ATLANTA (AP) -- Michael Vick was sacked a couple of times and
fumbled during his brief time on the field.
That's OK. At least he didn't get hurt.
Ed Hartwell intercepted a pass against his former team and
another Atlanta newcomer, Todd Peterson, kicked three field goals
to lead the Falcons past the Baltimore Ravens 16-3 in a preseason
game Saturday night.
Vick played two eventful series in the first quarter, then
called it a night. In a 2003, the quarterback broke his leg in a
preseason game against the Ravens, costing him the first 11 weeks
of the regular season while Atlanta tumbled to 5-11.
"That shook me up a little bit," Vick said. "Now, I'm trying
to protect myself. I'll do anything possible, whether it's getting
the ball out of my hand or going down if I have to. If I've got to
take the sack, I'll take the sack."
He took two against the Ravens. The first came after Hartwell
bit the team he played with the last four seasons. Kyle Boller
threw a terrible pass right to the middle linebacker, who returned
the interception to the Baltimore 14.
"I knew I wasn't going to have many plays," said Hartwell, the
Falcons' most prominent free agent signing. "I wanted to make an
Now, he looks forward to chatting with Ray Lewis and some of his
"It's nothing personal with those guys. We're all friends,"
Hartwell said. "But I've got bragging rights for the next year,
point blank. I can brag. They can't."
The Falcons couldn't do much with Hartwell's big play. A
breakdown in protection left Tommy Polley free to sack Vick -- with
Lewis also bearing down -- and Atlanta settled for Peterson's
29-yard field goal.
Detmer is the Falcons' third-string quarterback; Anelli is a
fourth-string tight end and a long shot to make the team.
Peterson, a former Georgia kicker who signed with the Falcons
during the offseason to replace Jay Feely, also connected from 34
and 27 yards. He missed a 46-yarder.
Vick directed a 78-yard drive on the Falcons' second possession.
He completed two passes for 32 yards and benefited from a 32-yard
pass-interference call on Chris McAlister.
But Deion Sanders showed he's still got a little Prime Time in
him. The 37-year-old cornerback caught Vick on a blitz, knocking
the ball loose and recovering it himself at the Ravens 18.
"I'm not shy about my game," Sanders said. "That's why I'm
here. That's why your microphone is in front of me. I make plays."
The fumble was Vick's last play. He was replaced on the next
series by Matt Schaub.
The Falcons (2-0) remained unbeaten in the preseason after
beating Indianapolis in the Japan Bowl last week. This was
Baltimore's first game, and it showed.
"Our intensity was good. We ran the ball really well. Our
physicality was good," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. "We made
a lot of little mistakes that should not have happened."
Stover's competition, rookie Rhys Lloyd, had a 39-yarder blocked
by Junior Glymph in the third quarter.
"We're continuing to jell," Boller said. "A couple of weeks
down the road, we'll have the chemistry."
The Ravens held out Atlanta native Jamal Lewis, who had reported
to camp earlier in the week. The former 2,000-yard rusher is coming
off ankle surgery and recently completed his sentence for a
5-year-old cocaine deal: four months in prison and two months at a
Chester Taylor filled in as the starter, carrying eight times
for 55 yards.
Roddy White, the Falcons' first-round draft pick, landed
awkwardly on his right foot after making a catch in the final
period. He stayed in the game but later walked to the locker room,
having removed his right shoe and sock.
White described his injury as a high ankle sprain and said he'll
probably miss at least one or two days of practice -- a setback for
the rookie who is still learning the offense.
"It was hurting pretty bad," he said, "but I didn't want to
come out of the game."
The best receiver at the Georgia Dome watched from a
fourth-row seat behind the Falcons' bench. Philadelphia's Terrell
Owens, who was kicked out of camp for a week after a heated dispute
with Eagles coach Andy Reid, lives in Atlanta and has plenty of
time on his hands until Wednesday. ... Baltimore third-string QB
Derek Anderson lost a fumble that led to an Atlanta field goal and
threw an interception deep in Atlanta territory late in the game.