Matt Bryant kicked a field goal from 57 yards out in the second quarter. The field goal was no good with the ball hitting the crossbar with a thud and falling to the ground as if signifying the end of the Atlanta Falcons' season.
The Falcons dropped to 2-5 on the season - and 0-4 on the road - after losing 29-7 to the Baltimore Ravens. It's Atlanta's fourth consecutive loss after starting the season 2-1 with wins over two divisional opponents.
Atlanta was unable to get anything going offensively for the entirety of the game and that inability to generate yards and points stemmed directly from being unable to protect Matt Ryan. The Falcons quarterback was sacked five times, including once for a safety. Ryan faced pressure on nearly drop back.
The Falcons went four of 15 on third down, displaying the same ineptitude on that key down for the past three games. Atlanta didn't convert its first third down until nine minutes left in third quarter.
It didn't help matters that another offensive lineman was lost: center Peter Konz. The 2012 second round pick was carted off with an apparent left leg injury in the first quarter.
It was only the second time Ryan squared off Joe Flacco, the only other quarterback taken in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft.
Last time Atlanta and Baltimore met in the regular season, the day belonged to Ryan as he connected with Roddy White for a game-winning 33-yard touchdown to give the Falcons a 26-21 victory in the Georgia Dome.
It was Flacco's turn here. Despite throwing two interceptions to Robert Alford, Flacco officially put the game away after finding Torrey Smith for a 39-yard touchdown on a fourth-and-nine with under two minutes left in the game.
Flacco came into today's game fresh off throwing a career-high five touchdowns - all in the first half - last week en route to a 48-17 beat down of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Heading into the game, the Falcons hadn't scored in the fourth quarter in the past four games. On this day, Atlanta's only points came in the fourth quarter on a 10-play, 90-yard drive that was capped off with a four-yard touchdown to White.
The Falcons were first to receive and proceeded to go three-and-out.
The Ravens went 52 yards in five plays - in large part to a 36-yard pass interference penalty on Robert Alford - to take a 7-0 lead. They would add 10 more points to take a 17-0 lead into halftime. Atlanta had just 61 yards after two quarters.
Atlanta had its opportunities. Jacoby Jones muffed a punt late in the second quarter, but the turnover resulted in Bryant's missed 57-yard field goal. Baltimore turned the short field into three points.
Next up for the Falcons is a "home" game against the Detroit Lions in London. Tally-ho.
Jonathan Massaquoi was a terror. No exaggeration here: every time he's called to rush, good things happen. He also had two tackles for loss. That means don't waste plays putting him into coverage. It's nonsensical. It begs the question why he didn't see more snaps much earlier in the season.
Miraculously, this year's offensive line may be worse than last year's. Granted, there are way more injuries, but the fact remains.
Roddy White broke Terance Mathis' franchise record for touchdown receptions. The new record is set at 58.