Sunday, October 30, 2011
Wrap-up: Ravens 30, Cardinals 27
By Jamison Hensley
Thoughts on the Baltimore Ravens' 30-27 win over the visiting Arizona Cardinals:
What it means: The Ravens avoided a second straight loss to a one-win team. Baltimore trailed 24-3 late in the second quarter before scoring 24 straight points. The Ravens improve to 5-2 to keep pace in the competitive AFC North.
Game winner: Billy Cundiff's 25-yard field goal as time expired allowed the Ravens to overcome their first-half struggles. The game winner was set up by Joe Flacco's 36-yard pass to rookie Torrey Smith.
Thumbs up: Ray Rice and Anquan Boldin. Rice was involved in the offense again with three touchdowns after eight carries on Monday night. Boldin carried the offense in the second-half rally and finished with 145 yards on seven catches.
Thumbs down: Penalties and pass protection. The Ravens had to sweat this one in the second half because of mistakes. They were flagged 11 times for 99 yards. The biggest problem in the first half was the Ravens' blocking. Flacco had no time in an ever-collapsing pocket.
Flacco watch: Flacco shrugged off a terrible start to go 19-for-28 for 238 yards in the second half. It was his third 300-yard passing performance in his past five games.
What's next: The Ravens play at the Pittsburgh Steelers seven weeks after they beat their AFC North rival 35-7 in the season opener.