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BALTIMORE -- Matt Ryan looked sharp, Steven Jackson ran the ball well and the Atlanta defence was exceptional in the first half. Chad Kelly Jersey . That, more than the final score, is what the Falcons will take out of their 27-23 preseason loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night. Ryan threw for 97 yards and a touchdown in four series, and the Falcons led by 16 before the Ravens backups rallied with a 20-point fourth quarter. Atlantas starters bounced back nicely from an opening 34-10 loss to Cincinnati one week earlier. Under Ryans direction, the Falcons pierced Baltimore (2-0) for 11 first downs in 16 1/2 minutes and built a 20-7 lead at halftime. The defence limited the defending Super Bowl champions to three first downs and 13 yards rushing before halftime -- a mere 10 by Ray Rice on eight carries. "The feel on the sideline was that there were a number of areas that we improved on as a football team," Atlanta coach Mike Smith said. "Players that were going to be counting on, I think took a big step from Week One to Week Two." It was 23-7 before Baltimore came back against Atlantas subs. After Tyrod Taylor threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Tandon Doss to make it 23-20 with 7:52 left, and Asa Jackson scored on a 78-yard punt return with 6:18 remaining. "Were just happy to come away with the win," Rice said. "Our young guys are really improving. Thats special to us." Ryan went 8 for 15 and threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Julio Jones. "We were better this week than we were last, and thats what you want to do in the preseason, you want to continue to get better," Ryan said. "Again, weve got a long way to go, but it was a good start." Steven Jackson had 42 yards rushing on eight carries against a defensive unit that has seven new starters. "Having success tonight is great for our confidence," he said. "Weve been working on the chemistry between the running back and the offensive line, and we feel the hard work showed tonight." The Ravens, conversely, were embarrassed by the easy fashion in which the Falcons moved downfield. "That was not us," Ravens defensive co-ordinator Dean Pees said at halftime. "Thats not how we play. Our fundamentals were not what they should be." Baltimores offence wasnt much better. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco played the first half, completing 7 of 9 passes 118 yards, including a 77-yard touchdown pass to Torrey Smith. But over the first 30 minutes, the Ravens got only 54 yards on 18 plays besides the pass to Smith. "That first half was about as poorly as we can play," sixth-year coach John Harbaugh said. "I cant remember us playing worse since we came here." Atlanta had its way with Baltimores defence, even though receiver Roddy White hurt his ankle in the first quarter and did not return. "We made the decision that Roddy was not going to come back in the ballgame," Smith said, refusing to address the particulars of the injury. After going three and out on the opening series, Flacco put the Ravens up 7-3 with a touchdown pass to Smith, who cut across the middle of the field from the right side and outran Asante Samuel to the end zone. Atlanta bounced right back, moving 80 yards in seven plays to take a 10-7 lead. Jones burned cornerback Jimmy Smith for three catches totalling 55 yards, including an 8-yard touchdown play. In the first quarter, the Falcons ran 21 plays compared to seven for Baltimore and built a 10-1 advantage in first downs. "We were just sloppy. We never got into a rhythm," Flacco said. "The one drive we did score on, it was just one play." A field goal by Jeremy Shelley and a 2-yard run by Jacquizz Rodgers made it 20-7. Last season, the Ravens held opponents under 20 points in nine games (including two in the playoffs). In their preseason opener, they hammered Tampa Bay 44-16. This game was decidedly different. "This was good for us. A little humble pie," linebacker Terrell Suggs said. "We had a lot of success last week, with everything pretty much going our way. Atlanta is a very good team, and you cant make the mistakes we did. Its that simple." Guard Jah Reid said, "Well learn from it, well watch film from it and well get better from it." NOTES: Falcons backup quarterback Dominique Davis went 8 for 10 for 98 yards. ... Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez was scratched because hes participating in only portions of training camp as part of his agreement to postpone his retirement. ... Baltimore played without tight end Dallas Clark, who signed a one-year contract on Tuesday. Visanthe Shiancoe, another newcomer at tight end, did not have a catch.Brendan Langley Womens Jersey . Watch the action live on TSN and listen on TSN 1050 Radio beginning at 7pm et/4pm pt. The Raptors maintained their spot atop the Atlantic Friday after defeating the Wizards, 96-88, for their second win in a row. Carlos Henderson Womens Jersey . Its the second straight year he has decided not to play as he cuts back his schedule. Stricker was replaced in the field by Ryo Ishikawa of Japan.Alex Bilodeau won the gold medal in mens moguls at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games on Monday and his teammate Mikaël Kingsbury grabbed the silver. The bronze medal went to a Russian skier, Alexander Smyshlyaev, to the delight of the crowd. A third Canadian skier, Marc-Antoine Gagnon, finished just off the podium in fourth place. Bilodeau, the champion four years ago in Vancouver, becomes the first man to ever successfully defend the mens Olympic moguls crown. Hes also the first Canadian athlete to defend an Olympic crown in any event since speed skater Catriona Le May Doan won gold in the 500 metres in both 1998 and 2002. Worlds best "I knew I had done everything to get ready," Bilodeau told CBC after his victory. "I knew I had to put the pressure on that young kid whos so good," referring to his teammate, Kingsbury. "I went for the best run of my career," he said. Bilodeau and Kingsbury came in as heavy favourites, having spent much of the last few years trading places atop the world rankings. The 26-year-old Bilodeau was the gold medallist four years ago in Vancouver. But Kingsbury, 21, was the reigning world champion. "It means a lot," Kingsbury said of his silver medal. "I did a great run, just a little mistakee. Garett Bolles Womens Jersey. Alex totally deserved it [and] Im super proud of myself to have the silver medal." The gold and silver bookends a very successful week of freestyle skiing for Canada at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park in Sochi. Sisters Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe took gold and silver in the womens final on Saturday night, clasping hands and fighting back tears as their parents screamed from the stands. On Monday, it was Bilodeaus family doing the crying and celebrating, with his parents and his brother Frederic in attendance, cheering him on. "Mikaël is in my mind when I ski but my brother is in my mind all the time," Bilodeau said. The two brothers embraced near the finish line after the event ended. Although he was favoured to medal, the day got off to a rough start for Bilodeau. At one point he sat in eighth place, barely passing the cutoff to move on to the next round. But he found his game in subsequent rounds before saving his best performance for the final. His last run was awarded the highest score of 26.31, but there was still one skier to come — his teammate and rival, Mikaël Kingsbury. Kingsbury performed a solid run in his final run. 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