Matt Bryant’s 57-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter bounced off the crossbar with a doink as if to signify the end of the Atlanta Falcons’ 2014 season.
The Falcons extended their losing streak to four after coming up short 29-7 to the Baltimore Ravens. Atlanta is now 2-5 with an 0-4 record on the road.
Atlanta was unable to get anything going offensively. Matt Ryan was constantly under fire, being sacked five times including once for a safety.
The Falcons converted only four of 15 third down attempts, displaying the same ineptitude on that key down for the past three games now. They didn’t convert a third down until nine minutes left in third quarter.
It didn’t help matters that another offensive lineman was lost: center Peter Konz. The 2012 second round pick was carted off with an apparent left leg injury in the first quarter.
It was only the second time Ryan squared off Joe Flacco, the other quarterback taken in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft.
Last time Atlanta and Baltimore met in the regular season, the day belonged to Ryan as he connected with Roddy White for a game-winning 33-yard touchdown to give the Falcons a 26-21 victory in the Georgia Dome.
It was Flacco’s turn here. Despite throwing two interceptions to Robert Alford, Flacco officially put the game away after finding Torrey Smith for a 39-yard touchdown on a fourth-and-nine with under two minutes left in the game.
Flacco came into today’s game fresh off throwing a career-high five touchdowns – all in the first half – last week en route to a 48-17 beat down of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Falcons hadn’t scored in the fourth quarter in the past four games, being outscored 49-0 in that stretch. However, Atlanta’s only points came in the fourth quarter on a 10-play, 90-yard drive that was capped off with a four-yard touchdown pass to Roddy White.
Atlanta took the opening kick and went three-and-out.
Baltimore took the ball down the field 52 yards in five plays – in large part to a 36-yard pass interference penalty on Robert Alford – to take a 7-0 lead.
At the half, the Ravens held a 17-0 lead over the Falcons. Atlanta had generated just 61 yards of offense at that point.
Next up for the Falcons is a “home” game against the Detroit Lions in London’s Wembly Stadium.. Tally-ho.
Jonathan Massaquoi was a terror. Every time he’s called to rush, good things happen. He also had two tackles for loss in the run game. His performance over the past two games begs the question: Why he didn’t see more snaps much earlier in the season?
Miraculously, this year’s offensive line may be worse than last year’s. Of course, having to place five starting offensive linemen isn’t exactly ideal.
Roddy White broke Terance Mathis’ franchise record for touchdown receptions. The new record is now set at 58.