Following that lovely interception courtesy of the infallible Brent Grimes, the Falcons offense got back on the horse to give it another try against the Baltimore defense. Redman again looked controlled and efficient, spreading it around on dump off passes to Jacquizz Rodgers, Harry Douglas, and Eric Weems. 'Quizz put a really nice move on a Ravens LB on his catch and run, and continues to look impressive this preseason.
However, the offensive line again let us down on a third-and-six. Joe Hawley got absolutely embarassed by Parnell McPhee and it ultimately resulted in another sack of Chris Redman. All I can say is I wish Todd McClure the speediest of recoveries. On the bright side, Matt Bosher booted a really nice 52-yard punt. Then again, the special teams unit allowed yet another big return, this one a 33-yarder saved only by an Eric Weems tackle.
On the following drive, Kroy Biermann notched a nice tackle for loss on third-string QB Hunter Cantwell. Kroy looks like a man on a mission, and this Falcons DE rotation could be a dangerous unit this year. The linebacking corps also looked really strong against the run, albeit this was Jalen Parmele and not Ray Rice. A 57-yard field goal attempt by Billy Cundiff fell short and kept the game scoreless with a little over one minute left in the quarter.
A Falcons three-and-out and more offensive inefficiency from the Ravens brought the first quarter to an end. I warned you about this whole "preseason football" thing, didn't I? S-l-o-p-p-y. Game still tied 0-0.
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