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Painter’s 3 Touchdowns Lead Ravens Over Falcons 31-17

Deonte Thompson (83)hauls in a pass from Curtis Painter.

Backup Curtis Painter is fighting for a job with the Baltimore Ravens.

Currently, he sits at Third on the depth chart but he made a strong case for himself to stick on the roster as he threw three touchdown passes in the second half to lead Baltimore over Atlanta 31-17 in the first exhibition game of the 2012 season.

The game matched two franchise quarterbacks from the 2008 NFL draft in Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco. Both have been wildly successful in the regular season but it is Flacco who holds in the edge in the playoff victories and appearances between the two.

Ryan was out quickly on the first drive of the evening hitting Julio Jones on a tough catch in the endzone from 6 yards out to take a 7-0 lead. After a quick three and out by the Ravens, Ryan’s offense was knocking on the door again on the Baltimore Fifteen yard line. But the momentum was shut down when Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo stepped in front of the route for the interception.

At the start of the Second Quarter Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers rushed for a two yards touchdown to push the lead to 14-0.

After struggling for much of the First Quarter, Flacco finally got so momentum rolling and capped an 11 play, 77 yard drive with a 9 yd strike to Ed Dickson over the middle to make it 14-7. Despite early troubles he finished the night 9 of 12 for 88 yards and a score. Ryan was slightly better, 9 for 13 for 155 and a touchdown.

Atlanta’s Matt Bryant’s 31-yard field goal gave Atlanta a 17-7 halftime lead.

In the Second Half the Baltimore defense was opportunistic and Painter made Atlanta pay. A fumbled handoff by Atlanta third-string quarterback John Parker Wilson at the Falcons 10 was recovered by Baltimore’s Omar Brown midway in the third period.

Three plays later, Painter threw a 4-yard pass to newly signed vet Billy Bajema for a 17-17 tie.

Painter’s second score was a 22-yard pass to a streaking wideout Deonte Thompson late in the third quarter which gave Baltimore the lead for good.

Omar Brown, the undrafted free agent out of Marshall wasn’t finished as he intercepted the first pass thrown by Atlanta fourth-stringer Dominique Davis to set up Painter’s 18-yard TD pass to Bobby Rainey in the fourth quarter. Brown also recovered a fumble by Aron White following a catch later in the fourth quarter.

Baltimore will play it’s second Pre-season game¬†on ¬†Friday August 17th against the Detroit Lions.

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