What a great game.
I couldn’t stop saying it and on the way back to the car, but Maureen suggested 2 other home games in Ravens
’ history with that sort of drama. The 44-41 win over Seattle in 2003 was a bigger comeback that featured a litany of extraordinary plays. Similarly, the win over Jacksonville in 2000 capped by Sharpe’s game winning TD was the milestone first win over what was thought to be the biggest divisional obstacle at the time.
I’ll watch all 3 of these games many more times and am in no hurry to pick a favorite.
For the OL grades and analysis:
Other Offensive Notes:
rushed 5 just 4 times on Flacco’s 39 drop backs. 32 times they rushed 4, 3 times they rushed 3 and they did not send a single deceptive rush. Unlike the game against the Eagles
, the Ravens effectively handled this plain pass rush, providing Flacco with ATS on 27 of 39 plays (69%)
With ATS, Flacco completed 20 of 27 throws for 323 yards, 2 TDs and 1 INT (12.0 YPP).
Without ATS he was 8 of 12 for 59 yards (4.9 YPP) with 1 TD and 0 INT. Both the ATS and non-ATS statistics are excellent.
For the season, Flacco now has 4 TD and 0 INT without ATS.
In addition to the interception, Flacco began the game in frustrating fashion by throwing his first 4 passes on 3rd down short of the sticks. Arrington tackled Boldin for a 5 yard gain over the middle on 3rd and 6 (11:39). Dickson was taken down for a 3-yard gain by the right sideline on 3rd and 5 (Q1, 5:55), Flacco threw an incomplete 2-yard pass to Rice on 3rd and 6 that was negated by a pass interference by Mayo, and only Boldin’s 5 YAC via extension converted 3rd and 13 (Q2, 11:28).
’s list of accomplishments was long. He dislodged an interception from McCourty (Q1, 0:30) on an overthrow 40 yards down the right sideline. Still on the same drive (Q2, 9:53) he went up high over Arrington for his first TD from 25 yards out. He caught a pass 20 yards from the LoS in front of McCourty (Q3, 12:18) which he then advanced for 12 YAC by avoiding McCourty and Gregory. Could Sterling Moore cover him? No, he got behind him for a 38-yard grab down the left sideline (Q3, 6:43) despite a hold from Moore. He again beat McCourty for a TD falling to the right side of the end zone (Q4, 4:08) to set up the Ravens final defensive stand.
The Ravens twice attempted their signature zone blocking play with a boot. Each time, Flacco was forced to check down (Q1, 7:01 and Q2, 6:36) for gains of 2 and 1 respectively.
Dickson made good run blocks on consecutive plays on the Ravens first TD drive. He kicked out Ninkovich to clear a lane for Rice’s 8 yard run (Q2, 10:53) and followed that with another block of Ninkovich on Rice’s 5-yard carry (Q2, 10:27)
remains a poor pass blocker, but had a rare pancake on a chip block (Q2, 3:44).
had 5 nice plays in 5 times he was targeted:
After Boldin Cleared out Chung, Jones caught a pass 18 yards downfield near the left hash and raced for 23 YAC. As he went down he turtled to protect the football something I always liked about Derrick Mason
He failed to get his 2nd foot in for what would have been a 35-yard gain down the right sideline on McCourty’s forceout (Q3, 12:26).
He caught a ball between the numbers and the left hash for 21 yards, including 9 YAC (Q4, 6:11).
He made a 24-yard reception in front of McCourty down the right sideline (Q4, 1:55) on the first play of the game-winning drive.
He positioned himself well for Flacco’s 20-yard throw down the right sideline and drew a pass interference flag on McCourty (Q4, 0:55) to set up the winning kick 2 plays later.
The Ravens won despite allowing a franchise record 33 first downs, including 8 by penalty.
With the short week and travel, I’ll be unable to produce a review of the defense this week.
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