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The Ravens’ ensuing drive began at their 28 instead. Eight plays later, Baltimore took a one-point lead with barely a minute remaining.

Like Weems against the Ravens, Atlanta strong safety William Moore was bailed out by his teammates in the Nov. 7 win over Tampa Bay. He was flagged for pass interference, but free safety ended the Bucs’ chances a few plays later by stuffing running back LeGarrette Blount on fourth-and-1 at the 2.

“It can cut both ways,” Moore said. “I’ve been fortunate to be in position to make some good plays on defense (with four interceptions), but I’m not perfect, and sometimes we make mistakes. What killed me was that the pass interference call came in the fourth quarter.”

That’s because Smith is always preaching about avoiding penalties that are less timely than others.

“We place a big emphasis on staying in a positive direction,” Falcons receiver Harry Douglas said. “When you start going negative, that’s when you find more losses.”