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Ravens vs. Falcons: Handing out Awards for Atlanta's Preseason Debut

The first preseason game is in the books for the Atlanta Falcons.

The Falcons hosted the Baltimore Ravens Thursday at the Georgia Dome and took a beating, 31-17.

Don't read too much into the score if you're a Falcons fan. Baltimore did its damage in the second half against the non-starters. The Falcons took a 17-7 lead into the half and then took most of the first- and second-string players out of the game.

Atlanta's Matt Ryan-led offense seemingly moved the ball at will. The new Mike Nolan defense, with the starters in the game, slowed the Ravens to a slug-like slither.

The Falcons coaching staff will begin grading player performances Friday, for both the starters and the reserves. But there's no time like the present here at Bleacher Report.

Here are some superlatives from Thursday's game.

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