net Yards Passing 159 97
Comp. - Att. 15-26 16-27
Yards Per Pass 6.1 3.6
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-8 3-34
Penalties - Yards 9-88 8-82
Touchdowns 2 2
Rushing TDs 1 0
Passing TDs 0 1
Other 1 1
Turnovers 1 1
Fumbles - Lost 4-1 2-1
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 3-34.7 5-45.6
Return Yards 40 18
Punts - Returns 1-4 1-18
Kickoffs - Returns 2-36 0-0
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking 6/6 2/2
Extra Points 2/2 1/1
Field Goals 4/4 1/1
Red Zone Eff. 1-2 -50% 1-1 -100%
Goal to Go Eff. 0-1 -0% 1-1 -100%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Ravens 7-5 7361026
Falcons 4-8 370616
159 PASS YDS 97
207 RUSH YDS 34
366 TOTAL YDS 131
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
L. Jackson 8 QB
16
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
57.1% 125 0 0 74.5
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
59.7% 540 2 3 73.5
L. Jackson 12/21 125 0 0 16
S. Koch 4 P
0
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 21 0 0 118.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 21 0 0 118.8
S. Koch 1/1 21 0 0 0
R. Griffin III 3 QB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 21 0 0 65.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 21 0 0 65.6
R. Griffin III 2/4 21 0 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
G. Edwards 35 RB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
21 82 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
76 379 1
G. Edwards 21 82 0 9 8
L. Jackson 8 QB
16
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
17 75 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
82 404 3
L. Jackson 17 75 1 16 16
K. Dixon 30 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 37 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
21 81 1
K. Dixon 8 37 0 13 3
T. Montgomery 88 RB
5
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 13 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
37 174 1
T. Montgomery 3 13 0 7 5
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
M. Andrews 89 TE
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 3 47 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 26 384 2
M. Andrews 3 3 47 0 21 4
T. Montgomery 88 RB
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 5 42 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 23 225 0
T. Montgomery 7 5 42 0 14 5
M. Crabtree 15 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 3 36 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 48 536 3
M. Crabtree 4 3 36 0 18 3
C. Moore 10 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 21 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 15 164 0
C. Moore 1 1 21 0 21 2
W. Snead 83 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 1 8 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 51 507 1
W. Snead 3 1 8 0 8 0
N. Boyle 86 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 7 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 21 198 0
N. Boyle 2 1 7 0 7 0
K. Dixon 30 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 6 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 6 0
K. Dixon 1 1 6 0 6 3
J. Brown 13 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 36 649 4
J. Brown 4 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
J. Smith 22 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-8 0 0.0
J. Smith 6-0 0.0 0 0
C. Mosley 57 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
52-25 0 0.0
C. Mosley 4-1 0.0 0 0
B. Carr 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
32-3 1 0.0
B. Carr 4-0 0.0 0 0
K. Young 40 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
38-10 0 2.0
K. Young 3-0 0.0 0 1
C. Clark 36 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-4 0 0.0
C. Clark 3-1 0.0 0 0
T. Suggs 55 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
20-6 0 6.0
T. Suggs 2-1 1.0 0 0
E. Weddle 32 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
45-9 0 1.0
E. Weddle 2-0 0.0 0 0
P. Onwuasor 48 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
23-16 1 3.0
P. Onwuasor 2-0 1.0 0 1
M. Pierce 97 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-9 0 0.0
M. Pierce 1-0 0.0 0 0
Z. Smith 90 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-14 0 6.0
Z. Smith 1-0 1.0 0 0
B. Urban 96 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-8 0 0.0
B. Urban 1-1 0.0 0 0
B. Williams 98 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-10 0 1.0
B. Williams 1-0 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
J. Tucker 9 K
14
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
4/4 2/2
SEASON FG XP
25/27 28/29
J. Tucker 4/4 47 2/2 14
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
S. Koch 4 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 47.3 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
47 47.0 23
S. Koch 3 47.3 1 65
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Moore 10 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 24.0 24 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
13 22.3 39 0
C. Moore 1 24.0 24 0
C. Jones 27 CB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 12.0 12 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 12.0 12 0
