The Ravens offense had success in the first half, both on the ground and through the air. However, with a bogus illegal formation penalty against John Urschel by the refs on the first drive, and Flacco under-throwing a wide open Chris Givens on the next, the Ravens were only able to put up 3 points on a Justin Tucker 44 yard field goal in the first quarter. The Ravens were able to add on the second quarter, marching down the field in the second quarter, with an 84 yard drive that culminated in a 14 yard Justin Forsett touchdown.
On the other side of the ball, the defense has had trouble holding up their end early. Despite some success getting pressure on Palmer, John Brown already victimized Jimmy Smith twice in the first quarter and was able to open up some room for Michael Floyd too. The Ravens biggest issue though, has been tackling. Jimmy Smith missed an early tackle on Brown, and then Chris Johnson broke tackles by Elvis Dumervil and Bryden Trawick with Jimmy Smith taking a bad angle as Johnson bounced a carry outside and ran it into the end zone for a 26-yard touchdown.
However, the Ravens rush defense settled down after the touchdown run and started looking like their usual stout self, and besides the usual Dean Pees soft coverage, this looked like defense we have come to know and hate. They forced a Cardinals punt after Sam Koch pinned them deep in the second, with Will Hill laying a hit on tight end Jermaine Gresham causing him to drop a perfect Carson Palmer pass, preventing a huge gain on 3rd down. This led to the aforementioned drive and Forsett touchdown.
The Ravens though would find a way to mess this up too though. A Jeremy Ross fumble on a punt with about 4 minutes left in the half gave the ball to the Cardinals, together with an Asa Jackson unnecessary roughness penalty which put them in the red zone. A bad pass interference call on Lardarius Webb gave Arizona the ball on the doorstep, and they converted on a 3rd down pass from Palmer to Michael Floyd, giving the Cardinals a 14-10 halftime lead.