Sloppy play and untimely miscues contributed to Baltimore's 34-27 loss to Carolina at M&T Bank Stadium Thursday night's third preseason game.
Baltimore committed four turnovers in the contest, which directly led to three of Carolina's four touchdowns. The fourth Panthers' touchdown came on a 74-yard punt return from Ted Ginn, Jr. in the first quarter.
The defense held Carolina's offense to just six points (two field goals) and 173 total yards. The Panthers were only able to pass for 98 yards after sacks factored in.
The Ravens opened the game with a nine-play, 69-yard drive that resulted in a Ray Rice 1-yard touchdown. From there, the offense was erratic.
Joe Flacco threw his first interception early in the second quarter, looking for Tandon Doss on an out-route. Doss cut the route up, which exposed the ball to Carolina's Drayton Florence, who took the play 71 yards for a touchdown. On Baltimore's next drive, Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly forced a fumble from Ravens running back Bernard Pierce, with linebacker Thomas Davis recovering the ball and scoring from two yards out.
The Panthers added a field goal before the first half ended, giving them a 24-7 advantage.
The Ravens second touchdown of the game came at the 7:46 mark of the third quarter, with undrafted rookie receiver Marlon Brown catching a tight pass from 24 yards out. Brown finished with four receptions for 59 yards and a score.
Carolina's third defensive score came late in the third quarterback, when backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor threw a pick to D.J. Moore that was returned 33 yards for a touchdown.
Baltimore outgained Carolina 357 to 173 in total yardage.
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