It was impressive that the Ravens' backups could give the Atlanta starters a tough time in the first half of tonight's final preseason game. The second-team offense, quarterbacked by third-teamer John Beck, drove 91 yards on the first series to the only touchdown of the half.
The second-team defense -- plus Terrell Suggs, who was making his preseason debut -- stopped Matt Ryan in his only series and then held John Parker Wilson in check until Jason Elam kicked a 45-yard field goal at the end of the half.
Suggs was dominating in his brief appearance, collecting three tackles and a sack. Tavares Gooden also got an early sack. The Falcons punted on their first four possessions.
The Ravens' first offensive series featured a lot of Demetrius Williams, who caught three passes for first downs and drew a pass interference for another. Williams, currently working behind Kelley Washington, made a tough catch along the sideline for 19 yards to get the Ravens close.
Beck flipped a short pass to fullback Jason Cook in the flat moments later and Cook went the final 5 yards for a touchdown.
There were some down moments, though. Justin Harper dropped a deep ball from Beck that was perfectly thrown. Cornerback Frank Walker was targeted again and drew two penalties (offside and illegal hands to the face) on the same play.
Linebacker Antwan Barnes forced a fumble and assumed the play was dead, when in fact it wasn't. Wilson retrieved the ball and threw it out of bounds. The defense was guilty of four penalties in the half.