Falcons Beat Ravens 26-21 to Become First NFL Team to Log Seven Wins

Roddy White scored on a 33-yard pass from Matt Ryan with 20 seconds to play as the Atlanta Falcons beat the Baltimore Ravens 26-21 to become the first National Football League team to log seven wins this season.

White scored his second touchdown of the fourth quarter 45 seconds after the Ravens took the lead for the only time in the game. Baltimore scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to overcome a 20-7 deficit and led 21-20 with 1:05 to play.

“If you like football, like intense football, that was it,” Falcons coach Mike Smith told reporters. “That might have been the most intense game I’ve ever been involved with at any level of football.”

After a scoreless first quarter, Atlanta opened a 10-0 lead at halftime through a Jason Snelling touchdown and Matt Bryant field goal. The Falcons were 13-0 ahead before Anquan Boldin made it 13-7 at the end of the third quarter.

White extended Atlanta’s lead to 20-7 with 11:34 to play and the score remained unchanged until Derrick Mason collected a 6-yard scoring pass from Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco with 5:42 remaining. Todd Heap then put Baltimore ahead 21-20 on a 9-yard touchdown pass from Flacco 4 minutes, 37 seconds later.

On Atlanta’s final drive, Michael Jenkins controlled a 24- yard pass from Ryan with his fingertips on a 3rd-and-10 play. Ryan found White for the decisive score five plays later.

The Falcons, undefeated in five games at home this season, improved to a league-best 7-2 record while the Ravens fell to 6- 3.

White caught 12 passes for 138 yards for the Falcons, while Ryan completed 34 of 50 attempts for 316 yards.

“It was an exciting playoff atmosphere,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh told reporters. “I like the way our guys fought back.”

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