What You Missed In Falcons Game


The Ravens picked up their second-straight victory in dominating fashion, as they beat the Atlanta Falcons 29-7 Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium.

But there are some things you may have missed.

Here's a film breakdown of some key plays of the game (mobile users tap "View in browser" to view the film screen grabs).

All of these plays were viewed using NFL Game Rewind, which is available for fans to purchase.

Three Blockers Take On Mosley, McPhee Slides Inside


Pernell McPhee's strip-sack in the first quarter was a game-changing play for the Ravens. The Falcons were on the move and threatening to tie the game at seven when McPhee sacked quarterback Matt Ryan inside Baltimore's red-zone. The play displayed McPhee's impressive athleticism, and the respect teams are showing rookie linebacker C.J. Mosley. McPhee lined up to the right of Mosley at the start of the play, and then quickly slid behind him as Mosley blitzed. The Falcons had three players block Mosley – the center, left guard and running back – which left a wide open path for McPhee to get to Ryan and cause the turnover.

Here's the play in action below:

Later in the game, McPhee picks up his second sack by simply beating a pair of Falcons defenders off the ball. He runs past left tackle Jake Matthews (the No. 6 overall pick) and then overpowers veteran left guard Justin Blalock.

Precise Passing Game


Quarterback Joe Flacco and tight end Owen Daniels are clearly starting to develop a rhythm. Daniels has great knowledge of this offense, and he illustrated that on Baltimore's first touchdown of the game. He found the soft spot between three defenders in the middle of the defense, and Flacco started to throw the ball before Daniels had even turned to look. Daniels' emergence is critical for this offense, especially when it comes to quick passing plays like this in the red zone.

Rick Wagner Dominating


Remember when people were concerned about Rick Wagner starting at right tackle this season? That seems like forever ago. The second-year lineman has been rock-solid all season for the Ravens, and he's proving to be a road grader in run blocking. Wagner opened a big hole for running back Justin Forsett on this second-half run, which went for 10 yards. The Falcons stacked the box with nine defenders, but Wagner pushed the safety five yards off the ball to open a big running lane. The block showed Wagner's strength and speed, as he overpowered a much quicker defender to spring Forsett on the run.

Hurst Beat On Inside Moves, Catches On


Rookie left tackle had a rough day early in Sunday's game, as he was flagged for three holding calls in the first half. Hurst, who is playing in place of injured starter Eugene Monroe, was beat by Falcons defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi on inside moves. On both of those early holding calls, Hurst grabbed the defender to keep him from getting to Flacco. "My feet were behind and I just didn't want to give up the hit or anything, so I felt like I had to hold onto him," Hurst said. The rookie settled into more of a groove in the second half, and the third photo shows how he adjusted to those inside moves from the Falcons later in the game.

Will Hill Not Just Deep Safety


Will Hill made his Baltimore debut Sunday, and it was an impressive start for the talented safety. He played just 22 snaps on defense, but he made them count. He also showed that he's more than just a free safety who likes to defend the back half of the secondary against the pass. The photos above show a key tackle that Hill made in the second half against running back Antone Smith. Hill was initially blocked by Matthews, but he shrugged off the block by the big offensive lineman to get the edge and make the tackle for a 1-yard loss. Had Hill been blocked out of the play, Smith had room to run and could have turned upfield for a big gain.

Earlier in the game, Hill also showed off his blitzing ability when he had a wide open path to quarterback Matt Ryan. He forced a quick throw by Ryan and still delivered the first hit of the game on Ryan.

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