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Ravens go on the defensive, cruise past skidding Falcons 29-7 for 4th win in 5 games

  • Baltimore Ravens tight end Owen Daniels spikes the ball after scoring a touchdown in the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

    Baltimore Ravens tight end Owen Daniels spikes the ball after scoring a touchdown in the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)  (The Associated Press)

  • Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, left, looks for a receiver as he is pressured in the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

    Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, left, looks for a receiver as he is pressured in the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)  (The Associated Press)

  • Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, left, rushes out of bounds in front of Baltimore Ravens free safety Terrence Brooks in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, left, rushes out of bounds in front of Baltimore Ravens free safety Terrence Brooks in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)  (The Associated Press)

Elvis Dumervil and Pernell McPhee each had two sacks, part of a dominant defensive performance that carried the Baltimore Ravens past the Atlanta Falcons 29-7 Sunday.

Baltimore (5-2) led 17-0 at halftime and coasted to its second straight blowout win. The Ravens beat Tampa Bay 48-17 last week.

The Falcons (2-5) averted their first shutout loss since December 2004 when Matt Ryan connected with Roddy White for a 4-yard touchdown with 7:12 remaining to make it 20-7. It was Atlanta's first fourth-quarter score in five games.

Terrell Suggs sacked Ryan for a safety with 3:39 left and Joe Flacco threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Torrey Smith on a fourth-and-9 to seal Baltimore's fourth win in five games.

The Ravens allowed only four first downs in the pivotal first half and finished with five sacks in dealing the Falcons their fourth straight defeat.

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