Ravens fall in Atlanta 26-21 as defense buckles once again

November 12, 2010 | Drew Forrester

Sometimes the football gods get involved and make sure the team that was supposed to win winds up winning.

That’s what happened in Atlanta on Thursday night. On the whole, the Ravens didn’t play hard enough, smart enough or error-free enough to deserve the win.

Despite a heroic 4th quarter effort and a late TD catch that gave the Ravens a 21-20 lead, John Harbaugh’s team wound up paying for a lethargic first half when the Falcons got a Roddy White touchdown with 20 seconds to play to win 26-21 and drop Baltimore to 6-3 on the season.

It was one of those nights when it never looked like the Ravens were going to win until they took the lead with 1:05 to play. And then it came down to the Baltimore defense, needing just one stop to give the visitors an improbable road victory.

But this isn’t that old reliable Ravens defense we all grew to know and love 10 years ago.

This defense is vulnerable. Suspect. Shaky.

And when Roddy White hauled in the 33 yard game-winning score over a fallen and overmatched Josh Wilson, the shocking conclusion cemented once and for all