C. Jones 1 12.0 12 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Jones 27 CB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 4.0 4 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
19 12.2 140 1
C. Jones 1 4.0 4 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
M. Ryan 2 QB
9
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.5% 131 1 0 87.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
70.9% 3814 25 5 109.3
M. Ryan 16/26 131 1 0 9
M. Sanu 12 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 39.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 39.6
M. Sanu 0/1 0 0 0 3
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
I. Smith 25 RB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 22 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
70 221 4
I. Smith 7 22 0 11 2
T. Coleman 26 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 8 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
128 514 2
T. Coleman 6 8 0 8 0
M. Ryan 2 QB
9
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
24 101 2
M. Ryan 2 4 0 5 9
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
A. Hooper 81 TE
10
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 5 44 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 60 520 4
A. Hooper 5 5 44 1 17 10
M. Sanu 12 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 3 37 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 45 583 3
M. Sanu 4 3 37 0 15 3
C. Ridley 18 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 22 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 50 647 8
C. Ridley 5 3 22 0 10 2
J. Jones 11 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 2 18 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 86 1323 3
J. Jones 8 2 18 0 9 1
R. Gage 83 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 7 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 16 0
R. Gage 1 1 7 0 7 0
T. Coleman 26 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 1 3 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 30 271 5
T. Coleman 3 1 3 0 3 0
I. Smith 25 RB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 22 133 0
I. Smith 1 1 0 0 0 2
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
D. Jones 45 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
13-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-7 1 1.0
D. Jones 13-2 1.0 0 0
F. Oluokun 54 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
45-26 0 0.0
F. Oluokun 6-3 0.0 0 0
R. Alford 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
30-7 0 0.0
R. Alford 5-0 0.0 0 0
S. Neasman 41 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-4 0 0.0
S. Neasman 5-1 0.0 0 0
D. Campbell 59 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
50-19 0 0.0
D. Campbell 5-1 0.0 0 0
G. Jarrett 97 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-18 0 4.0
G. Jarrett 4-2 1.0 0 2
B. Reed 50 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-7 0 1.0
B. Reed 3-0 0.0 0 1
D. Kazee 27 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
45-16 6 0.0
D. Kazee 3-2 0.0 0 0
D. Trufant 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
41-8 0 0.0
D. Trufant 2-1 0.0 0 0
J. Crawford 95 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-9 0 5.0
J. Crawford 2-1 0.0 0 0
V. Beasley 44 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-2 0 3.0
V. Beasley 2-0 0.0 0 0
J. Richards 29 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
24-11 0 0.0
J. Richards 2-2 0.0 0 0
D. Senat 94 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-10 0 0.0
D. Senat 2-1 0.0 0 0
T. McClain 99 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-7 0 1.0
T. McClain 1-0 0.0 0 0
T. McKinley 98 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-4 0 5.0
T. McKinley 1-0 0.0 0 0
B. Poole 34 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
39-13 1 2.0
B. Poole 0-2 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Bryant 3 K
4
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 1/1
SEASON FG XP
15/15 20/21
M. Bryant 1/1 44 1/1 4
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. Bosher 5 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 50.4 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
40 44.6 17
M. Bosher 5 50.4 3 55
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Hardy 14 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 18.0 18 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
15 5.7 18 0
J. Hardy 1 18.0 18 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:32 BAL 25 5:15 9 75 TD
3:15 BAL 29 1:26 3 6 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:33 BAL 37 3:44 6 15 Punt
3:59 BAL 20 0:54 3 8 Punt
1:46 BAL 18 1:40 9 59 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 BAL 25 5:01 10 72 FG
8:39 BAL 13 8:08 14 60 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:03 BAL 16 6:38 13 55 FG
4:18 BAL 25 4:18 8 20 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 ATL 25 5:28 12 49 FG
4:17 ATL 25 1:02 3 -5 Punt
1:49 ATL 20 2:41 7 29 Downs
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:08 ATL 49 2:35 6 23 Fumble
7:48 ATL 10 3:50 7 39 Punt
3:05 BAL 49 1:19 3 -9 Punt
0:06 ATL 25 0:06 1 -1 Half
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:59 ATL 25 1:20 3 9 Punt
0:31 ATL 25 1:28 3 6 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
7:25 ATL 25 0:09 1 -13 Fumble
7:16 ATL 25 2:58 6 75 TD