Backups defeat Ravens
Despite a late fourth quarter drive, the Falcons prevailed in their fourth and final preseason matchup by defeating the Baltimore Ravens 13-10. Rookie Chris Houston’s interception with less than a minute to go sealed the win for the Falcons. The Falcons finish the preseason with a 3-1 record. Most of the Falcons starters and top reserves did not play, allowing many of the bubble players to get final chances to make an impression.
Chris Redman got the start, passing for 119 yards. He completed 13 of 23 passes with a touchdown. Casey Bramlet subbed in the third quarter, completing 4 of 7 passes for 68 yards. Jason Snelling led Falcons rushers for the fourth straight week, finishing with 50 yards on 11 carries. Justin Vincent (10 carries for 25 yards), Arlen Harris (8 carries for 18 yards), and Jerious Norwood (7 carries for 11 yards) all received reps as well. Vincent Marshall, Jerious Norwood, and Eric Weems led the team with 3 receptions each for 73, 29, and 19 yards respectively. Sixteen of Norwood’s yards came on a first quarter touchdown reception, the lone offensive score for thee Falcons all night.
Defensively, the Falcons reserves played pretty solid. They limited the Ravens to 45 yards on the ground in 19 attempts (2.4 avg) and also recorded 5 sacks and recovered 2 fumbles. Chris Houston led the team with 8 tackles. Marcus Wlkins (6 tackles, 1 sack), Jimmy Williams (5 tackles, 1 fumble recovery), Antoine Harris (3 tackles), Paul Carrington (2 tackles, 1 sack), Tommy Jackson (2 tackles, 1 sack), Josh Mallard (2 tackles, 1 sack), and Travis Williams (1 tackle, 1 sack) had notable performances.
On special teams, Matt Prater connected on 2 of 3 field goal attempts, making 33 and 45 yard attempts, but missing a 44-yard attempt. He also handled kickoffs as well, putting 3 of his 4 kickoffs in the endzone with 2 touchbacks. Michael Koenen had 6 punts for an average of 45.8 yards with 3 placed inside the 20-yard line. Eric Weems returned 2 kickoffs for an average of 30.5 yards, and Otis Amey had 4 punt returns for 9.3 yard average.
The Falcons will have to finalize their roster, reducing it from 75 to 53 players by tomorrow afternoon. The Falcons will then travel to Minnesota to face off against the Vikings in Week 1 of the regular season.