The Ravens loss to New Orleans in Week 7 is one of the more disappointing finishes in recent memory. Baltimore was by no means perfect on either side of the ball, but they made enough plays to go toe-to-toe with Drew Brees and company.
Baltimore jumped out a 10-point lead in the third quarter, which quickly disappeared as the Saints mounted a comeback. A potential game-tying scoring drive was thwarted by a Justin Tucker missed extra point.
It was a crushing defeat. While the desired result was ultimately not achieved, the Ravens did have several impressive moments throughout the game.
Check out some of them below and vote for your favorite!
Michael Pierce fumble recovery: The Saints ran 20 plays on their opening drive and chewed up over 10 minutes of clock, thanks to two fourth-down conversions. New Orleans attempted another fourth-down conversion in the redzone, but the Ravens defense stood strong. Alvin Kamara juggled the pitch attempt and Michael Pierce came up with a huge fumble recovery to give the Ravens possession.
John Brown 56-yard reception: The Ravens responded to a Saints touchdown drive with one of their own just before halftime, and it was all set up by another huge play from John Brown. Brown got open over the middle of the field and turned an intermediate reception into a huge gain. He nearly outran multiple Saints defenders, but was tackled just short of the endzone. Nevertheless, it was the largest offensive gain of the game.
Lamar Jackson 1-yard touchdown run: Thanks to Brown’s reception, the Ravens found themselves on the doorstep of scoring with just seconds remaining before halftime. After several unsuccessful attempts at scoring, Lamar Jackson took a direct snap and found the endzone off a read option play. It was Jackson’s first touchdown of the season, and hopefully won’t be the last. Jackson nearly scored against the Titans in Week 6, too.
Mark Andrews 8-yard touchdown reception: The Ravens expanded their lead on the second drive of the third quarter, courtesy of a Joe Flacco to Mark Andrews connection in the redzone. Andrews found an opening in the defense and overpowered Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore, who stood no chance at stopping Andrews from in the endzone.
John Brown 14-yard touchdown reception: With 24 seconds remaining and the Ravens trailing by seven points, Flacco and Brown hooked up for another huge play in the passing game. Brown somehow found himself wide open in the right corner of the endzone and Flacco hit him in stride. The touchdown would have sent the game to overtime if not for … well, you know. The reception was Brown’s seventh of the day and gave him 134 receiving yards.
What was your favorite play from Week 7?
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Michael Pierce’s fumble recovery
John Brown’s 56-yard reception
Lamar Jackson’s 1-yard touchdown run
Mark Andrews 8-yard touchdown reception
John Brown’s 14-yard touchdown reception