The Falcons couldn't run the ball yet again, nor could they get their passing game going against an aggressive Ravens defense.
The Atlanta offense had its worst game of the year.
"Our defense, they're rolling", Jackson said. The NFL's receiving leader has been torching defenses all season to the tune of 1,305 receiving yards, and Jones will try to continue his elite work against a Ravens defense that has allowed just 295.4 yards per game to opposing offenses. Though the D-linemen didn't spend a lot of time dancing in the backfield, they took care of business when they were on the field and stayed fresh while the offense clearly dominated time of possession. The change comes at a hard part of the season, as the Ravens are in the playoff hunt and will now look to their rookie standout as the guy to lead them there.
"The defensive line did a great job of containing the run", linebacker C.J. Mosley said. "You can go back to the old Air Force offense, or what Navy does down there with Ken [Niumatalolo]".
Atlanta Quarterback Matt Ryan was 16 of 26 for 131 yards and went down three times on sacks. The only times he threw for fewer yards were in 2009, when he passed for 15 yards against Tampa Bay before being knocked out of the game with a toe injury, and a 106-yard performance in the 2011 regular-season finale, also against the Buccaneers, when the Falcons built a big lead and rested their starters heading into the playoffs.
"We're going to face, arguably, the best offense in the league on Sunday", Harbaugh said. "That's a tough pill to swallow". The rookie signal-caller would have to pass concussion protocol regardless, though.
"I didn't want to put my defense back out there on the field without us putting up any points", Jackson said.
Ravens Kicker Justin Tucker made four field goals on the day.
"Golly", said Ravens safety Eric Weddle who found himself matched up with Falcons star receiver Julio Jones on the play. The Falcons running game struggled all afternoon, accounting for just 34 yards on 15 carries.
The Falcons, now tied for last in the NFC South, have had trouble taking flight this season.
The only excitement was provided by defensive end Vic Beasley, who picked up a fumble after Grady Jackson knocked the ball loose from Jackson. He's sure taken advantage of his opportunity.
The Ravens even trotted out backup quarterback Robert Griffin III, who hadn't played since the last week of the 2016 season.
Falcons: TE Logan Paulsen went out in the second quarter with a knee injury.
Ravens: Play their second straight road game at AFC West-leading Kansas City. One play later, they were facing a deficit in Atlanta.